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.
Adesso Salon & Day Spa’s facility invokes the comforts of an elegant home. In the waiting room, an iconic Marilyn Monroe print presides over a cozy fireplace. In the hairstyling room, light pours in through sprawling bay windows as the team creates classic or trendy looks under sparkling chandeliers. Staffers pamper clients with facials, manicures, and pedicures. They also banish unwanted hair with waxing, threading, and laser hair-removal services, in which they extract the laser beams pointing out from your scalp—something robots simply call hair.
"Customizing massage and body treatments to enhance your health … no textbook massages allowed!" This motto of Urban Retreat for Natural Wellness sums up the relaxation emporium's mission to tailor each service to the needs of the client. Owner Megan L. LaRose, LCMT, gives her clients the power to shape their treatments into what works best for them, whether they want to augment a full-body massage with an exfoliating salt scrub, a moisturizing milk-and-lavender treatment, or an invigorating sugar glow that helps limbs shine in the dark.
After experiencing a very difficult time in her life, mother and entrepreneur Lauri Meizler was in search of a healthy start. She went down many paths to recover, but the results were less than optimal: instead of feeling energized, she found herself lethargic and underweight. It wasn’t until discovering cleansing and Ayurveda, one of the world's oldest medical systems, that life began to change. Soon thereafter, she adapted the teachings of the combination, and has since felt energetic, balanced, and in control of her life once again.
Lauri received certifications as a health coach in raw foods and Ayurveda and pairs the ancient Indian tradition’s holistic-wellness practices with modern nutrition training to help others optimize their health and well-being through eating a predominantly plant-rich diet. Her company, Joos, funnels these nutritious ingredients into bottles to help on-the-go people to build healthy, sustainable eating habits.
In flavors such as green lemonade, citrus refresh, and antioxidant blast, these wholesome potables teem with ingredients such as fresh-pressed, unpasteurized apples, ginger, and bok choy. Each bottle contains 10–14 types of garden-grown goodness, which amount to two times the daily requirement of fruits, veggies, and scarecrow smiles. The juices can fortify meals with vitamins and minerals or serve as the meals themselves during cleanses, which last 5–21 days. Cleanse participants can also drink in the support of a certified health coach/cleanse expert.
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At Body by Design Weight Loss Center, a medically trained and certified team—including a doctor, nurse, and personal trainer—provides services that help individuals achieve their personal fitness goals. Nutritional counseling promotes strong wellness foundations with one-on-one meetings and custom meal plans. For areas that prove resistant to traditional diet or exercise, lipolaser treatments may help trim away inches with cool laser light. Herbal body wraps provide similar slimming, and work to detoxify and smooth cellulite while granting a youthful swaddled look. Clients stand atop a vibrating platform during whole-body vibration sessions, which provide a low-impact workout, and strengthen their mental resolve with the aid of self-mastery technology.
Staff members at Performance Nutrition fuse their training in nutrition and fitness with a broad knowledge of the science of protein powders, multivitamins, and nutritional oils. After listening to clients explain their fitness goals, staff members flip through the encyclopedia in their skulls to pick out products—gluten-free supplements, herbal remedies, workout-recovery bars, and more—that match individual needs.