Hands play an essential part in interpersonal communication. But, if hands themselves could talk, they might request a little time off. At Growing Hands Salon & Spa, lead stylist and nail technician Maureen schedules these mini-vacations for hands and feet alike. During manicures and pedicures, her technicians splash nails with the vibrant colors of OPI and China Glaze or deliver long-lasting coverage with hardy Shellac polish. Aided by Affirm Keracare and Moroccanoil products, stylists also care for that other kind of keratin with haircuts and treatments designed to leave manes stronger, longer, and healthier. The team also augments 'dos the old-fashioned way, prepping clients for proms, weddings, and special occasions with updos and extensions. No matter what pampering services clients choose, they can extend its effects at home with the help of the salon's boutique's-worth of pro-grade products.
At Shine Salon and Spa, stylists, aestheticians, and massage therapists pamper clients with services fueled by products from Biolage, Matrix, and Joico. Whether waxing away bristle or straightening tresses with Brazilian keratin treatments, the salon team finds the products best suited to each client's hair and skin. The team also furbishes nails with OPI lacquers, camouflages faces from predatory fish with seaweed masks, and dissolves stress with therapeutic massages seven days a week.
Inspired by nature’s five distinct elements—wood, fire, earth, metal, and water—the practitioners at Five Element Wellness Center assess imbalances in their clients’ bodies and treat them with holistic therapies. Acupuncture sessions recalibrate energy levels or target pain using fine needles, whereas massages soothe muscles with the power of touch. Body wraps, on the other hand, help draw toxins out of the body better than a snake charmer’s flute and facials help purge pores of dirt and impurities.
In choosing which points to stimulate, Michelle Mansueto, AP is guided by a network of meridians running through the body. Begin to navigate these pathways with Groupon’s exploration of acupuncture meridians.
Like currents in the air, acupuncture meridians as postulated by traditional Chinese medicine are invisible paths of action in the body. Acupuncture theory holds that a person’s life force, or chi, flows along specific channels from organ to organ. When chi becomes unbalanced or gets blocked, health and wellness problems arise, whether it’s digestive trouble or a bicep that looks like a creepy face when you flex. It’s the acupuncturist’s job to unblock chi by inserting thin needles into carefully chosen points along these pathways.
Twelve primary meridians flow through the body, each categorized as yin or yang (roughly defined as the passive and active forces within nature). Each meridian corresponds to a specific organ, element, and set of emotions. For instance, the lung meridian flows through the arm and is associated with yin and metal, as well as with feelings of grief and sadness should its flow of energy be disturbed. For each condition an acupuncturist seeks to assuage, a timetable dictates when each meridian is most active and therefore easiest to treat. With so many complexities to keep in mind, it’s easy to understand why acupuncturists must undertake thousands of hours of coursework to become licensed.
So far, doctors and scientists have had little luck mapping meridians to visible anatomical structures, but some studies have uncovered overlap between ancient and modern medicine. For example, meridians tend to fall along planes between muscles, or between a muscle and bone or tendon—areas usually rich with connective tissue. A 2010 study published in PLOS One made one further connection: bands of collagenous tissue, in particular, present less opposition to the flow of electricity than other areas of the body. These bands underlie some—though not all—primary meridians, suggesting that the energy known as chi may be related in some way to the energy that zips through our power lines and singing toothbrushes.
David and Stephanie Tippie, founders of Anti-Aging Clinic Assoc., Inc., are always looking for natural alternatives. Those alternatives range from natural skincare products to supplements. In addition, they also offer a wide range of services, some of which include breast thermography, microdermabrasion, detoxification chelation therapy, and bioidentical hormone therapy.
At Posture Massage, owner Yan G. Van Heel focuses on getting bodies back in line. She uses her skills as a massage therapist and acupuncturist to improve clients' posture, circulation, and flexibility, as well as lower their blood pressure and stress level. She offers classic Swedish and deep-tissue massages, along with specialized posture and reflexology massages. In addition to massage therapy, Yan has extensive training in Chinese medicine, so she can also treat pain with cupping therapy, which uses cups vacuum-sealed to the skin to remove toxins.