Lorraine Cannatta has always had a healing touch. As a child, she helped her neighbor care for stray and injured farm animals; as a teenager, she applied those same skills to assisting her baby brother, who was born with breathing problems. After studying to become a certified surgical technician, she spent 18 years as part of a surgical team. Today, Lorraine draws upon these experiences and her extensive credentials to provide holistic wellness services at Five Elements Healing Center.
Licensed massage therapists reduce client anxiety and chronic pain. Ayurvedic consultations balance mind and body using a mixture of healthy meal plans, breathing techniques, yoga postures, and herbal remedies, and yoga classes for all fitness levels emphasize gentle movements and breathing techniques. Breathing patterns also are an essential part of the center’s empty-bowl meditations, in which participants sit with their palms up and open, similar to empty bowls. For clients seeking spiritual guidance, Five Elements offers counseling and intuitive readings.
Focused on caring for the elderly and disabled, the talented staff at Polish Caregivers & Homemakers gladly duels with debris and disarray during customized cleaning services that cover all areas of the house. After arriving at homes in need of a bath, the tidying technicians get busy scrubbing kitchen countertops, mopping floors, and ridding refrigerators of expired confetti eggs. Vacuums roll happily across carpets as bathtubs and sinks squeak at the magical touch of disinfectant. Maids will come equipped with cleaning products and an economy-size tube of elbow grease; customers should supply their own mops, brooms, and vacuums.
In 1997, Touch of Paradise founder Rob Palaski was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa, a rare degenerative eye condition that left him visually impaired. It was a blessing in disguise. His diminished sight allowed for greater sensitivity in his hands and the heightened ability to suss out muscular pain. Now in the comfort of his private studio, Rob can ease tension with flowing Swedish strokes and acupressure or wrangle lower-layer aches with his signature deep-tissue techniques.
Shahla Day Spa & Threading’s therapists and aestheticians continue to add to their 35 combined years of industry experience, pampering clients with mani-pedis, threading and waxing services, and rejuvenating massages and facials. Just as the aestheticians use the natural sunlight that floods the spa’s interior to thread eyebrows with precision, the nail technicians reference the polished wooden floors to add the appropriate level of gloss to freshly trimmed toenails. The spa’s private room seems a world away from the bustle of the main floor, and its peaceful atmosphere only enhances the soothing strokes of Swedish massages. This room also hosts waxing services and custom facials that remove dirt and oil from skin or smooth out the wrinkles on a favorite Richard Nixon mask.
Back in his wrestling days, Doctor of Chiropractic Andrew Hawley suffered a lower-back and rib injury that he thought would take him off the mat for good. However, a series of visits to a chiropractor soon restored him to competition shape. This experience drew him to chiropractic, and together with his wife, Doctor of Chiropractic Nicole Porzio-Hawley, he opened Porzio-Hawley Chiropractic and Nutrition Center.
Often the last resort for patients who have tried “everything else,” Dr. Hawley specializes in healing sports injuries that otherwise might be chronic. He treats muscle adhesions from athletic issues and repetitive use with the active-release technique and the instrument-assisted Graston technique. Both work to break down scar tissue and restore function and mobility.
With a forte in nutrition, Dr. Porzio-Hawley gives personalized nutrition advice that accounts for health problems and weight issues. In addition to passing this knowledge to clients, the trio escorts clients to the grocery store to suggest healthy choices and to ride in the cart. Other treatments, such as basic chiropractic care and acupuncture, support overall wellness.
Dolce Vida Medical Spa features skilled injectors, as seen on the Style Network, performing injections with Botox, Juvederm, Juvederm Voluma, Radiesse, and more. Highly-trained clinicians perform Venus Freeze body contouring treatments and a range of facial treatments, including Hydrafacials. Dolce Vida also offers IPL photofacials, hair removal services, massages, and an abundance of skin care treatments administered with products from Obagi and Eminence.