Dr. Jill Hermen has a natural understanding of human strength and fitness from her background in martial arts and aerobics. With a long list of affiliations, she also carries with her a second-degree black belt and tae kwon do medals. With these in tow, she turns her attention to the spinal system and alignment, performing adjustments to render sports injuries inert or help with maladies such as asthma, allergies, or unexplained gummy-bear phobias. Through holistic care, she and her practice emphasize compassion and understanding to make new and returning patients feel that they are being heard and treatment individually.
Massage therapist Craig Genereux has a diploma in relaxation: he received his training at CenterPoint Massage and Shiatsu Therapy School and Clinic. Now, he wields trained hands at a number of Minneapolis-based clinics, including Hermen Health. Shiatsu and hot-stone massages are among his services, as well as soothing hammam and japanese foot treatments.
Shift's four defining factors lie in its name, an acronym that stands for Supportive, Holistic, Informational, Functional Therapies. These elements coalesce into an approach designed to not only keep the body healthy, but maintain that health while preventing future injuries. The result is an approachable, safe environment where seasoned instructors host gentle yoga classes, therapists provide restorative massage, and bodies set into motion with high-energy social dancing sessions.
The licensed massage therapists at Massage Advantage dote on visitors with a slew of custom massage techniques, including Swedish, prenatal, and deep tissue. Armed with warm blankets and a credo to respect patients' privacy, therapists begin each 30- or 60-minute session with a discussion on clients' specific aches and ailments. Therapists can also haul their equipment to office buildings for workplace chair massages that help reinvigorate fatigued employees or stressed-out water coolers during 5–15 minute stints. Each succession of kneads is designed to alleviate stress, muscles soreness, and various medical conditions, such as high blood pressure.
Founded in 1948, the ChiroCenter has succeeded through the decades due in large part to the expertise of their doctors of chiropractic, the ranks of whom now include nine different chiropractors with as much as 35 years of experience. At each of the center's five offices, these doctors alleviate their patients' pain using adjusting techniques whose purposes range from improving biomechanics to reducing nervous-system interference. One such technique is the activator method, a process for fixing subluxations that involves delivering low-force, high-speed thrusts with a handheld instrument that resembles a mini pogo stick or a giant ant pogo stick. These practices treat more than just the back; benefits also include reducing fatigue and improving headaches and sciatica.
Relaxation and education are the pillars of Prime Meridian, where licensed acupuncturists bestow clients with the tools and knowledge to take charge of their own health. Amid soft lighting and soothing music, the acupuncturists align hair-thin needles across the body’s energy channels to relieve stress or quell musculoskeletal, digestive, and emotional ailments with Tui Na therapeutic massage. Chinese herbal medicines come tailored to individual needs and call upon foods such as cinnamon, licorice, and Nutella to guide bodies to optimal health. The experts also administer nutritional and lifestyle advice and outfit patients with mediation exercises they can easily practice at home.