Board-certified and licensed acupuncture physician Marlo Rapp offers a variety of pain-management services and homeopathic remedies at Four Seasons Acupuncture. In addition to holding a specialization in acupuncture, Marlo performs services ranging from cupping—a process in which heated cups apply suction to the skin—to moxibustion—a service that involves the burning of mugwort in proximity to acupuncture points. Marlo also performs comprehensive nutritional consultations that help ensure that clients understand how to select healthy foods as well as how to place them in the proper mouth. To view an expansive list of Marlo’s services and commonly treated conditions, click here.
Dr. Damon Thornton has called central Florida home for more than 43 years. After graduating with honors from Parker College of Chiropractic, he opened this clinic with the hopes of assuaging pain and boosting health in his own backyard. His office specializes in chiropractic care, which differentiates itself from other branches of medicine by seeking to treat the whole body rather than simply squashing symptoms as they arise. A variety of services, including physical therapy and spinal decompression, aims to realign the body’s operating system to alleviate chronic pain and uninstall unwanted Sudoku apps. Dr. Thornton also hopes to fend off health issues before they start through nutritional counseling. In addition to overseeing a lineup of facial and body rejuvenation services, he supervises a team of licensed massage therapists, who treat soft muscle tissues to the revitalizing touch of massage and bodywork.
Under the steady guidance of medical director Dr. John van Wert, Cascades MedSpa carves a path toward beauty with the sharpest, most advanced techniques, earning it a feature in Central Florida Lifestyle magazine. Dr. van Wert and his team chisel bodies and smooth complexions with more than a dozen treatments designed to restore confidence to patients so that they can show off their swimsuit at the beach or the next board meeting. The med spa's services range from noninvasive microdermabrasion and massage therapy to LipoSelection treatments, which break up and remove excess fat from the love handles and thighs.
To some, visiting another country is a reprieve from everyday life and an opportunity to learn about another culture. To others, it is a life-changing experience. Jennifer Pritchard’s sojourn in Mysore, India cemented the foundation for what eventually would become The Yoga Shala. During her travels, Jennifer was inspired to return home to create a warm and inviting space for practicing yoga, and is one of 14 Canadians to receive teaching authorization from the Shri K Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute. At her studio today, which was voted Best of the City in 2010 by readers of Victoria News, she and her team of instructors uphold authentic yoga principles to help students improve their physical and mental well-being.
The Yoga Shala’s curriculum is rooted in the Ashtanga style of yoga, in which practitioners synchronize their breath with postures to build up internal heat, flushing out toxins and convincing the spleen that it’s vacationing in Mexico. The instructors cater classes to beginning and advanced students alike, encouraging them to work at their own pace, detailing easier or more challenging modifications to poses. Advanced-level courses focus on arm balances, deep hip work, back bends, and solidifying core muscles. On November 8, The Yoga Shala is hosting a show featuring Dave Stringer, a musical performer who practices Kirtan, a form of devotional chanting. The studio also offers teacher trainings each spring and fall and plans a group yoga retreat and a 200-hour immersion to south India in January.