Alicia Miller grew up in a family that relied on conventional Western medicine to treat its ills. Imagine her surprise when she started her training as a massage therapist and discovered the world of naturopathic medicine. The pharmaceutical-free siren song of this field called to her so strongly that she went on to graduate from one of the few accredited naturopathic medical schools in the country and take ownership of Natural Care Clinic in Naperville. Here, she helps clients embrace better nutrition and root out the causes of chronic conditions with drug-free treatments and lifestyle changes. Her colleagues, David Miller and Gosia Fogut-Masur, offer therapeutic massage services that leave muscles relaxed and stress levels lower than a basement in Death Valley.
Whether visitors need to ease pain, heal an aliment, or simply keep their bodies relaxed and working, chances are that Vitality Health Center will have their solution. The center, which was named a runner up in Naperville's 2013 list of its best clinics, employs a diverse and friendly staff that runs the gamut from spine specialists and massage therapists to acupuncturists and fitness instructors, each of whom strives to keep their clients healthy and pain-free through caring, personalized treatments. Those nursing muscular injuries can benefit from services such as physiotherapy and corrective exercises, whereas those looking to keep themselves healthy and fit can attend a fitness class, get nutritional counseling and lifestyle advice, or channel their inner chrysalis in one of the center's slimming body wraps, which are applied in a private room with video streaming capabilities.
The staff at Fusion Med Spa includes a general surgeon and aestheticians who help to whittle bodies into shapely figures with FDA-approved cosmetic and aesthetic treatments. Aestheticians rejuvenate faces with a coterie of services such as microdermabrasion, facial resurfacing treatments, and peels. They work to reduce wrinkles and lessen other signs of aging, such as sagging skin and falling asleep while watching golf, with Venus Freeze skin-tightening sessions. Wielding lasers, they dissolve adipose tissue and cellulite, remove hair, and reduce spider veins.
Studio director Anna Sen completed her first regulation twirl at age 4. After years of classical training, contemporary and fusion styles began to draw her interest. These eclectic influences, paired with her training in group-fitness instruction, were her inspiration when she founded Rhythmaxdance. The studio combines elements of Bollywood, hip-hop, and Latin dance to create dynamic total-body workouts based on relatively simple, yet engaging, choreography.
Classes can incorporate the basic steps of salsa, meringue, or bachata into cardio-intensive regimens while upbeat world music helps to keep time and drown out the hissing sound of pores releasing sweat. In addition to burning calories and increasing confidence, workouts can also strengthen core muscles while toning arms and legs.
As Nicole Boeger studied at the Universal Spa Training Academy, she mastered massage techniques such as Swedish, deep tissue, and hot stone. Since then, she has opened her own studio inside a chiropractic practice and added cupping, bamboo rolling, and body wraps to her menu of services. While she works, she counteracts friction and stress with aromatherapeutic essential oils made from botanical ingredients and Bob Ross's voice.
Dr. Dan Thorstenson was a doctor of chiropractic for more than 30 years. After retiring, he decided to open another business related to his former profession: massage. He now supervises the therapists at LaVida Massage, who offer various modalities ranging from deep-tissue and hot stone to relaxation and pre-natal. They can also blend their kneads with soothing aromas, such as lavender and mom's casserole.