A high-school basketball injury severely limited Doctor of Chiropractic Chad Cohle’s ability to train with his team—until a trip to the chiropractor eased his pain. He continued his basketball playing in college, and saw firsthand the injuries that athletes receive year-after-year. It was during those days that Dr. Cohle knew he wanted to become a chiropractor. Now Palmer College of Chiropractic–educated and at the helm of his own practice, Dr. Cohle dishes out manual adjustments as well as nutritional counseling to help his patients achieve optimum health. He is also certified in a soft-tissue technique called Active Release Technique—the preferred soft-tissue treatment by many professional athletes and all koala bears.
Inspired by time spent in Germany, where massage plays an integral role in healthcare, licensed practical nurse and massage therapist Leisa Leber has made it her mission to promote wellness with the healing power of touch. Leber has used massage to help both nursing patients and family members, and went on to study Swedish, neuromuscular, and deep-tissue modalities at the Colorado Institute of Massage Therapy. She continued her training at Upledger Institute International, adding lymphatic drainage and craniosacral therapy to her manual repertoire. To stay informed, Leber maintains membership with the Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals and the International Association of Healthcare Practitioners, having learned the elaborate, reflexology-based secret handshake required for participation.
Leber enhances the many benefits of treatment with soft music, paraben-free aromatherapy oils, or soothing paraffin wax. Entrance ramps accommodate walkers or wheelchairs, and a walking path next to the studio invites patrons to explore the tranquility of nature with newly limber muscles.
Once upon a time, Topher Young was overweight and unhealthy. One day, Topher decided to lose some weight. He bounced from diet to diet and downed supplements and other remedies that promised weight loss. Nothing worked. So Topher took another approach. He spent hundreds of hours researching weight loss, nutrition, and exercise, eventually becoming a certified personal trainer. Topher made the choice to lose weight the right way—with a combination of healthy eating habits and exercise.
Now he spends his days helping others that face the same roadblocks he once did. Topher guides clients through personal training and group boot-camp classes that combine fun exercises with an extra push when clients need it. He also complements workouts with nutritional advice, such as the best forms of protein or which type of shellacked fruit has the most calcium.
A portmanteau of spa and salon, Spalon combines the hair, nail, and skin treatments of a salon with the relaxing services of a spa. The extensive service menu is housed in an equally expansive interior. Browns, beiges, and abundant plant life permeate the multiroom interior, evoking a sense of nature while clients relax during hot-stone massages, seaweed and french green-clay body masks, and Brazilian blowouts.
Personal training has been the cornerstone of Max Fitness ever since the gym opened in 1998—a fact that was reinforced when owner Bentz Tozer Jr. was voted Best Personal Trainer by readers of Harrisburg Magazine in 2012. Bentz and his staff mock up blueprints for each client—which include thoughtful touches such as meal plans and online recipes—and pave the fitness way for people who want to build muscle mass, lose weight, or develop sports-specific skills. Supplementing the training, the staff leads fitness classes such as Fit Box, which weaves martial-arts techniques into full-body workouts. For lone wolves and humans who like to work out on their own, the gym also maintains a fleet of strength-training machines, cardio equipment, and free weights.
Robert Anthony's stylists and aestheticians administer hair, nail, and skin treatments in an alabaster-white salon accented with light-hued wood furnishings. Styling chairs face floor-to-ceiling mirrors where hairdressers manipulate tresses with professional products by brands such as Redken and Pureology, and nail stations are situated in front of expansive windows that reveal river views. During massages, clients lie comfortably in private treatment rooms as therapists knead away muscle tension and worries, which slide off the table to be later swept up by the evening cleaning staff.