The holistic gurus at Alternative Options Holistic Wellness believe that relaxation is key to maintaining a healthy mind and body. That’s why owner Jennifer Aranyosi—a trained nurse, certified reflexologist, and reiki master—and her massage therapists perform seven massage modalities, from the deep-tissue and myofascial techniques of a therapeutic massage to the pressure-point manipulation of shiatsu. The therapists also practice reiki, a "laying on hands" technique intended to stimulate the flow of internal energy so that clients don't have to inject espresso into their aortas.
Dr. Jack Bertolino, Smooth Solutions Medical Aesthetics's owner and operator, employs a slew of modern technologies to combat his patients' signs of aging. He zaps wrinkles, cellulite, and stretch marks with his arsenal of medical-grade lasers. Along with lasers, Dr. Bertolino offers bariatric medicine to aid weight loss. Dr. Bertolino is also one of the area's only practitioners to offer bioidentical hormone-replacement therapy, which introduces testosterone and estrogen back into aging bodies with time-release capsules implanted in the skin, helping men and women maintain their health, youth, and love of trampolines.
Fusion is an amazing force. It sets stars ablaze, redefines cuisine, and has even produced a hybrid of a gym and spa at Platinum Fitness. There, certified personal trainers construct individualized workout regimens or lead small group classes, pumping up muscles with Zumba, Pilates, or yoga. Therapists work alongside them, relaxing bodies with massage treatments or chiropractic manipulations, which, like an argument in Bantu, commonly produce clicking noises. After a workout or knead, members can relax in an infrared sauna or educate themselves about healthy eating with a nutritional consultation.
The baby-unveiling technicians at Perfect Preview perform safe ultrasound sessions in a sparkling facility using the state-of-the-art GE Voluson-e to complete all examinations. A 20-minute 3-D/4-D ultrasound-session package includes two color 3-D prints, two black-and-white 2-D prints, and a CD containing high-resolution, 3-D still images for printing, emailing, or Etch-A-Sketching. Customers also receive one year of access to BabyPeeks, a website that creates personalized pregnancy and baby websites, as well as an official gender determination of the tot-to-be (upon request) (a $49.95 value). Sonostream broadcasts the ultrasound experience in real time to out-of-town loved ones and part-time drifters, and expecting parents can even purchase a keepsake DVD of the ultrasound session set to lullaby music for an additional $20.
At Inspirit Massage Therapy, licensed massage therapists help others heal on a day-to-day basis using soothing strokes, custom pressure, and gentle taps pulled from a roster of Eastern and Western massage styles. Designed to melt away stress and tension while boosting circulation to hasten healing, in-house specialties include shiatsu massages powered by focused finger pressure and classic Swedish massages, which rely on movements that are both long and smooth, like a dachshund in a wetsuit.
Filled with soft lighting, potted plants, and sunny yellow walls, the studio's decor energizes and relaxes the senses simultaneously. To make massages as convenient as possible, Inspirit's therapists also take their skills on the road, traveling to homes and offices to provide chair massages.
Dr. Joseph B. Neiman, a board-certified dermatologist with more than 30 years of experience to his credit, draws on training from New York University, the University of Tennessee, and Brown to treat the entire body. His background also includes hair restoration and nailcare. Together with a pair of trained nurse practitioners, he works over intense-pulsed-light units, hair-removal lasers, and other pieces of modern technology. In treatment rooms, the team also draws upon an arsenal of Botox, Radiesse, and other products to help patrons meet beauty goals without always having to give a fairy godmother rides to the airport.