Cocoa butter, coconut oil, and heated soy dip might sound like the ingredients in a bizarre cooking experiment, but at
Alicia's Massage & Wellness Center, they're actually elements of various holistic treatments. Cocoa butter and coconut oil therapeutically nourish the skin, and heated soy dip soothes hands and feet. Along with a variety of massage-therapy treatments, the wellness center offers holistic health-and-spa treatments, including herbal body wraps, organic facials, and ear candling.
Not everyone likes the idea of having their back popped. The doctors at East Earl Chiropractic help patients cope with this oft-essential step by offering optional light anesthesia before adjustments to help relax both muscles and jitters. The doctors then ply their healing trade using noninvasive spinal manipulation, decompression, and massage.
The Athletic Club of York, co-owned by a national collegiate-racquetball champion and an AFAA certified personal trainer, ensures a friendly, laid-back atmosphere with a down-to-earth staff that strives to remember each visitor by name. The 26,000-square-foot gym unfurls enough elbow space for exercisers to wrestle with strength and cardio equipment before overcoming post-workout soreness with services such as massage therapy. The gym's communal vibe also fosters the positive tone of group fitness classes, during which feet master Zumba steps or kickboxing strikes in an aerobic studio. Guests can plunge into the indoor lap pool for self-guided strokes, aquatic programs, or swimming lessons, while children break down and rapidly reassemble slingshots at a Kidz Fit Club boot camp.
Downingtown Nutrition & Weight Management Center’s founder and dietitian, Jennifer Barr, empowers clients to improve personal-health knowledge and exercise know-how with precise metabolic-testing and body-fat analyses. The body-fat analysis assesses fatty-tissue percentage based on height, current weight, and average hours spent eating sticks of butter. Next, metabolic levels are charted with a MedGem scanner, an FDA-cleared medical device that rates resting oxygen-consumption levels to decipher one's resting metabolic rate and thus determine one’s caloric needs. This is used in conjunction with the body-fat analysis to draft a nutritional or weight-loss plan more individualized than the fingerprints on a snowflake. Jennifer and the client finish the session by reviewing the test results during a consultation.
Down Under Sports and Fitness founders and personal training duo Samantha and Stephen, who hail from Australia and the United States, respectively, use their diverse backgrounds to help push exercisers toward their fitness goals. The other members of their training team also boast their own specific specialties, be it strength training or improving posture.
Whether she’s treating patients at Kulp Chiropractic Clinic or serving as the team chiropractor for the Reading Royals hockey team, Doctor Kulp offers nutritional advice and teaches corrective exercises. She works with massage therapist Tom Senkowski to alleviate muscle pain with massages, and seeks to detoxify bodies with infrared-sauna treatments. Dr. Kulp’s onsite health-food shop stocks organic and gluten-free foods.