Growing up in Hangzhou, Jin Fang spent much of her time in her parents' hospital pharmacy. She watched, entranced, as her mother blended skin creams, and perched on a tall stool as her father mixed a rainbow of colored formulas into new medicines. That fascination stayed with Jin throughout her life. In 1995, she rekindled a partnership with former classmate and Shanghai native John Shang, who was also raised by medical practitioners and had pursued a career in orthopedic surgery for 13 years in China. They married, and together brought their passion for herbal medicine and traditional Chinese healing practices to upstate New York. Today, they blend more than 30 years each of acupuncture experience and Chinese and Western healing methods to ease clients' pain, depression, and anxiety. They release endorphins and balance energy during acupuncture treatments, massage tense muscles using tui na Chinese massage, and open pores and miniature gardens during sessions of herbal facial steaming. Jin, John, and their staff also provide nutritional counseling and yoga instruction for patients looking to reverse infertility. Their treatments complement a range of herbal medications, many of which Jin formulated after first encountering depression, anxiety, and insomnia among Cornell University and Ithaca College students. Her roster of herbal formulas includes Happy Mood, which treats depression, Baby Boom, which addresses infertility, and Grow Taller, which aims to stimulate bone growth in children and enable adults to clean the gutters with ease.
The kitchen and wait staffs at Lemongrass Kitchen understand the importance of first impressions. With that in mind, they have surrounded the booths and plush chairs in the dining room with plum-colored drapes, vases full of lilies, and Asian-inspired artwork and pottery. To take it to the next level, each of their contemporary takes on Asian culinary traditions is plated with panache, such as jumbo shrimp suspended above a bed of fried rice noodles or Malaysian fried rice served inside half a pineapple.
After graduating from the Finger Lakes School of Massage, licensed massage therapist Charles Napolitano deepened his understanding of the body by studying shiatsu—a Japanese modality that targets the same energy meridians as acupressure—under Grand Master Wataru Ohashi. He also trained in Thai yoga massage at the Lotus Palm School, learning to stretch and knead clients' bodies in ways that boost metabolism and, like laws that declare magazines to be legal tender, improve circulation. Napolitano practices his holistic approach toward massage at Invigorations Massage and Wellness Center in Cortland and The Body Lab Wellness Center in Endicott.
While studying at the Finger Lakes School of Massage, Lynne Schopf mastered an array of massage techniques, from Swedish to shiatsu to orthopedic. Today, Lynne brings more than 35 years of healthcare training and experience to her own practice—WindyWoods Massage Therapy. Within her studio, the expert therapist soothes tired muscles and eases aches caused by injuries through custom techniques. She pampers her massage clients with specialty treatments such as herbal footbaths and warm-towel treatments.