Massage therapist Darla has a keen eye for diagnosing cranky muscles. At the start of each massage session, she observes your posture and listens to any complaints you have about body aches or the latest American Idol episode. She takes this information and begins the task of sorting out tight spots. That might mean incorporating hot stones to reach deep down into sore areas or changing up her techniques to accommodate expectant mothers. Darla and another therapist also work in tandem during couples massages.
Refreshment and relaxation begin from the inside out at Body Basics. Here, the staff empowers clients with holistic therapies intended to leave bodies feeling refreshed. The center’s signature hydrotherapy sessions use 15 gallons of warm, filtered, alkaline-based water to thoroughly cleanse colons over the course of 45 minutes. Additionally, the center offers ear candling as well as life-coaching sessions for clients hoping to regain control over their health and whole-body wellbeing.
You may not be able to change the past, but you can change the way you feel about it. That is one of the mantras of Linda King, the certified medical hypnotherapist behind Naturally Yours. Since 2001, she has used a technique dubbed the “Transformational Healing Method,” which helps her clients confront and alter physical and emotional aspects of their lives with the power of their subconscious minds. Linda is a member of the National Guild of Hypnotists and has helped many smokers kick the nicotine habit and many a shy person come out of their shell.
Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine Shelley Alexander leads the team of self-proclaimed "healthy aging artisans" at New You Health Studio, helping patients reclaim lost energy levels and sidestep preventable diseases by making wise lifestyle changes. Dr. Alexander embraces the practice anti-aging medicine and holds insights into the use of bio-identical hormones, nutritional supplementation, and detoxification. The studio's aesthetic experts offer nonsurgical solutions to wrinkles and uneven skin tone, while weight-loss specialists advise on ways to keep excess pounds from piling up around the midsection or following you home from the gym.
By combining the techniques she learned while earning certification in hypnotherapy and a degree in psychology, Frankie Elder teaches her clients to regain self-control and begin living more fulfilling lives by helping them adjust their perspective. Her treatments work to realign subconscious thoughts with conscious desires, empowering visitors with a combination of suggestion and self-discovery exercises. At no time do clients lose the ability to make decisions for themselves. Instead, Frankie's sessions can help them learn how to make conscious choices in everyday life with a renewed sense of motivation and self-confidence.
Those sessions don't involve a stereotypical swinging pendulum. Rather, the hypnotist's voice lulls patrons into a calm state, from which they emerge relaxed and ready to make life choices they're happy about. The choices might include conscious efforts to develop personal relationships, overcome stressful thoughts, or even cease addictive habits, such as smoking or singing Happy Birthday in Esperanto.
After spending 32 years enriching the lives of children as an educator, Dr. Gwen Larson Morris shifted career paths when her passion for photography led her to found Gwen Morris Studio. With an artistic approach that she describes as "painting with light, highlights, and shadows," Morris uses natural elements to create inimitable portraits for her clients, whether she's snapping maternity pictures, senior pictures, or canine law-school-graduation pictures. As comfortable in the classroom as she is behind a camera, Morris leads aspiring photographers and shutterbugs through workshops in the art of memory preservation, helping them grasp the inner workings of their cameras while finding their own photographic style.