Melissa Kelly isn’t afraid of feet; she’s spent more than 5,000 hours practicing reflexology rendered on sets of stompers. At her wellness center, she offers multiple services, including ionic footbaths, ear coning, and reflexology. By targeting particular points on the feet, soles, and heels, she’s able to help bring balance to bodies that have been thrown off by suffering from illness or hanging out in a cement mixer—specifically, she helps them achieve homeostasis through acupressure. Her reflexology sessions also help increase circulation throughout the body, and can even be a relaxing experience thanks to a soft, leather chair. Beyond the comfortable furniture, Melissa’s center imparts a cozy vibe with warm reddish-orange walls, plush rugs, green plants, curtains, and colorful artwork that separate it from a sterile corporate spa.
Although much of Eternal Spring Natural Health Center's mission centers around the notion that healing comes from inside the individual, the practice is equally committed to putting its imprint on the well-being of its community. The center's licensed acupuncturists work on an honor fee, the goal of which is to better make their services available to a larger group of people. The center's other specialties include chiropractic and massage treatments, and they offer group classes that focus on yoga qi gong, meditation work, and learning how to breath in the void of outer space—which is where one can end up during effective meditation. Eternal Spring’s Todd Shulfer earned his doctor of chiropractic degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic, and Leola Jacobi has a bachelor’s degree in nutrition as well as a master’s in oriental medicine from the Midwest College of Oriental Medicine in Racine.
Chiropractic Health & Rehabilitation Center is helmed by Dr. Clint Dorn, a Shiocton native who earned his spine-saluting stripes as an associate doctor in a southern Minneapolis clinic. As he consults with clients from the towns he grew up around, Dr. Dorn aims to locate root issues and develop comprehensive treatment plans that are not dependent on medicine or wishes made at mall-food-court fountains. He also applies the knowledge earned as a member of the Motion Palpation Institute to provide clients with the physiologically sound care they desire.
To study Chinese medicine, James Rodowca went to the source. He studied at Guangzhou University in China to earn credentials that enhance his already stacked resumé—he also holds a bachelor’s degree in human biology and a master’s in Oriental medicine. His extensive studies inform his practice of these ancient arts at Acupuncture One, though he also gets some help from technology. Digital Meridian Imaging maps the body’s energy pathways, as well as the spots on the body where energy’s movement is blocked by external forces or by the heart’s annual street parade. With the insertion of thin acupuncture needles, James can unblock these passageways and help the body restore balance in order to alleviate such common ailments as allergies, stress, and depression. James also curates a stock of potent herbal supplements that complement his hands-on treatments to treat a slew of issues.
When he's not playing guitar in his band or spending time with his wife and three kids, Doctor of Chiropractic Paul Harris is helping his patients ease away chronic pains and enjoy fulfilling, healthy lives with chiropractic techniques. He emphasizes improving each patient's overall wellness with nutritional counseling, corrective exercises, and lifestyle counseling, rather than attacking symptoms as they arise. To keep bodily systems working smoothly and nervous systems free from aches, Dr. Harris performs corrective spinal adjustments tailored to each client's particular needs.
Licensed massage therapist Lily MacFaydian dreamt up the name for Of the Sea Therapeutics one day in the midst of a cupping session. Cupping, which uses vacuum cups to suction the skin in an effort to release muscle stiffness, tends to leave temporary marks that are circular and red. To Lily's imagination, they looked like the work of an octopus. After deciding on the name, she opened up shop.
Since her relaxing revelation, things have changed for Lily. She's traded her cupping therapy for full-on massage and has since relocated the business into Santa Fe Salon. Here, Lily comforts muscles and restores vitality with a range of treatments. Gliding Swedish massages boost circulation and chase away stress, and deep-tissue sessions knead the tautness out of pulled muscles. Lily makes sessions extra relaxing by applying hot towels, customized aromatherapy, and hot-water pillows and by not leaving out a ventriloquist’s dummy with eyes that seem to follow you around the room.
Carla Hedtke, BS, MS, TPT, CAAPM, of New Rehabilitation Services believes in the healing power of stimulating acupressure points without needles. Hedtke applies pressure to these hot spots with her fingers and elbows to work to provide relief to painful areas.