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Body in Balance Studio’s neutral tones engender peace and clarity, and it is in that atmosphere that owner Pamela Smith and a staff of licensed therapists work to extricate stress from muscles. After consulting with clients, therapists personalize massage sessions with techniques such as Swedish, deep tissue, and hot stone. They can add aromatherapy to promote relaxation the way the smell of hot coffee makes it easier to wake up and the scent of gasoline makes it easier to know something's wrong with the wedding. The team also renders spa treatments—such as facials and waxing—to groom exteriors, and they host occasional yoga classes in a sage-green room.
At A Kneaded Balance, LLC, founder Angela Sharkey draws from a host of certifications as she assuages aches and pains throughout the body. Having completed advanced training in oncology massage and lymphatic treatments, Angela soothes patients battling or recovering from cancer, or encourages drainage and decongestion in clients suffering from lymphedema. In addition to treating chronic or temporary physical ailments, she also promotes a deep sense of relaxation through hot-stone massages and reflexology treatments.
At Health Source of Concord, Doctor of Chiropractic Chris W. McNulty eliminates pain and puts bodies back into balance with noninvasive, drug-free chiropractic techniques. For instance, he performs gentle spinal adjustments, using a "specific prone" technique that's geared toward patients' comfort. He also promotes health through acupuncture treatments, expertly redirecting the body's flow of energy with thin, sterile needles.
For licensed massage and bodywork therapist Diana Hall, the body is as great a sanctuary as the mind. Customized around each client's individual needs and propensity to play catch with the head of a marble statue, Diana's Swedish and deep-tissue massages help increase circulation and flexibility as well as reduce discomforts such as stress and muscle tightness. To enrich mental well-being, Diana draws upon her life-coaching skills by arranging events such as lectures in which attendees learn to transform their negative thoughts into positive, empowering mantras.
Dr. Darcey Walraven Ladner was once told she would never walk again without spinal surgery. After being thrown from a horse, she suffered a herniated disc and decided to visit a chiropractor before agreeing to an invasive procedure. It took months of intense chiropractic care, but she soon recovered her ability to walk without surgery and eventually get back in the saddle. Despite her positive outcome, it wasn't until she witnessed a horse recover from a serious injury through chiropractic care that she realized she wanted to devote herself to this branch of medicine, which helped not only her, but also the animals she loves so much.
Thus it's no surprise that today at Omni Wellness Center, Dr. Walraven Ladner and her team of certified and trained professionals focus on bettering the lives of both humans and animals. For two-legged patients, their services cover everything from spinal adjustments to corrective exercises. And for animals––specifically horses, dogs, and cats––they offer an array of holistic options to treat joints and improve competitive performance.