In 1997, Elizabeth Hotard experienced a life-threatening allergic reaction that changed her perspective on health and healing. At the time, she was a practical nurse, so she took pharmaceuticals and steroids to recover. But the meds yielded disappointing results, so she left them behind and started living a healthier life. By adding whole foods, raw vegetables, supplements, juices, and herbs to her diet, she began to feel better than she did in her twenties. Her positive experience with natural remedies led her to a career in alternative health care. Elizabeth presently holds licenses and certifications as a practical nurse, a massage therapist, and a natural-health practitioner. Her menu of naturopathic treatments consists of massage therapy, detoxification, and wellness services such as nutritional counseling. In accordance with Integrated Wellness' mission to help people "achieve optimal health and potential to enjoy life to the fullest," she excludes inessential drugs, surgeries, or knock-knock jokes when suggesting treatments.
While following Wellness in Motion Chiropractic's mission to help people achieve better health and wellness, Doctors of Chiropractic Lorenz Hamburger and Erica Manger work with a handpicked crew of massage therapists. The doctors team up with the therapists to select and customize a massage for each client, addressing individual needs, goals, and knots. Clients can choose either a male or female member of the massage team, all of whom utilize therapeutic deep-tissue and Swedish massage techniques, as well as massages geared toward expecting mothers, athletes, and models who have spent the past month posing for a marble sculpture. In addition to chiropractic care and massages, Wellness in Motion Chiropractic helps guide patients toward better health with exercise, nutrition, and motivational coaching.
A wildly successful alternative to traditional day spas—its more than 300 locations blanket 36 states and half a dozen countries—Planet Beach Contempo Spa is a futuristic relaxation station where state-of-the-art machines administer all the spa and tanning services. These friendly automatons sometimes replace familiar treatments, as in the Luminous facial, a light-based service that delivers blemish-busting results similar to those of a conventional facial. But other equipment maps out new spa territory entirely: the Hydro-Derma Fusion chamber moisturizes the whole body with nutrient-rich steam in order to offset the effects of a dry climate or a rear-end collision with a salt truck. Other machines whiten teeth, spray tan skin, and massage muscles. Planet Beach operates on a gym-style membership system, meaning that members purchase packages or pay flat monthly rates. As members spend more time at the spa, they get to know the helpful assistants who are always on hand to demonstrate how to use the equipment without activating its ability to cry.
From college and pro athletes to stay-at-home moms and seniors, Ann Roth's diverse clientele have vastly different needs when it comes to massage therapy. Now that she’s spent more than 10 years as a licensed massage therapist, Roth has become adept at working with most every type of client under the sun. She’s also mastered an array of different types of massages and top-40 ballads to help soothe each individual’s internal discomfort. She’s nationally certified in Swedish, deep tissue, neuromuscular, and hot stone modalities, and has also in trained in reflexology and prenatal treatments.
Some massages "hurt so good," and others just plain hurt. Kourtney Hotard dedicates herself to staying well within a client's threshold for discomfort, using skillful pressure rather than just cluster-bombing the back with hard, aggressive kneading. The goal isn't to cause more pain—Kourtney aims to melt away chronic muscular issues, manage headaches, and promote better circulation. She achieves these results by consulting with clients beforehand to help tailor sessions to their specific needs.