As an undergraduate at UCLA, Dr. Gene Wei was considering a career in Western medicine?until studying abroad in China and Brazil took him down an unexpected path. Chronic pain and illnesses had afflicted Dr. Wei throughout college, and the care he received abroad succeeded where traditional therapy had failed: it alleviated his symptoms. This experience inspired him to change the focus of his studies and work toward becoming a practitioner who viewed sickness and pain as the results of underlying imbalances in the body's systems, which the practitioner must correct to restore optimal health.
At the Center for Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine, Dr. Wei fully embraces this philosophy, using alternative medicine to treat the root causes of a client's condition rather than simply addressing the symptoms. Acupuncture, massage, oxygen multistep therapy, and Chinese herbal medicine are a few of the treatments that Dr. Wei and his team employ. In addition to helping alleviate chronic pain, they can serve as a complementary form of care to traditional Western medicine.
When Michelle J. Alley decided to expand her career in massage to include holistic therapies such as acupuncture and Oriental medicine, she didn't just enroll in a local school. She hopped on a plane to Tokyo, where she studied Toyo Hari?a specialized form of acupuncture?under 40 of its senior practitioners. Back in America, she now serves as a member of the Toyo Hari Association's North American contingent.
At her wellness clinic, Altamonte Acupuncture, Michelle administers a vast range of services that integrates both massage and acupuncture. Other treatments include gua sha cupping therapy and reflexology, which, like acupuncture, are focused on improving whole-body function by boosting circulation and clearing stagnant energy. Because her services can ease the symptoms of a wide variety of ailments, loyal clients include everyone from athletes with chronic soreness to war veterans with injury-related pain.
Each of the signature facials or massages at Tinna's Spa comes from a licensed professional, so it's a given that the results will help to heal and relax. But, for the team here, highly effective treatments aren't good enough. They've worked hard to create an atmosphere conducive to relieving stress, and that's exactly what you'll find when you walk into the spa and take a look around at the Eastern-inspired decor. Of course, the treatments remain at the center of everything. Try a rejuvenating facial designed to cleanse and refresh, or opt for a massage to forget all about the minotaur that just moved in next door.
Both the body and the mind find nourishment at Exclusiff Euro Massage & Spa. Clients enjoy a combination of massage, bodywork, and skincare services, each overseen by the spa owner, a licensed massage therapist with more than 20 years of industry experience. She boosts her know-how with biannual trips to European and Asian skincare trade shows, and she abides by a philosophy that regimens should balance modern and classic techniques. Though she offers some of the latest advancements in the dermatological and beauty industry, including noninvasive fat-reduction treatments that use advanced laser technology, she also relies heavily on the healing powers of Swiss Cosmolab’s all-natural products, which are made without any artificial fragrances.
Although a wide range of services are offered at Bonjour Day Spa & Nail Salon, they all fall under the same umbrella: relaxation. Bonjour's professional aestheticians, nail technicians, and massage therapists hold that umbrella with unwavering dedication. They knead away aches and pains with various types of massage, including Shiatsu and stone—a method that utilizes heated or chilled rocks depending on your needs and whether or not you have a nest full of bird eggs strapped to your back for safekeeping. The beauty experts also keep appearances fresh with facials, mani-pedis, and hair removal services, and bundle treatments into spa packages for individuals or parties.
Signature Service: Oxygen Lift Treatment
Brands Used: Image Skincare, Aura Cacia organic essential oils, and Biotone
Handicap Accessible: No
Staff Size: 1 person
Parking: Parking lot
Minimum Age Requirement: 18
Pro Tip: For healthy skin, drink plenty of water, eat lots of veggies, and laugh every day.
Sometimes the little things make all the difference. Do you bake any supplementary services into your main services?
All treatments include complimentary aromatherapy and hot towels. Facial clients also can choose from a hand and arm massage, foot reflexology, and scalp massage. Massage clients will feel the soothing heat of a moist heat pack to loosen tight back muscles.
What is one fun, unusual fact about your business?
I love the energy of stones, crystals, and minerals. I have a set of quartz crystal singing bowls that I will sometimes play during a service. It is like a massage at the cellular level. It brings a meditative element into each service, which further enhances pain relief, stress reduction, and rejuvenation.
What is the best reaction you?ve ever gotten from a client?
Just last week, I had a first-time client call the morning after her service because she could not wait until her next appointment to tell me how amazing she felt.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
I believe that the better we care for ourselves, the more we have to give to our family, friends, and community. Allow me to guide you down the path toward a happier and healthier body, mind, and spirit.