Owner Annette Bennett's background in bodywork goes back nine years, a large portion of which she spent helping chiropractors alleviate injuries associated with auto accidents and modeling for surrealist portraits. Those years proved so influential that she's currently working toward her own chiropractic license. "I want to be all about total health," she explains.
This holistic philosophy informs every aspect of Cloud 9 Therapeutic Massage, from the bodywork itself to an atmosphere designed to promote deep relaxation. A soundtrack of Indian flute music greets visitors to the dimly lit treatment room, as do the botanical fragrances of aromatherapy oils. Annette seems to derive as much satisfaction from these oils as her clients. "I like the Oriental-style essential oils,” she admits. “Sometimes I'll open the bottle and smell it, and it calms me right down."
Doctor of Chiropractic Vernie Cassity knows all too well how pain can hamper one's daily life—he suffered from severe leg pain in his younger years, and although prescribed medications dulled the symptoms, they never treated the root of the problem. Once he was treated by a chiropractor, however, his suffering ended. The success of his treatment inspired him to sing for several hours and then shift his attention to chiropractic care in order to free others from chronic discomfort. At Cassity Chiropractic Center, Dr. Cassity helps his patients forgo medications by diagnosing and treating spinal issues through adjustments, massages, and custom orthotics. His partner, Doctor of Chiropractic David R. Lowry, performs spinal-decompression therapy, an alternative to back surgery that helps assuage back, leg, neck, and disc pain.
Licensed massage therapist Bilky Joda-Miller believes that massage can do more than just loosen tight muscles. That’s why her signature services go beyond full-body massages—including those for children and infants—to include regimens geared toward the pain relief and detoxification of fertility and prenatal clients. Her belief in the healing nature of her art also extends to cancer survivors and their caregivers, whom she grants special discounts. Whatever their background may be, clients begin their treatment by settling onto a cozy massage table as soft notes of soothing music keep their minds centered and their spirits providing beatbox accompaniment.
At Three Mountains Wellness, LLC, Liz Billings uses a holistic approach to treat patients. After studying advanced Oriental medicine in Korea, Liz obtained a certification from the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, which she uses to diagnose and treat patients afflicted with a variety of problems. She combines Oriental medicine as well as acupuncture with other approaches such as nutrition, exercise, and proper sleep habits to help clients overcome difficulty with chronic pain, memory loss, stress, anxiety, and depression.
Resident massage therapist Alicia Bruce frees her clients from long-held tension during private sessions. Her carefully trained fingers ease aches during relaxing Swedish massages and precisely place heated basalt stones during hot-stone massages to warm deep-seated muscles that are sore from their owners posing as Atlas. Reflexology sessions focus on trigger points in the hands and feet, working to release congestion throughout the body and stimulate circulation. Alicia also packages massage sessions with spa services such as mani-pedis or facials to create an afternoon of pampering.
The chiropractors at Lazar Spinal Care don't just focus on fixing individual aches and pains—they strive to build better bodies. Their treatments are designed to help the body heal itself and forge a sense of wellness that continues throughout their patients' lives. They're also gentle but exacting—the professionals use precise mathematical calculations to adjust the sensitive, nerve-rich upper spine without the clicks and pops that patients may be used to. Their techniques can assuage issues ranging from loss of mental clarity to body-wide pain. Visitors to the practice can also opt for soothing massages or laser treatments to heal injured tissues.