Mary White believes in the power of movement to rehabilitate both bodies and minds. As an alternative health expert who has been practicing for almost 20 years, she relies on an integration of yoga, massage, and water movement therapy to put clients on the path to wellness. Her programs are entirely inclusive, welcoming yoga beginners to experience the same restorative poses that have benefitted athletes and irreparably tangled acrobat pairs.
Inside the studio, a blend of styles—including Kundalini, Bikram, and Vinyasa flow—merge with Pilates and muscle-specific stretches. The combination of motion-based techniques works to combat pain and recurring ailments as it hones enough mental focus to defuse a bomb while stressed out by the fact that you’re in a cartoon in the first place. Mary strives to dispense her teachings to walk-in students as well as specific therapy groups, including Alzheimer's patients and single women in need of support.
Skin Therapy Center's Dr. Zeyi Chen draws upon years spent as chairman and chief dermatologist of the Dermatology Department at Shanghai Medical University to buff away bristle and leave skin seductively smooth. Hair-removal sessions utilize the table-model TF-2000 laser to purge unwanted fur from nearby kiwifruit or any area of the body. Clients lie comfortably as a clinician passes the device over target areas, sending out focused pulses of energy that absorb into the melanin in the hair follicles, heating them up to permanently destroy the root and inhibit regrowth. Hair removal takes roughly one hour, depending on the size of the area and how tightly the hair is braided. Six treatments are typically recommended for long-lasting hair hindrance, so Groupon holders may opt to purchase two Groupons and redeem them both for a single area.
Trained as a nurse before becoming a nationally certified acupuncturist and herbalist, Robert Stanford uses ancient Chinese techniques to help bring bodies into functional harmony. During the acupuncture session, tiny needles are strategically placed in precise locations on the body to stimulate internal healing. An initial consultation and exam provide an opportunity to question a knowledgeable professional and a sounding board to try out a new batch of doctor jokes on. Taking into account variables such as lifestyle and diet, Coastal Acupuncture can address health conditions including anxiety, allergies, and pain. Like a cactus gearing up for swimsuit season, patients will be de-spined and ready to go in 60–90 minutes.
Mount Pleasant Acupuncture’s owner Pamela Rhoades found her calling after a journey that took her out of the corporate world and into the healing arts. After 14 years immersed in the stress of a desk job, she left to work for a decade as a massage therapist while simultaneously caring for her ill mother. As she took her mother to the doctors, she noticed how little time Western medical professionals spent with their patients—they just prescribed medication and moved on. Eventually, she underwent her own acupuncture sessions, found a connection in the attentiveness of the process, and earned her license.
Though people generally come to her seeking relief for chronic pain—often after trying Western medicine and wizard spells—Pamela points to myriad other disorders acupuncture can ameliorate: IBS, anxiety, insomnia, fatigue, and recurring health issues such as sinus infections and UTIs. She performs longer, more intensive sessions in a private room, laying patients on a massage table so that she can access both the front and back of their bodies at the same time. To supplement her acupuncture treatments, Pamela can advise clients on herbs and supplements, including 3,000-year-old Chinese formulas, more contemporary blends, and modern glucosamine, fish oil, and Flintstones vitamins.
At NeuroLogic Integrated Health, doctors of chiropractic give their patients the same kinds of precise spinal adjustments that helped the professionals recover from injuries and afflictions of their own. All three physicians discovered chiropractic care as patients first, suffering from sports injuries, recurring headaches, or uncontrollable compulsions to hug strangers. They each found relief through the holistic approach, which takes patients' medical history and lifestyle into consideration to treat a broad range of physical ailments. Today, these doctors look beyond their patients' mere symptoms to get a picture of each person's whole health and get to the roots of their maladies.
Everyday worries soon melt away after clients enter the colorful interior of Integrative Wellness, where Dr. Rafael Llop and his team provide chiropractic insights, therapeutic massages, and oncology services. Massage therapists calm the body with reiki and deep-tissue techniques, and oncology services include hair-loss solutions, compression garments, and mastectomy products.