Students hoping to one day work in world-class resorts, spas, and hotels or as the head of their own therapeutic practice descend upon Derwen Therapies for classes in everything from aromatherapy to nutrition. This holistic wellness center and reflexology academy offers certification in a number of different fields—including reflexology and anatomy and physiology—and students receive hands-on instruction from professionals within their chosen field.
Tthe licensed massage therapists knead achy muscles with a range of diverse massage modalities that ease aches associated with sports, everyday stress, or pregnancy. Clients can soothe the senses and nurture holistic wellness by adding aromatherapy to certain treatments, and eastern-inspired refloxology and acupressure are also available for enhanced well-being.
Meanwhile, A Refined Touch's nutrition response testing uses responses from acupressure points to help identify problem areas related to dietary insufficiencies. Then, with the help of nutrient-rich supplements derived from plants, clients can tweak their own diet to make it more healthy.
Element 5 Om’s owner and licensed acupuncturist Sheri Davidson focuses on making disparate parts work together as a whole. Sheri began her traditional Chinese medical studies in 2000, cultivating a passion for Japanese architecture and martial-arts along the way. Through her studies, Davidson has learned extensively in the fields of Acupuncture, moxibustion training, Chinese herbology, Tai Chi, and Qigong.
Eastern medicine emphasizes a theory of interconnectedness. For example, the lungs affect the kidneys, which in turn affect the heart. To this end, the clinic’s range of services works to bring clients’ bodies into balance, without standard medications or excessive seesaws. Acupuncture guides the body’s energy flow into more healthful patterns by inserting fine needles into certain meridian points on the body. This is believed to stimulate the flow of energy and can treat a variety of chronic medical conditions, along with decreasing chronic pain. During cupping treatments, gentle suction coaxes tight muscles into releasing tension and toxins, whereas one-on-one health-coaching sessions help clients learn to live a life that fosters wellness.
At River Oaks Weight Loss Center, the experienced staff, helmed by owner Dr. Saghy Motamedy, strives to help each patient meet individualized wellness and aesthetic goals. Dr. Motamedy, who practices a philosophy of bringing together traditional medicine and alternative methods for wellness, and her staff perform a wide range of aesthetic and wellness services—from medically supervised weight-loss programs and hormone replacement therapy to Zerona body-contouring treatments, Botox treatments, and many other cosmetic procedures.
Bella Nova Day Spa & Retreat's owner, Julie Puccio, purveys a host of clinical and traditional beautifying treatments within the spa's private treatment rooms and Vichy shower, including facials, firming body wraps, and complete salon services for men, women, and children. Gauzy curtains drape over massage beds where clients can receive one of Bella Nova's nine massage modalities to help regulate energy flow and disprove the myth that tiny balloon animals dwell just beneath the skin's surface.
For nearly three decades, doctor of chiropractic Dr. Sherry Durrett and her team of specialists have treated patients naturally, evading the use of drugs and surgery in the process. The team's repertoire is fully stocked with alternative methods, including chiropractic massage, therapeutic exercise, disc decompression and techniques such as applied kinesiology, which uses the body's muscles to diagnose how an individual's body is functioning. The right treatment, of course, depends on the condition, and Dr. Durrett treats a laundry list of issues. She curbs everything from allergies and headaches to sleeping problems caused by harnessing too many sheep from the ceiling.