Palm trees gently sway above a solitary islet of white sand, the turquoise waters around it almost indistinguishable from the sapphire sky. This photograph hangs on the wall of Massage Motu's waiting room, and it's a fitting image. In Tahiti, "motu" refers to a small island, and while Massage Motu might not be located in the tropics, its serene confines aim to make guests feel as if they've stumbled onto a secluded beach.
Inside private rooms, Motu's massage therapists customize body treatments to soothe clients' stress and aches. Swedish and hot stone massages melt away built-up tension and layers of frost, while special modalities?including prenatal techniques and hand and foot reflexology?focus on specific points of discomfort. Aestheticians are equally adept at fine-tuning facials to address acne, sensitive skin, or signs of aging.
The doctors of chiropractic at Chiro One Wellness Centers put patients at the core of their efforts. Though the centers are spread the country, with locations in Illinois, Kentucky and Texas, the company's mission remains to help patients and their surrounding communities reach their maximum potential through a combination of customized chiropractic treatment plans and education. This approach doesn't just assuage painful symptoms—it's also designed to uncover the root causes of ailments such as whiplash, insomnia, headaches, carpal-tunnel syndrome, and more.
In their efforts to improve communication in the central nervous system by addressing nerve interference, chiropractors provide spinal adjustments and supplemental treatments such as cervical traction, therapeutic exercise and balance-strengthening wobble boards. Their practice extends far beyond the wellness centers, however: community-outreach efforts take them to health fairs, offsite spinal screenings, and complimentary workshops on a range of wellness topics. They also devote themselves to nonprofit work with several organizations, including The Make-A-Wish Foundation and the Greater Chicago Food Depository. At the Chiros Care Free Wellness Center, they examine and treat Chicago's homeless and HIV-positive population, fueled by their belief that everyone should have access to expert preventive care.
In reflexology, the feet are seen as nerve maps, rife with pressure points to heal the body's many systems. Applying pressure to these areas allows the practitioners at Relax Magic to access deeper aches noninvasively––without surgery or harmful medicines. The facility's licensed therapists are also specialists in ancient acupressure techniques. Like reflexology, this technique uses healing meridians along the body to target deep tension and promote relaxation.
The holistic medical team at The Natural Medical Group tailors its treatments to each patient, looking at environmental, nutritional, and social factors, as well as physical health. Massage therapy works to ease chronic aches and improve flexibility, whereas traditional chiropractic treatments work to address neck pain and running injuries. The team also offers nutritional counseling, which keep diets on the right track, and functional rehabilitation, which works to correct muscle dysfunctions.