Board-certified physician and member of the Pennsylvania Chiropractic Association, Dr. David Tucker helms a professional staff that addresses and assuages illness, injury, and pain. During each hour-long massage, clients consult with the on-site physician before therapists work up a finger sweat as they employ Swedish massage techniques to alleviate tension, promote relaxation, and ease injuries. Long, soft strokes soothe recalcitrant sinews and kneading motions release knots. Hands traipse rhythmically across muscles, stimulating tissue and releasing an electrical storm of signals throughout the body that can help heal damaged muscles, clear away toxins, and boost circulation. Clients may also feel their mood elevate as endorphins rush through their systems, inducing a sense of well-being and an overwhelming desire to rewind all their videotapes. Groupon customers may upgrade to deep-tissue massage at an additional cost ($25 per massage).
During a discussion of sports-performance psychology on Fox 29 News, Todd Stofka, founder of Philly Hypnosis, paraphrased self-help pioneer Napoleon Hill in saying, "What you believe, you can achieve." This mantra captures the mission of Todd and his business partner and former protégé, Pat Donohue, as they use hypnotherapy's power of suggestion to help clients remodel their thoughts in the areas of sports, smoking, and eating. The pair of certified hypnotherapists conducts hypnosis using Todd's signature technique, the Stofka method, which combines his firsthand insight as a competitive athlete with neurolinguistic psychology and traditional hypnosis.
Escape Body Works Boutique realizes that pain isn't just a problem for the person affected. It also touches those around them through displays of unhappiness and irritability. The center's team of massage therapists helps ease that pain—and perhaps mend personal relationships as a result—through four styles of tension-melting massage. Swedish and hot-stone modalities take a generalized approach that's ideal for creating full-body relaxation, while deep-tissue massage banishes more localized tension with focused, firm pressure. The therapists also specialize in pregnancy massage, which uses belly-safe positions to help ease back pain stemming from carrying a child or from using your belly to store gym equipment.
Synergy Rehabilitation and Chiropractic's doctor of chiropractic Jennifer Grozalis is not only a board-certified chiropractor but also an Active Release Techniques (ART) certified practitioner with a decade of experience. Dr. Grozalis specializes in sports injuries and difficult-to-treat cases that haven't responded to traditional chiropractic manipulation, physical therapy, or soothing lullabies. She also incorporates Pilates equipment into her therapies, using exercises and stretches on the reformer and ladder barrel to enhance ART soft-tissue sessions and adding Pilates mat movements to increase a patient's range of motion during physical-therapy routines.
Dr. Grozalis has assembled a talented team to help facilitate the healing process, including massage therapists and a rehabilitation therapist who is also a certified Pilates instructor. Athletes can also receive performance-enhancement training from pro-football champion and former Philadelphia Eagle Vaughn Hebron.
Reformers, Wunda Chairs, Cadillacs, and Ladder Barrels. While it might sound like a line from the classic novel Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, it is in fact a list of the Pilates equipment within Chi Balance Center. Each bizarrely, wonderfully named device performs a different function, helping bodies to engage their core more deeply as they build muscle throughout. The staff offers far more than just Pilates, treating ears to the Latin rhythms of Zumba, spines to Chiropractic ministrations, and musculature to therapeutic massage.