The muscle-soothing experts at The Massage Center knead away stress and tension with their adeptly trained feet during a pampering one-hour deep-tissue ashiatsu massage session. With a history spanning more than 3,000 years since its origins in Asia with Buddhist monks, ashiatsu—which translates to "foot pressure"—massage has infiltrated the ranks of other lands. In its more westernized, modern form, the deep-tissue-focused ashiatsu converts those who believe foot therapy only happens during tap-dancing lessons. The Massage Center hangs its hat in the recently renovated Dudley Square, which was formerly the Dudley School and was originally built in 1881, allowing clients to seek serenity in a historical setting, minus the jet lag associated with time travel.
The doctors of chiropractic at Chiro One Wellness Centers put patients at the core of their efforts. Though the centers are spread the country, with locations in Illinois, Kentucky and Texas, the company's mission remains to help patients and their surrounding communities reach their maximum potential through a combination of customized chiropractic treatment plans and education. This approach doesn't just assuage painful symptoms—it's also designed to uncover the root causes of ailments such as whiplash, insomnia, headaches, carpal-tunnel syndrome, and more.
In their efforts to improve communication in the central nervous system by addressing nerve interference, chiropractors provide spinal adjustments and supplemental treatments such as cervical traction, therapeutic exercise and balance-strengthening wobble boards. Their practice extends far beyond the wellness centers, however: community-outreach efforts take them to health fairs, offsite spinal screenings, and complimentary workshops on a range of wellness topics. They also devote themselves to nonprofit work with several organizations, including The Make-A-Wish Foundation and the Greater Chicago Food Depository. At the Chiros Care Free Wellness Center, they examine and treat Chicago's homeless and HIV-positive population, fueled by their belief that everyone should have access to expert preventive care.
Working as a paramedic for 10 years, Beth Thompson witnessed the damage of unhealthy eating habits up close and personal. Her subsequent studies led her to create Target Metabolism, a health and wellness company that preaches weight loss through accurate analysis of the body and caloric accountability. Here, registered dietitians work with clients to create personal portraits of their metabolic needs, and massage therapists offer treatments to help the body relax during the weight-loss process.
According to Craig Richardson, proprietor of Neurofeedback Affiliates of Lexington, learning how to take charge of brainwaves can reduce stress, depression, memory loss, and improve mental performance. It's all a matter of training your brain how to function, which he holds that virtually any person can do, from children to seniors to those suffering from disorders. He lauds the benefits of this treatment by pointing out the vast body of research supporting its effectiveness.
Chiropractic Pain & Injury Center's resident massage therapist wields expert techniques during each one-hour or 90-minute session as she ousts pain and tension from weary backs. Swedish massages stimulate the lymphatic system, rouse blood flow, and unclench wound-up muscles with a series of flowing, gentle strokes and firm pats with Nobel Prize medals. Pregnancy massages target discomfort unique to expectant mothers, and deep-tissue massages assuage aches with direct pressure and deliberate strokes, which entrance muscles and connective tissue for optimum relaxation.
Occupational therapist and licensed massage therapist Gwen Jones sees wellness in a different light than most healers, focusing on physical health at the cellular level. She also recognizes the role that emotions play in health. At Take A New Approach Health & Wellness Center, Gwen's unconventional philosophy takes shape in holistic bodywork, including massage and Reiki. She also offers biocommunication, a method of biofeedback that assesses stressors, allergens, and other factors that impact the body negatively in order to create a holistic-health plan that fights them.