The staff at Great Lakes Relaxation Center has one goal: help people relax. The center's practitioners view the relief of physical and mental stress not merely as a luxury, but as a potentially transformative experience that can positively impact clients' well-being. Their services include alternative therapies such as massage and reflexology, far-infrared-sauna sessions, and flotation therapy.
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.
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.
Massage therapist Wendy Lou Peche’s massages are a blend of relaxing Swedish techniques and targeted deep-tissue moves. Regardless of the style her client prefers, she begins by leading them into a quiet white room, where troubles begin to unravel and nagging thoughts are sent to subconscious time-out. In addition to hot-stone therapy, which promotes circulation, Peche can also perform energy work or reflexology, which manipulates pressure points on the feet to treat areas throughout the body.