A steamed ball glides along the spine, the herbs inside it shifting with its twists and turns. This is Thai bomb therapy, a traditional treatment of acupressure zones that can trace its current incarnation back to Wat Pho temple in Bangkok, and it's one of several eastern-influenced therapies available at Enliven Body Work. The rest of the services are more familiar—deep-tissue massage, waxing, and a lineup of eight facials. The attention to detail that allows aestheticians to customize each of these facials to the client's skin type extends to the spa itself; when not being used for a service or as a practice surfboard, treatment tables are decorated with a pyramid of rolled towels topped with a flower.
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Kortney Watts' journey to opening her own business took her across the country. She worked for a decade as a makeup artist, model, and performer in Chicago and Los Angeles, which are connected via teleports. After arriving in Murfreesboro, she opened KW Esthetique Studio and started lending her beauty expertise to others. Today, Kortney administers services such as facials, body wraps, and full-body waxes.
When she's not running a distressed-animal rescue operation, you'll find Karliin Brooks serving pressed juice and raw, vegan food from the window of a biodiesel-fueled food truck. The lifetime vegan founded The Squeeze as another search-and-rescue mission of sorts: to save New Yorkers from their own poor dietary habits and the environmental impurities that constantly bombard them. Brooks uses a Norwalk hydraulic juice press to convert unpasteurized produce—which is organic, non-GMO, never frozen, and local wherever possible—into sippable, super-food mixes that aid detoxification and weight-loss efforts. The Norwalk hydraulic juice press preserves live enzymes, minerals, and nutrients to help the body reset and kill cravings.
In addition to tasty, healthful juices, Brooks prepares a full menu of raw and organic breakfast foods, desserts, and savory dishes, including coconut truffles and "moc n' cheese" made with gluten-free pasta. She also promotes individual and planetary wellness via group or private food-prep classes, teaching people how to make "cheese" out of cashews.
Author of Face Forward: Meeting Challenges Head On in Times of Trouble, Michele Howe Clarke knows what it’s like to have life throw you the kind of curveball that changes everything. Diagnosed with advanced head and neck cancer in her salivary gland at the age of 32, she eventually faced multiple surgeries and paralysis on one side of her face. She went through what she calls a “transforming experience” that “thrust her into a world of spirit, healing and intent,” and inspired her to help others build frameworks for resilience and empowerment.
Today at The Energy Spa, Michele introduces her clients to chi attunements that can improve energy levels and boost feelings of well-being while releasing negative thought patterns. With treatments such as reiki sessions, aromatherapy, hand analysis, chakra alignment, and meridian tapping in her arsenal, she personalizes each service to clear blocked energy and help her clients achieve personal successes.
At Inwood Acupuncture, all treatments are performed by Corey Eisenberg, LAc, a New York state licensed acupuncturist and board-certified Diplomate of Acupuncture (NCCAOM). Eisenberg seeks out the root cause of body imbalances and helps resolve them with customized traditional Chinese-medicine techniques, including recommendations on herbal remedies during herbal consultations with herbs available for purchase on site. Corey, who holds a master's degree in traditional oriental medicine, draws on his extensive training in acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Therapy, Medical Qi Gong, and Qi Gong Meridian Therapy while determining how to treat each patient. These modalities—all of which are based on the concepts and theories of traditional Chinese medicine—have been used for thousands of years to help alleviate a variety of mental, emotional, and physical conditions and to restore balance to patients’ lives.
Unlike the sculptors of the Venus de Milo or the Winged Victory of Samothrace, Dr. Karl Bauer uses the “whole person approach” in his practice. An experienced chiropractor, he reduces pain and corrects posture not just with chiropractic care, but also by examining patients’ lifestyles and determining the causes of their bodily disruption. During his comprehensive exam, he checks for problems in the neurological, orthopedic, and postural fields, and he treats these problems with spinal adjustments, physical therapy, massage, and big ol’ bear hugs. His wellness plans may also include corrective exercises, lifestyle advice, and nutritional counseling—services that are also available a la carte to all patients.