At Touch of Sol, a licensed massage therapist relaxes mortal coils during massages and five different naturally derived body wraps. Inside a cozy room draped with a floral rug, the relaxation massage deploys nimble fingers over epidermal canvases, unfurling light to moderate pressure for overall stress relief. The therapeutic massage employs greater pressure to reach muscles deep beneath the skin’s surface, relieving tension and pain caused by somersaulting to and from work. Alternatively, clients may opt for a choice of five 75-minute body wraps. The Dead Sea mud formula is designed to decrease inflammation, and the sea-algae mud treatment is designed to purge toxins, stimulate circulation, and improve skin elasticity. After the mud concoction is slathered over the body, a layer of hot towels helps hides to soak up the vitamins while disguising them from lovelorn swamp things. A quick shower rinses clients clean before the therapist lavishes skin with lotion for extra hydration.
Fountain of Youth Medical Laser Spa?s staff of certified aestheticians, massage therapists, laser technicians, nurses, and physicians helps faces regain their youthful splendor with skincare treatments. Under the guidance of a board-certified medical director, they helm medical aesthetic machinery that vanquishes unwanted hair and sloughs dead skin cells from the face. Each treatment takes place after a staffer conducts a consultation to customize any necessary treatments and to build a friendly rapport with the patient.
ThinFast MD's team of weight-loss specialists?including physicians, nurses, and dietitians?works together to design custom programs for patients of all sizes and ages. With focuses ranging from appetite suppressants to diabetes and nutrition counseling, they help regulate the body's intake of food and spotlight the healthiest choices for each patient's body. They also work with the Optifast meal-replacement program, which kick-starts weight loss with 16 weeks of nutritious meals, custom transition diets, and regular labs and monitoring as needed. Every patient receives a complimentary initial consultation so that the doctors can divine realistic goals. At the root of those goals is the recognition that the best reason to adopt a healthy diet and start exercising is not simply to lose weight or make a lazy pet jealous, but because it feels good and develops a sense of overall well-being.
The staff of doctors, chiropractors, and physical therapists at McHenry Medical Center treats pain with physical therapy and massage as well as offers pain-management options. The team focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of patients with chronic pain and works to help them recover with a variety of techniques, including trigger-point therapy and neuropathy.
Ken Wozniak—or "Coach Ken," as he's known to members—founded Energize Zone Wellness Center to create a safe place for people to commit to nutrition and fitness. He says that changing his nutritional habits "gave me my life back, so it's something I wanted to share with the rest of the world."
He and a team of wellness coaches help patrons reach their goals through fitness classes, body-transformation weight-loss challenges, and nutrition sessions. When new members come in, the trainers assess their fitness status with complimentary wellness profiles, which contain custom health and nutrition information, such as how many calories and how much protein they should eat to maintain a healthy weight. The coaches follow up with regular assessments—which members can request whenever they'd like—that help them track their progress between sessions, whether they're seeing how much faster they can run a mile, how many more pushups they can do, or how many more Van Halen songs they can perform at turbo speed in one karaoke slot. In addition to nutritional coaching, group fitness classes, including boot camp, cardio kickboxing, and Zumba, keep bodies moving.
Ken says many of the club’s members are new to wellness or are at the ends of their ropes with other methods. "The people who come here are the people who don't want to go to the big gyms," he says. "We call this a safe haven for people who want to come here and get healthy." He credits their supportive atmosphere to the fact that he and the other coaches have similar histories to many of their clients; one of the coaches, for instance, dropped 90 pounds as a member before becoming a coach to help others do what she did. "We are people who have been there," Ken says.
Plastic surgeon Dr. Tracy McCall uses her healing hands to heal at Lake Country Plastic and Hand Surgery. She performs procedures that ease the pain of carpal tunnel syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, and Dupuytren's contracture.
Though hands are the center's specialty, the skilled staff also perform other aesthetic and plastic-surgery services, such as skin-rejuvenation treatments performed by experienced aesthetician Cari Kavetschanky. Cari helps each client create a custom skincare regimen to address his or her beauty concerns. When creating these regimens, she takes the time to consider clients' budgets, lifestyle habits, time constraints, and preferred utensils with which to smear cream on their faces.