According to Eastern tradition, chi—the body’s internal energy—flows along a web-like network of pathways throughout the body, connecting the brain to organs and tissues and ultimately serving as a key to wellness. For thousands of years, traditional Chinese medicine practitioners have treated everything from stress to infertility through these channels, redirecting energy and unblocking paths with sterile, hair-thin needles in an effort to restore balance and natural healing. At Koru Therapy, Geralyn Kruger and Elizabeth Debari continue this time-tested practice, helping alleviate injuries, high blood pressure, depression, and a slew of other conditions.
Elizabeth and Geralyn aren’t alone in their efforts, either—they’re joined by licensed massage therapists Carrie Stevens and Meg Taylor. These muscle gurus calm bodily tissues with custom massages that react and adapt to each client’s individual concerns. Specializing in pregnancy, myofascial, and Swedish modalities, among others, the duo can effectively eliminate chronic pain and tension or rehabilitate injuries obtained through sports or heated games of footsie.
At age 13, Jacqueline designed a science-fair project focused on age management, having developed a fascination for skincare by watching her mother and grandmother go through their daily beauty regimens. As Jacqueline grew up, she took that passion and became a licensed master aesthetician, opening Jacqueline Jase Face & Body Center in 2009. The center is named in part for her mother and grandmother—Jane and Rose—who Jacqueline names as the two most influential women in her life. Today, Jacqueline fights aging and nourishes skin with facials and herbal wraps, swaddling clients in natural and organic products from brands such as Bioelements. She also applies Nufree Hair Removal to legs and arms to remove unwanted hair, and fastens NovaLash extensions to eyelids to create longer, denser lashes. Realizing a connection between stress and skin deterioration, Jacqueline became a licensed massage therapist in 2010 and now relieves stress and chronic aches with Swedish and deep-tissue modalities.
Amid the industrial-chic serenity of The Spa at Gasoline Alley, a team of beauticians imbue clients with a sense of calm through relaxing massages and skincare treatments. Therapists shoo away aches and untie painful knots with four styles of massage, and aestheticians gently wax away unwanted hair from more than 10 areas of the body, including lower legs and underarms. The skincare specialists also smooth epidermises with custom facials that are expertly tailored to address each client’s specific skin type and condition.
Massage therapists understand the importance of keeping muscles happy. At Natural Living Massage and Wellness he keeps bodies ready for feats of athleticism or everyday work, healing through multiple massage modalities, including craniosacral therapy.
Massages and hot tubs are two of humankind's favorite ways to unwind, and Inman Oasis offers both. Voted "Best Massage" by The Phoenix readers for six years running, the business is home to a team of licensed massage therapists that delight in hearing their clients sigh under their capable hands. The staff specializes in more than 10 types of massage covering everything from basic relaxation to Shiatsu, Tui Na, and cranio-sacral therapy. Down the hall of the feng shui studio lies the hot tub area, where clients retreat to enjoy the relaxing and joint-restoring benefits of hydrotherapy. Those looking for serenity can soak in one of two private tubs: a seven-foot fiberglass tub boasts hydraulic jets for arthritis therapy, while a Japanese-style wooden hot tub is ideal for those in search of a more serene soak. Also made of wood, a community tub comfortably fits up to seven people or seventy escaped lobsters, and massage customers can call ahead to reserve a spot for a pre- or post- kneading soak.
Anyone who shaves regularly knows that keeping skin smooth and stubble-free is a chore. At LiVi Laser Hair Removal Center, located within Nuance Salon, a certified laser hair-removal technician?who works under the tutelage of a medical director?draws on more than five years of experience to free clients from that chore. She aims the beams of a Candela laser at bikini lines, underarms, and other regions of the body, gradually halting future hair growth. The treatment is effective on all skin types.