Working as a paramedic for 10 years, Beth Thompson witnessed the damage of unhealthy eating habits up close and personal. With a passion for wellness burnished by her experiences in that job, she earned her teacher’s license to show young people how to preempt diet-caused illness. That endeavor eventually led her to create Target Metabolism, a health-and-wellness company that champions weight loss through accurate analysis of the body and caloric tracking. Beth and her team of registered dieticians work with clients to create personal portraits of their metabolic needs, and they delve into thinking past carbohydrates and focusing on a “calories in vs. calories out” metric. This caloric count is based on the client's specific metabolism, rather than the average metabolism of the client's age, weight, height, and gender group. In addition to dieticians, the staff includes massage therapists that offer specific treatments to help the body relax during the weight-loss process. Modalities include hot stone and aromatherapy.
Licensed massage therapist Craig Cravens is so adept at healing mental and corporeal aches that the Indianapolis Colts rely on him to knead out their muscular knots and stresses caused by hiding love poems penned to a rival team’s mascot. Craig developed a passion for healing while in his early 20s. His passion led him into the study of massage therapy, during which he learned to isolate problem areas and dole out the appropriate technique. He founded Healing Hand Treatment Center, where every day he puts 15 years of experience to work. During treatments, he customizes each Swedish and deep-tissue massage to target muscular tension, stress, and strain, providing his clients with optimum relief.
Though people with a deep religious conviction tend to gravitate toward volunteer work or scholarship, the three massage therapists at Faith Heals Massage LLC took a different route. When they aren’t using their gifts to help clients along in their spiritual journeys, the therapists keep physical forms in top shape with massage services that draw on acupressure, Swedish, and reiki techniques, among others. Two of the therapists—Dallas and Elishia Hendricks—share more than the bond of marriage; both came to massage through their own struggles with injuries, and both proved their worth as therapists by kneading the knots out of a wooden table.
Massage therapist Pamela Thompson plied her trade in both the spa and medical fields. The range of her experience gives her a unique versatility; spa settings typically center on general relaxation and uplifting massages, whereas nursing homes and hospitals demand more therapeutic and clinical bodywork. At Wellness Services, she?s well equipped to uplift clients both emotionally and physically. With Swedish and hot-stone massages, she elicits feelings of bliss and looseness. Likewise, her specialties in deep-tissue, integrated, and prenatal massages allow her to treat muscle pain, symptoms of lingering injuries, and soreness from constructing geodesic-domed baby cribs.
Christine Smith's aesthetics training is still fresh in her mind: she graduated from Paul Mitchell The School less than a year ago. Using her adept hands and a range of Redken products, she trims, styles, and conditions her clients' hair to create shapes more varied than the results of a circle-drawing contest. In addition to her signature highlights, she beautifies tresses with single-process color.
Christine tends to her clients inside the calming atmosphere of Salon D'va, where fellow beauty experts perform services ranging from spa mani-pedis to reflexology to aromatherapy massages.
Kate Bilyj, Hygeia Healing Hands’ licensed massage therapist, has served as an official member of the massage-therapy team for the 2006 USA Track and Field National Championships and the 2008 USA Diving Olympic trials. Her vast knowledge of the human form and her experience in injury rehabilitation allow her to provide her clients with massages that nurture the mind and the body. She offers orthopedic massages, Swedish bodywork, sports massage, and active isolated stretching exercises.