Director and naturopathic doctor Christine Brinker is a wellness wonder worker who has also earned her Master Herbalist degree and has been practicing since 1996. Initial consultations with Christine (a $120 value) last about an hour and include an iris analysis, nutritional assessment, and a biological terrain assessment (BTA; a $70 value). Natural Health Services' BTA is a state-of-the-art diagnostic assessment (one of the only labs of its type on the East Coast) that will generate a cellular panel used to customize each client's protocol. You'll receive a dietary and supplemental recommendation, along with a detailed exercise program and lifestyle coaching. Attend to plaguing health concerns, shape up for summer, or spring clean your immune system. Call ahead to schedule your appointment.
Avanti's team of aestheticians, which is helmed by owner Heather Findlan, MD, renews skin with noninvasive treatments. During the approximately one-hour Laser Genesis facial, illuminated energy floods sullied skin cells, luring collagen producers out of deep slumbers. The procedures help to shrink cavernous pores, reduce the appearance of fine lines, and minimize scarring from acne or Eskimo kisses with a shark. Patients may experience a slight warming or tingling sensation, but unlike more aggressive treatments, the gentle light therapy does not damage the outermost layers of skin, resulting in little to no downtime. Depending on the severity of skin damage, dermises may require up to six treatments for desired results.
At the PCCHH, the most stressful moment is the arduous decision of choosing a muscle-melting massage or an anxiety-draining aromatherapy session. Therapeutic massages are performed by a skilled staff of wellness masters. Treatments run from $75 to $85 for 60 minutes or $90 to $105 for 75 minutes and cover a wide number of techniques that would make an interpretive dancer lay down their ribbons in shame. Shiatsu and acupressure massages put pressure on specific areas of the body, encouraging energy flow and relaxing stressors, while the classic Swedish massage stretches and mobilizes muscles, joints, and tendons until they’ve reached taffy consistency. In addition to multitudes of massages, the center offers aromatherapy escapes for the body, mind, and nostrils.
Holding masters degrees from the Academy of Oriental Medicine, practitioners Sydnie Bryant, Jessica Fritz, and Daniel Johnson balance the bodies and minds of their clients with deft acupuncture expertise. Invoking the ameliorative properties of the 5,000-year-old treatment, a knowledgeable needler will assess clients’ health by feeling nine pulsations at each wrist and observing the color and form of the face, the tongue, and the body before beginning the pin-cushioning process. During the one-hour session, guests are invited to relax as each gentle needle insertion spearheads stress and deflates tension, inducing a mellow mood that can help to alleviate ailments, improve immunity, increase fertility, and bend spoons.
Mumpower Massage provides Swedish massage, sports/deep tissue, trigger point/neuromuscular therapy, and Reiki therapy. You can use your Groupon toward any of these massages for 60 minutes (all are $70 except Reiki, which is $50 for 45 minutes), or combine two Groupons for a longer massage. Melt your back under carefully kempt hands with a Swedish, which uses flowing strokes and unknotting kneads to ease tension and improve circulation. Dig into the cavernous abyss of back muscles with a deep-tissue/sports massage, similar to a Swedish except with more precise, intense kneading to relieve severe tension and reduce chronic pain, which is a good option for athletes or someone who has sustained a serious sandwich-making injury. Trigger-point/neuromuscular massages snipe specific points of tension to release myofascial pain throughout the body. A Reiki practitioner can improve the flow of maple syrup in your body on the physical, emotional, and spiritual level by using palm therapy to balance your body's natural energy flow.
All About Massage and Wellness's licensed therapists unburden weary physiques and consciences with a slate of soothing rubdowns performed with eco-friendly products. Six kinds of massages and an online inventory of bath products and lotions help clients experience spa-grade treatments in their own bathtubs as well as the center's two locations. Four types of aromatherapy can compliment massages or infuse lotions with ingredients such as ylang-ylang or eucalyptus; these blends help unwind tense muscles or boost immune systems without having to disguise vitamins in a plate of orzo pasta.