When doctors told Brian Chang that he would never fully recover from the injuries he obtained in a car accident, he was undeterred. Instead of accepting the news, he traveled to Asia, where he sought treatment in the form of acupuncture and herbal medicine. After several months of therapy, he began to regain function and even found relief from several of his more incapacitating symptoms. His recovery inspired him to become Dr. Brian Chang, an acupuncturist and practitioner of Classical Chinese Medicine.
In his practice, Dr. Chang uses a holistic approach that addresses the underlying causes behind clients' symptoms, restoring a sense of balance to the body's natural energies (or chi). During acupuncture sessions, he accomplishes this by inserting hair-thin needles into key spots along the body, removing any blockages that interfere with the flow of these energies and helping alleviate everything from musculoskeletal pain to emotional stress from not knowing what it's like to be a pin cushion. While acupuncture is his core service, Dr. Chang offers treatments such as essential-oil therapy, cupping, and moxibustion as well.
Leyla Azizova, the licensed massage therapist at Health in Hands Spa, specialized in trigger-point therapy while in massage-therapy school in Moscow, Russia. Her goal is to help clients overcome their pain, and trigger-point therapy offers a thoroughly researched and successful means of doing so. Leyla has even been tapped by the CEO of the Hess Oil and Chemical Corporation as his private massage therapist. She's also mastered sports massage, prenatal massage, and multiple other forms. At Health in Hands Spa, she uses the modalities necessary to treat her clients' specific discomforts. Although trigger-point therapy is her marquee service, as it treats a variety of ailments ranging from muscle soreness to fibromyalgia, other techniques are available. They include Swedish, deep-tissue, and prenatal massages, as well as sports massages, which are helpful for athletes prepping for a big game or recovering from an intense bout with a gym-bag zipper.
If you didn't know Joseph Canova is a board-certified doctor of chiropractic, you might find it odd that he loves talking about stress. As a seasoned lecturer, he has traveled to numerous universities and organizations to discuss health-related issues such as stress management and treatment for injuries caused by automobile accidents. His words are echoed at Hoboken Integrated Healthcare, where he and his seasoned staff alleviate pain and conditions using integrated wellness services such as acupuncture, physical therapy, and spinal decompression, which is the simple act of telling aggravated vertebrae to “chill out, man.”
Well-being gets a well-rounded boost from Forever Young Sport Spa's more than 25 Pilates and yoga instructors, licensed massage therapists, aestheticians, and personal trainers, all of whom work together to calm bodies and minds with in-home and studio spa services. Skilled hands hush whining necks and shoulders with eight modalities of massage, including aromatherapy with eucalyptus, peppermint, and rosemary oils and a shiatsu technique that stimulates the body's meridians with pressure and acupuncture. Custom facials punch away at pore-clogging dirt and debris, and sauna wraps help remove toxins and boost metabolism.
Taught by nationally certified instructors, Pilates and yoga group classes include beginner and intermediate reformer, cardio boot camp reformer, advanced reformer, and studio mat classes. The spa's spacious studio complements the flowing movements with simple designs in pale, earthy tones. Additional personal-training sessions eliminate the need to paint muscles on otherwise nice T-shirts.
Gregory Serdahl was tired of hearing people refer to massage as a decadent treat. Though he appreciated massage therapy's power to pamper, he had seen the health benefits it can produce when performed every week or two. To help as many people as possible experience these benefits, he founded Massage America, a no-frills massage studio that promotes wellness with therapeutic strokes. There, a fresh line-up of licensed massage therapists tailor each service to specific needs and preferences, making clients from all walks of life feel calm, comfortable, and respected. They use their training in modalities including Swedish, deep-tissue, and sports massage to melt away bodily nuisances including tension, pain, and milk mustaches that have turned into butter beards. The therapists also specialize in deep-heat massages that incorporate hot hydroculator packs and mentholated oils that increase circulation and promote detoxification.
Krav maga teaches elaborate choreography and on-the-ground techniques designed for realistic self-defense situations. All the instructors at International Krav Maga New York have been certified by Gabi Noah at the World Krav Maga Center in Israel, where the system was developed for the use of the Israeli Defense Forces. From the first day of class, students take away tactics to defend themselves from assailants. In adaptable hand-to-hand combat exercises, men, women, kids, and individuals of varying abilities learn techniques to slip out of hand grabs, bear hugs, take-downs, and other threats in drills and scenarios that also improve strength and flexibility.