Licensed acupuncturist and certified yoga instructor Bethany Lauretano, founder and owner of Pathways to Wellness Center, LLC, blends her private teaching experience with her meditation studies in India, Japan, and America. At the integrated health-and-wellness center, she leads individuals on their own paths to well-being, with a focus on unity between body, mind, and heart. To this end, the center offers treatments in herbal medicine, acupuncture, and yoga, as well as a slew of pediatric treatments for youthful afflictions such as allergies or fear of babysitters.
Shorewood Today magazine states "One of Wisconsin?s most prominent doctors of acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is now practicing right here in Shorewood." Dr. Xiping Zhou, MDOM asserts that his application of TCM is "beyond needles... beyond pain," as he once told the Isthmus in a lengthy profile about his practice. His approach to acupuncture transcends the boundaries of traditional therapies. Although many holistic practitioners eschew Western medicine, Dr. Zhou established his belief in its benefits, such as modern diagnosis technology used with traditional Eastern healing modalities.
Dr. Zhou now performs acupuncture in his own 6,500-square-foot facility, called Dr. Zhou's Acupuncture, Pain Management and Natural Wellness Clinic. Zhou draws from what he sees as the best elements from different healthcare philosophies to treat ailments such as chronic pain, infertility, and to encourage weight loss. In feng shui-inspired rooms, diagnostic equipment sits alongside maps of the body's chi. A staff of eight massage therapists, including three acupuncturists and two doctors of Chinese medicine, are on hand to help in all treatments.
Before you even get to Elevation Salon and Spa, you can figure out exactly which practitioner you should be working with. Just take a look at the staff's bios, which include not only their experience levels, but also their specialties. You can find a good match whether you're looking for a fresh new bob, a prenatal massage, or just a stylist with your favorite vowel in their name.
The service menu is just as diverse as the staff. In the salon, stylists use Redken and Bumble and bumble products during cut and color treatments, and nail technicians massage hands and feet with MoroccanOil bodycare products before coating nails with OPI and Shellac polishes. In the spa, massage therapists can treat tension with services that range from hot-stone massage to reiki. For their part, aestheticians set to work removing dirt and oil with custom facials and excess fuzz with waxing.
Across four floors in the same building, Capital Fitness promotes further wellness with 35,000 sq. ft. of weights, top-end cardio equipment, and more than 80 classes per week. Several varieties of yoga and pilates populate the schedule, as do TRX, spin, and zumba classes. After workouts, patrons can grab a protein drink from the juice bar or relax in the sauna.
Sacred Rhythms Wellness Center's eight highly trained staffers aim to diffuse ailments with a suite of holistic services, from traditional massage to pain-relieving acupuncture. In private treatment rooms with flickering candles, holistic healers conduct chakra assessments before realigning energy points with reiki or sound therapy. The ancient art of cupping encourages the body to release toxins, and an herbal body wrap cloaks the corpus in an elixir of 27 minerals and herbs that lures impurities and uninvited dinner guests out of the skin. Clients can also indulge in organic facials blended from fruits, vegetables, spices, minerals, and vitamins, and the center's own skincare line, Sacred Skin, is also formulated in-house using naturally sourced, organic ingredients. The center offers yoga, tai chi, and meditation classes.
Abundant Health’s founder and national-board-certified acupuncturist Gladys Novak became aware of the therapeutic benefits of Chinese medicine over 20 years ago after witnessing the transformation of a friend afflicted with chronic back pain. With a goal of healing others holistically, Gladys pursued a bachelor of nutrition and a master of science in oriental medicine from Midwest College of Oriental Medicine in Racine before opening her practice. Gladys’s ongoing education in Chinese medicine has allowed her to specialize in acupuncture, facial rejuvenation, hormonal balancing, herbal medicine, nutrition therapy, and ice-fishing on the local lakes in summer.
Acupuncturist Miguel Cardenas, who earned his master’s degree in the science of oriental medicine from Southwest Acupuncture College in Albuquerque, administers this ancient Chinese art form to expel physical ailments and restore harmony within the body. Furthering his effort to increase cultural acceptance of Eastern wellness practices, Miguel also performs public speeches about the benefits of acupuncture and herbal supplements. Along with private acupuncture treatments, the center hosts group sessions, in which friends and family can offer one another moral support and encouraging words communicated through a series of winks throughout the treatment.