Kevin Brooks had never seen anything like this before: the woman lying on his massage table had not been able to bend over without experiencing excruciating pain in her abdomen for about a year. With only 15 minutes left in the session, Kevin's trained hands dug in to her tense psoas muscles, which span the lower spine to the top of the thigh. Following this application of deep-tissue technique, the client bent to put on her shoes and gasped. The pain was gone. This is why Kevin maintains that massage therapists shouldn't sell a type of massage; they should sell relief from pain.
Twelve years ago, he founded Simply Kneaded to provide his clientele with relief from aches and tension. His massage therapists use any technique at their disposal, be it deep-tissue work, acupressure, or lullabies sung in solfège, to disperse pain or immobility. Today, his business has expanded to multiple locations, and he carefully screens each of his therapists according to his own rigorous standards and in accordance with the frequent political coups of the American Massage Therapy Association.
Flickering candles exude the aromas of lavender and eucalyptus. Nearby, the soft bubbling of a waterfall mingles with slow puffs from a Chinese flute. Though these images may evoke some mythical paradise, LaRue's Massage & Bodywork carries this scene into the realm of reality. Before all else, registered and certified therapists establish trust with their clients by working within their comfort zone through communication and uninterrupted touch. Next, phones are silenced as staffers induce an escape-like experience and ease away stressful thoughts such as whether or not the garage door was left home alone. LaRue's knowledgeable kneaders come equipped with skills to perform a wide range of therapeutic and holistic services, and any treatment can be customized to specific needs. As clients return to the outside world cleansed of worldly troubles, crews scrub all surfaces to ward off the singing cowboys that dust attracts and leave gleaming massage tables ready for the next patron.
Rejuv Laser Spa's list of treatments ranges far and wide, from anti-aging serums and dermal fillers to laser hair removal and cosmetic surgery. What sets the med spa apart, though, is their board-certified surgeon, Dr. Charles Sarosy, who draws on 16 years of on-the-job experience to perform his various procedures. He gives a consultation to each of his clients, helping them to manage expectations, ensure safety, and learn industry secrets that will allow them to win any game of laser tag. His staff of assistants administers beauty injections and also aids with laser lipo, tattoo removal, or microdermabrasion treatments.
Along a hiking trail, it is not unusual to find a cairn, which means "path" in Gaelic. These stacks of stones, designed to help mark the trail, also serve as the inspiration for Kairin Clinic, a medical practice created to guide patients to better health. Two sisters, Dr. Aimee Warren and Rebecca Warren, FNP, set out to create the kind of practice they'd choose for themselves, combining traditional medical care with the relaxing experience of visiting a spa, yoga class, or scented-candle aisle. Family and aesthetic medical care top the list of services, though nutritional counseling, weight management, women's fitness, yoga, and guided meditation classes are also offered. Patients waiting for their appointments can sip herbal tea in a relaxing, tranquil space.
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Dr. Robert Skversky has been a doctor for more than 30 years, and a bariatric physician for the last 18 of them?which means, in slightly less technical terms, that he currently specializes in treating obesity. He's quite good at it, too. He's appeared on The Today Show and Good Morning America, rather than just Doctors Saying Whatever They Want, to talk about his craft.
At his clinic, Weight No More, he puts this talk into practice, crafting custom medical weight loss plans for his patients. The plans avoids quick fixes for excess weight, instead focusing on longer-term regimens that blend low-carb eating with medication, such as anti-depressants and appetite suppressants. This long-term focus aligns neatly Dr. Skversky's core belief that obesity, like diabetes, is a chronic medical condition, and needs to be treated as one.
At Optima Functional Living, an all-inclusive wellness clinic, Doctor of Chiropractic Cesar Mavila and his staff blend chiropractic, massage therapy, and physiotherapy to help their clients live pain-free lives. With technology such as ultrasound therapy, hydro-massage, and nonsurgical spinal decompression at their fingertips, they can help prevent future imbalances rather than simply treating current pain-related symptoms.