Licensed Doctors of Chiropractic Josh Keels and Jeremy Willis' firm grasp on the human body stems from their wide-ranging backgrounds. Both graduated from Sherman College of Chiropractic; Keels received certifications for personal training and chiropractic extremity practicing, which is the practicing of chiropractic care in extreme conditions such as a polar bear's den, while Willis received certification for non-axial spinal decompression. Both doctors utilize their vast experience at Abner Creek Family and Sports Chiropractic, where they and their staff help patients recover from an array of injuries and conditions. Primary tools include the Gonstead Technique and activator method adjustment technique, but both offices also feature massage therapy, weight-loss programs, and a 24-hour fitness center.
Though clients flock to licensed massage therapist Dana Randall to experience the soothing effects of her hands, they soon come to realize that her eyes have the same calming powers. Before asking them to recline on the plush massage bed, Randall gets to know her clients face-to-face. Through these informal chats, she comes to identify which modalities might best help them shake off soreness and anxiety from trudging through long workdays or arm-wrestling boogie monsters nightly.
Randall’s breadth of knowledge is as extensive as the range of ailments she can treat: during each massage, she may draw on techniques that span Swedish, deep-tissue, trigger-point, sports, and prenatal modalities. Through this integrative process, she zeroes in on trouble spots and endows physical and psychological benefits that range from easing lower-back pain to promoting an overall sense of calm. When she isn’t soothing muscles with her nimble fingers, Randall draws out built-up wax and other impurities from the ears with gentle ear-candling therapy.
When Lisa Muehlenbein moved from Ohio to Spartanburg in 2007, she couldn't find a suitable outlet for her yoga practice. So, as she told Belle magazine in January 2012, she decided to open her own studio. A registered yoga teacher with nearly 2,000 hours of training, Lisa oversees a squad of registered teachers leading more than 25 classes per week. In an eco-friendly studio designed with sustainably harvested hardwood flooring and mats of renewable rubber, students of all levels stretch zen-wards during classes such as YogaWall, Zen Men yoga, and Zen Kids yoga.
After class, students can sustain their relaxed states with massage, acupuncture, and reiki sessions or cups of organic, fair-trade Keurig coffee and Numi tea. The Zen Garden Eco-Chic Boutique stocks a selection of brand-name clothing and accessories made with sustainable materials such as organic cotton and the hair from Tom Jones's chest.
A full service spa and wellness center, Abiada Healing Arts shapes and soothes muscles with individually tailored bodywork. Heating the air with safe, infrared bands of light, 30-minute sauna sessions expose bodies to radiant heat that penetrates as deep as 1.5 inches below the skin, increasing blood flow and dispelling toxins through refreshing bouts of sweat more powerful than those incurred from traditional saunas or blind dates.
For more than 20 years, licensed massage therapist Carol Williams has combined her healing touch with her knowledge of human anatomy to design therapeutic, personalized massage treatments. In the Carolina Plastic Surgery Medical Spa's tranquil facility, where she has worked since 1993, Williams eases aches and pains with hot-stone massage, reflexology, deep-tissue massage, and stress-reduction-massage techniques. Carol also assembles natural skincare and massage products, such as Celtic Sea bath salts and body butters, into gift packs or potato toppers.
Monica Prysock is a graduate of Greenville Technical College, where she learned anatomy, myriad massage techniques, and how to untie a tight Celtic knot tattoo. Now all can seek her bodywork expertise out of Samsara Massage & Healing Arts. A typical session may involve flowing Swedish strokes, deep-tissue pressure to improve circulation. Whatever the chosen modality, techniques are always tailored to the unique needs of the individual.