Acu-Na Wellness Center, now located in the Fletcher neighborhood, offers a wide range of wellness services from holistic health consultations to organic day spa treatments––including body scrubs, body wraps, and facials––to fitness courses, wellness consultations and programs, hydration therapy, and acupuncture. To an acupuncturist, the body’s surface is not just skin; it’s a map that can be used to refresh natural functions and mute chronic pains. This is done with very thin needles, which encourage the body to heal when inserted in specific points, a process that many describe as painless and relaxing. This ancient Eastern healing method is just one of the natural modalities that Acu-Na Wellness Center’s primary practitioner Mary J. Houge has mastered. She wields training in Chinese herbs, bodywork, functional nutrition, and lifestyle education to soothe such common bodily issues as neuro-endocrine imbalances to high blood pressure and cholesterol. Along with a team of massage therapists, wellness coaches, hydration specialists, and aestheticians, her associate staff––which includes a Kundalini yoga instructor––Mary helps to support healthy lifestyles by offering a FirstLine therapeutic lifestyle program, as well as an assortment of fitness classes such as personalized wellness coaching and sports nutrition training.
Doctor of Chiropractic Eva Marie Andersson brings 15 years of experience to the alternative therapies practice at Sage Wellness Group. Dr. Andersson is both a certified doula and natural-healthcare specialist with training in herbal therapies, functional endocrinology, and whole-food nutrition. She combines scientific diagnostic testing with natural therapies to provide holistic health treatments for a variety of ailments, including insomnia, cholesterol problems, and anxiety. Yoga classes are provided to create an atmosphere for meditation and stress relief. Hormone balancing and weight management target physical concerns, whereas real-age testing can help determine whether your 45-year-old neighbor is secretly a 12-year-old.
Arden Dental Group's trio of doctors helms a staff of licensed dental assistants and hygienists as they foster oral health with an encyclopedia of general, restorative, and cosmetic dental procedures. The facility's 14 treatment rooms provide a stage upon which dental doyens maintain chompers, treat gum disease, beautify smiles with porcelain veneers, and practice Hamlet's dramatic flossing monolog. As a charter member of the Eco-Dentistry Association, Arden Dental Group makes a conscious effort to imbue each session with green dentistry practices by efficiently handling water and electricity consumption as well as waste disposal.
Founded by Doctors Tahl N. Humes and W. Jason Martin, Vitahl Medical Aesthetics pairs safe and professional medical procedures with a tranquil, spa-like environment. Medical-grade lasers assist the doctors and their team of registered nurses, physicians' assistants, and laser specialists in sculpting the body, rejuvenating the skin, or lessening the appearance of scars, sun damage, and tattoos bearing the name of the wrong mother. The staffers also help to remove wrinkles with injectable solutions, create lusher lashes with doses of Latisse, and battle stubborn acne with medical peels.
Outdoor Family Fun Center nurtures the various swing-based abilities of its patrons with multiple driving, putting, and batting facilities. Customers can exchange batting-cage tokens ($1.75/each) for 15 pitches from an arm-style machine. The batting cages launch line-drive ammo at various speeds that range from slow-pitch softballs to 80-mph baseballs. Throughout the year golfers can calibrate their crosshairs with buckets of balls ($6+) on the driving range's covered and heated hitting stations or the artificial mats and grass tees. The 3-acre Bermuda grass short-game area ($8 for all-day play) includes target greens and uphill lies while enabling golfers to practice picking the locks on sand traps. The 18-hole, par 42 miniature golf course ($5 for kids younger than 12, $6 for adults) challenges putters with slopes, turns, and professionally landscaped ponds and waterfalls.
Blue Ridge CrossFit’s certified coaches fortify muscles and minds with nearly 40 weekly co-ed classes held in a 4,500-square-foot gym. Built upon short, varied intervals of functional strength-training exercises, such as box jumps and kettlebell swings, workouts brim with more intensity than a lightning bolt’s sternest stare. In addition to sculpting sinews, squats, presses, and other weightlifting moves build muscle mass to help the body burn calories efficiently. An ever-changing line-up of bodyweight exercises, such as handstands and pushups, are performed at the gym or atop passing parade floats. Scalable to different levels of fitness and skill, the routines let new exercisers and elite athletes chase their goals side by side as they cultivate stamina and speed.