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.
After his residency at Albany Medical College, medical director Dr. David LaMond decided to continue his love for teaching by making patient education one of the core principles of Blue Sky MD's approach to total patient care. That's why Dr. LaMond and his team of physicians combine in-depth consultations, online resources, and medical vocabulary quizzes with their services, ensuring that patients undergoing supervised weight-loss treatments understand the results of body-composition analyses and how custom exercise and nutrition regimens work. Blue Sky MD also follows the idea that overall well-being is not only about being physically healthy but also about being emotionally healthy. Thus, counselors work side by side with physicians and liberally compliment patients on the shininess of their shoes. The clinic further helps patients feel good about themselves by offering aesthetic services, such as chemical peels, Botox, noninvasive body contouring, and laser skin treatments.
Rebecca Baumann is a licensed massage and bodywork therapist and aesthetician. Her massages focus on stress and pain management, with helpful tools that include warm towels, mexican jumping beans, and heated stones. Her body wraps, which pull double duty calming muscles and boosting circulation, are crafted from lavender, shea butter, and bentonite clay. Facials for sensitive or blemished skin round out the menu of services at Grateful Zen, located inside the Monarch Healing Center.
Earthy tones, water fountains, and soothing music create a tranquil environment at Mountain Oasis Day Spa, where a trio of licensed professionals—an asthetician, an acupuncturist, and a massage therapist—applies their skills and know-how. To compliment the serene ambiance, an outdoor garden welcomes those that would like to take a minute to relax or nibble on leaves after a spa session. For holistic healing, the spa offers a full menu of massage, Chinese medicine, and acupuncture services. Their mani-pedis and waxing services beautify bodies, and the staff revitalizes visages with facials and LashDip treatments, a semi-permanent mascara application that lasts up to six weeks.
Certified in natural medicine and applied kinesiology, Doctor of Chiropractic Todd Stone uses his education and experience to unmask the underlying causes of ailing health. As the lead of True Health Family Wellness Center, the doctor enters every appointment on a mission to find out why patients are experiencing pain, rather than simply testing ways to temporarily mask their discomfort. After a regimen of comprehensive labs and exams, the doctor will outline the most appropriate plan of action, be it applied kinesiology or modifying the patient’s daily diet.
Elements Spa's menu of treatments, based on European spa therapies and Chinese medicinal teachings, reflects the interests of co-owner and master spa therapist Patti Beggs, who has experience as a licensed massage therapist, certified aesthetician, and tai chi instructor. During the one-hour signature massage, the light strokes of the Swedish technique follow a path smoothed with grapeseed oil, which has a light texture and high level of antioxidants more popular with skin than reality shows that star sharp-tongued bottles of moisturizer.
Deb Casaccia is a licensed massage therapist and aesthetician who specializes in Swedish strokes, shiatsu massage, and reflexology. Her massage sessions are personalized to the client, and always incorporate aromatherapy and hot towels to promote deep relaxation. Clients may also request therapeutic hot stones to ease tension or a firm, deep-tissue technique to access chronic lower-layer ache.