The human body has been compared to many things—a machine, a temple, a work of art—but to licensed massage therapist Amanda Heintskill, it will forever be like an onion. The owner of Phoenix Rising Massage Therapy LLC likens her massage technique, which she refers to on her website as “the onion approach,” to peeling an onion. She begins with a very light touch and then gradually increases her pressure, working on or “peeling away" one layer of tension at a time. In this way, she gradually releases tension without causing her clients unnecessary discomfort that then has to be counteracted with comic relief from the funny bone. First off this is the feedback I got from this merchant "I have to commend the editorial team - please pass on my sincere thanks for putting in about the "onion approach" philosophy! That is the big thing that I try and explain to individuals - so they don't come in and expect deep tissue work right away :) So - please pass on my thanks!"
At The Colour Bowl Salon, licensed cosmetologists tend hair gardens with a variety of grooming services, including cutting, styling, and coloring. Customers can opt for a formal finishing treatment ($45) to increase strands’ health, shine, and empathy for Russian czars. A Brazilian Blowout (price varies) leaves follicles glossy and frizz-free, and a half ($70) or full ($78) head of beam-deflecting highlights can protect bikers on their nightly commutes. A one-step hair coloring ($52) turns blond heads into red heads and bald heads into Easter eggs, and most follicles can feast on nutritious products from Alterna, Enjoy, Simply Organic, and Moroccanoil during their treatments.
Skin Alive and its aesthetician school, Mequon Thiensville School of Esthetics, are devoted to the study and practice of skincare. Clients can choose to visit the hands-on student-learning center for aesthetic services performed by students under instructor supervision, or head to the Skin Alive spa for services performed by a licensed professional. Both offer basic beauty services, such as facials, peels, and waxing, but the licensed estheticians at Skin Alive can also slough off dead skin cells with diamond-tip microdermabrasion, rejuvenate skin with lasers, and vanquish unwelcome hair with laser hair-removal treatments that leave skin smoother than a cue ball smothered in olive oil.
Licensed massage therapist Katie Rhyme offers more than just your typical spa massage experience. Her therapeutic bodywork is grounded in the trigger-point technique—a deep-tissue modality that increases oxygen flow through focused kneading of the body's pressure points. The results are many, ranging from improved range of motion and circulation to a deep state of relaxation. Clients may also solicit the facility's other holistic services such as acupuncture and expert chiropractic care.
Inside the tranquil office, the experienced massage therapists at A Touch of Heaven employ personalized handiwork to unwind burdened bodies. Professionally trained in a variety of techniques, from Swedish massage to trigger-point therapy, the muscle mavens tailor 60-minute massages to each client’s needs and particular areas of concern. Aromatherapy soothes senses with pleasing aromas, and a revitalizing eye treatment diminishes fine lines and reduces puffiness, dryness, and any bothersome issues related to peering into the ninth dimension.
The personal trainers at Vita Fitness work in tandem with licensed physical therapists to design custom regimens for clients of all fitness levels. After evaluating posture and weak areas in the body and appraising flexibility with a Twister test, the expert shape-shifters draw up workouts that may employ Woodway treadmills, Keiser strength equipment, free weights, and balls. Guests also get advice on weight loss and nutrition, as well as sport-specific training tips for everything from running to racquetball to underwater jai-alai. Six trainers on staff at the 3rd Ward gym and more at the Fox Point location easily accommodate schedules for early birds, lunchtime larks, and nighthawks. On-site extras include private lockers, showers, a smoothie bar, and off-street parking.
After studying chiropractic at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and the Palmer College of Chiropractic in Iowa, Doctor of Chiropractic Brian W. Kurth took over a thriving clinic, then parlayed his success there into his own practice. Now at Kurth Chiropractic, he uses state-of-the-art technology to diagnose spines and help put them aright. Dr. Kurth scans patients' spines for muscle tension, misalignment, and vertebrae playing musical chairs before he develops a custom chiropractic plan. He then enlists massage therapists to ease away patients' pain and discomfort. Their strokes boost circulation and cause muscles to slowly uncoil.
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