Even as a child, Gustavo Briand's fascination with hairstyling was so strong, he was willing to get into trouble for it. In the years since he lopped off the locks of his sister and all of her dolls, he's gained enough fans to outweigh any early disapproval his passion encountered. Those fans tend to be highly visible: a lifelong lover of the arts, he's styled a long list of opera stars, prepped heads for the red carpet at London Fashion Week, and performed pro-bono work for the Florida Grand Opera, the Miami City Ballet, and the Miami Symphony Orchestra.
In his home studio, Briand and his team draw from a service menu spiked with innovative techniques. Ionic infrared technology leaves blowouts smooth but not overly dry, Davines and Sojourn shampoos and conditioners are specially formulated to restore dehydrated hair, and hair extensions are applied with a minute "lock-and-key" system that requires no adhesives, duct tape, or other potentially damaging techniques.
"I was willing to do anything to get rid of the pain," recalls Beberly Yelen in her testimonial. That included acupuncture, despite Beberly's aversion to needles. But, to her surprise, acupuncture triggered relief instead of pain. After all, Silvia Salinas is a board-certified acupuncturist. Beyond that, she's also a practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine and tai chi. She began studying these disciplines years ago in her native Chile, and today unites the various holistic techniques to help hurting people heal.
Living Room Community Acupuncture may be different than most acupuncture clinics in the US, but it’s similar to the ones in China. Instead of treating individual clients in an isolated room, the community-acupuncture clinic treats clients in one big group in an open treatment room. This style is more common in China because it encourages group healing and can be done on a sliding cost scale due to the fact that the acupuncturists can treat more than one person at a time.
After a consultation, which includes a tongue check to make sure clients can flip it upside-down, the acupuncturist inserts the needles into the forearms, hands, lower legs, feet, and head. Clients then recline in comfortable zero-gravity chairs, typically for 30–40 minutes. Treatments may help to alleviate general pain and decrease stress, as well as tackle specific conditions such as headaches, digestive disorders, and asthma.
As an 11-year-old girl, Doctor of Chiropractic Wendy Gallego was diagnosed with scoliosis. The painful curvature in her spine immediately began to interfere with her life, forcing her to drop out of gymnastics and wear a back brace. After years of chronic discomfort, a college friend suggested that she visit a chiropractor, and she finally began to find relief from her symptoms. More importantly, she was inspired by her chiropractor's whole-body approach to wellness, which emphasized nutrition and lifestyle as well as treatment. This drove her to become a chiropractor herself while formulating the philosophy that "people should not be perceived as separately functioning parts, but rather as a complex structure of interdependent systems." By founding Shin Wellness, she sought to create a holistic health care center that addressed physical as well as mental health.
Embracing Western and Eastern treatment modalities, Dr. Gallego looks for instructors and therapists with more than technical proficiency and a photographic recollection of the periodic table. She claims that "there's a quality that comes with being a healer," and she looks for that passion in all her prospective employees, whether they will be performing massages, conducting hypnotherapy sessions, or leading Pilates classes.
For more than 10 years, Doctor of Chiropractic Gordon Braun—known to his patients simply as Dr. G—has been helping clients find relief from sports injuries, chronic pain, and injuries sustained during car accidents while guiding them to health and wellness. Dr. G aims to ease patients’ pains through manual adjustments, which can reduce pressure on the nerves and improve function, in addition to releasing unwanted stress.
The wellness wizards at B-Alternative Ancient & Modern Medicine restore bodily balance with acupuncture, a treatment that helps address a wide range of digestive, respiratory, and neurological concerns. During one-hour sessions, a licensed pinpointer inserts sterilized or disposable needles into strategic points along the body with the aim of unblocking energy clogs and relieving chronic pain, a phenomenon scientists attribute to stimulation of the nervous system. Instead of using hollow needles, which can encourage bruising or irritation, technicians use very thin stainless-steel needles that, like argumentative Fonzies, smoothly come to a point. Many clients report that the procedure is entirely or nearly pain-free, and many phonograph records find it catchy.
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