Nailing a job interview, taking a spiritual retreat, and heading out for a night with friends—these disparate activities all work to boost one’s Oola. Fun to say and satisfying to achieve, you attain Oola when several core factors of your life are thriving. Oola might mean that you’re feeling good about your fitness level, finances, career, faith, or relationship with your family, friends, and ant-farm residents. The folks at Oola hope to boost Oola levels nationwide by helping their clients map out their life’s goals and how they will go about achieving them. The service also boosts Oola quotients by introducing their members to cool businesses and offering discounts on services including massages, fitness, and mani-pedis.
Though Miracles' quirky and diversely talented staff of stylists, massage therapists, and aestheticians aims to lift patrons' spirits with beauty transformations, their work did not wholly inspire the salon's name—the beauty sanctuary's original location was inside an old church. Owner Kendalia Edelman has since expanded her business into a larger location, enabling her to add an area for laser treatments that target everything from excess hair to leg veins. She also found space for Little Miracles, a separate salon where kids up to age 9 can get haircuts with supervision from parents and invisible friends moonlighting as style consultants.
During a patient’s first visit to Madison Ayurveda and Massage, owner Sabrina Henderson conducts an in-depth, two-hour consultation, during which she reviews the patient’s diet, stress level, and daily routine. “It’s about getting to know you, not just on a superficial level,” says Henderson. “I look at [your] whole life structures.” Such personalized attention is central to her practice of ayurveda, a thousands-year-old medical tradition that emphasizes each body's uniqueness.
During sessions, Henderson draws on her training in ayurveda's ancient healing techniques, as well as her experience as a licensed massage therapist, to design personalized, holistic treatments for each client. Her recommendations may include restorative treatments such as massage therapy or energy work such as reiki and marma therapy, an ayurvedic form of acupressure. To aid carefully customized relaxation, she administers treatments in private rooms replete with gentle music, essential-oil heaters, and doves softly cooing the patient's name.
At Relaxa Massage, therapist João Frasier, CLMT, reduces muscular maladies through a variety of personalized, naturally therapeutic massages. The deep-tissue massage distracts dermal defenses with a hypnotically shiny watch while digging deep to relieve tension in over-worked lower layers of muscle and connective tissues. Treat trans-continental tension with a Swedish massage, which incorporates five styles of long, flowing strokes to help reduce pain, joint stiffness, and improve the punting abilities of patients with osteoarthritis of the knee. The trigger-point massage pinpoints pain at its source by kneading palpable nodules and flattening fibrous flaws.
Born in a small village in the mountains of Thailand, Tanatnan Chaipang struggled through a series of health difficulties that stemmed from a life-threatening illness, a congenital foot disorder, and multiple car accidents. Fortunately, her grandmother was the town healer and midwife, helping Tanatnan manage her pain, as well as steer her toward a healthy lifestyle. Through this work with her grandma, she saw the benefits of massage first hand, spurring her toward an eventual career where she’d be able to pass these benefits on to others. After becoming certified as a massage therapist in Madison and honing her skills in her native Thailand, Tanatnan finally realized her goal and opened Sha-Ba Wellness & Spa.
Today, she works with a staff to perform bodywork that not only relaxes patients, but also helps them heal and hopefully find relief from any lingering pains. They combine elements of Eastern techniques, such as Thai massage and Chinese tui-na, with Western modalities that include sports and Swedish massage. They also provide chair massage, foot reflexology, and ion footbaths, which work to cast out harmful toxins and absorbed sock lint.