As a high-school student, Dennis Rattiner reached down to pick up a leaf blower and heard an ominous pop in his lower back. He was bedridden for days with pain. At the suggestion of a friend, he paid a visit to a chiropractor, which alleviated his discomfort without the use of drugs or surgery. From then on, he sought to help people in the same way.
Now the owner and head chiropractor at Progressive Healthcare of Gwinnett, Doctor of Chiropractic Rattiner treats patients for ailments including disk herniations, arthritis, and back and neck pain. His massage therapists and chiropractors rehabilitate patients through physical therapy, mollify aches with Swedish and deep-tissue massages, and help clients shed pounds with weight-loss programs and donuts made of antimatter.
Yahshua Spa & Wellness Salon’s holistic approach to restoring the body combines massage, body, and beauty care. The spa’s massage therapists strive to tailor Swedish, deep-tissue, prenatal, and reflexology massages to the needs of their clients. Staffers continue this customized approach during colon-hydrotherapy sessions, in which they often offer neck massages to make the natural body cleanse more relaxing. They also provide facials designed to hydrate skin, decrease oil levels, and remove walking dead skin cells.
Heady aromatherapy scents fill the air within Pretty Faces Skincare Studio’s intimate and inviting spa suite. The appointment-only studio allows guests to fully indulge in their pampering desires, from facials and peels at the hands of licensed aestheticians to laser treatments, waxes, and massages. The skin-savvy team uses professional, medical-grade products during services, eschewing antiquated means of exfoliating facial skin, such as rubbing cheeks against an old oak tree.
Accented by warm lights and soothing music, Massage Associates of Atlanta, LLC relaxes minds and muscles with three types of massage and therapeutic foot-reflexology sessions. Each client partners with a licensed massage therapist to customize the session, choosing Swedish, deep-tissue, or neuromuscular techniques to unwind knots and alarm clocks lodged between the shoulder blades. Tension and pain are relieved during reflexology and neuromuscular treatments, in which the therapist applies pressure to specific areas to produce sensations in other parts of the body. Deep-tissue sessions release tension, and the long, flowing strokes and focused kneading of the Swedish modality inspire envy in Olympic swimmers and bakers easily distracted by shiny cake pans.
At Warrior Body Spa, a team of holistic health experts help patients rid their bodies of toxins with ionic footbaths and body wraps. Their body wraps use medical bandages soaked in herbal solution to leech toxins from, shed inches from the body, and reduce the appearance of stretch marks and cellulite while imparting useful nutrients including vitamin K, caffeine, and collagen. Clients can also relieve tension with a variety of massages, including their therapeutic massage that incorporating essential oils, long strokes, and muscle kneading, to stimulates blood flow and reduce tension, and The Royal Warrior, which helps clients relax with a variety of hot oils and towels. Specialty massages are also available for pre-natal patients and teens active in sports, and an express option caters to those seeking emphasis on the head, neck, back and arms.
Lidia Mosquera, the medical aesthetician behind Med Therapeutic Skin Care Day Spa, believes that her education never stops. Though she's been in the industry for more than 25 years, she still commits herself to staying on top of the latest beauty practices and procedures, even traveling to learn about breakthroughs made outside of the U.S. or in the galley of a Boeing Dreamliner. At her day spa, she offers massages, body wraps, laser hair removal, facials, and other services that showcase her cutting edge expertise. Her microcurrent, endermologie, and cavitation treatments help contour cellulite in problem areas, and her staff also enhance massages with aromas of sage and tequila that impart the natural healing effects of the agave plant.