Licensed massage therapist Phutsog Wangamo has spent more than 25 years practicing traditional Tibetan medicine, an art that first appeared millennia ago and later assimilated elements from the Greek, Ayurvedic, and Chinese healing traditions. Along with graduates of the Shang Shung Institute School of Tibetan Medicine, Wangamo founded a healing center where she could share this ancient healing art with others.
Today, Shang Shung Tibetan Healing Center continues to earn new converts with a holistic approach that focuses on balancing the mind and body. The center’s wellness professionals address problems that range from stress and insomnia to the aches of old age. A personalized health consultation benefits first-time patients, recommending dietary and lifestyle changes based on individual factors. The wellness expert might also suggest kunye massage, a Tibetan healing art that incorporates medicinal oils, hot stones, pressure-point therapy, and assisted stretching. For a more general overview of holistic health, sit in on one of the center’s monthly public talks. These informal gatherings center on topics such as pediatrics in Tibetan medicine and how to prevent aging without freezing oneself in carbonite.
Before founding Indigo Massage and Healing Center, Joe and Charity pursued virtually every interest they could, traveling across the globe to explore potential passions. Joe worked odd jobs and honed his interpersonal awareness as a nurses’ assistant and life coach, and Charity devoted herself to helping start a rainforest preserve in Costa Rica and volunteering at a Moroccan orphanage. Both their paths, however, eventually converged on their mutual passion: massage. Together, the couple boasts 500-hour certifications and endless additional training, and along with a team of doctors and bodywork experts, they work on issues ranging from muscle pain to overactive skeletons. Beyond the suite of wellness services, which includes acupuncture, homeopathic medicine, and yoga classes, the center offers mental counseling to ensure its clients’ holistic health.
At CLINIC Alternative Medicines, a team of massage therapists, acupuncturists, and holistic healers congregate in a like purpose: to heal the body without the use of drugs or surgery. Their approach to this mission involves a range of hands-on treatments such as massage and reiki sessions along with holistic modalities designed to tap into the body’s energy to locate and heal the source of illnesses. Before treating patrons with reflexology, nutritional therapy, or mind body counseling, the team demonstrates their commitment to wellness by consulting with each client to better understand their condition and goals.
Licensed massage therapist Pamela Smith kneads muscles to more soothed states, helping clients to achieve peace of mind and body. Through the blending of six different massage modalities, Pamela customizes the one-hour muscle molding to suit each client's needs. For example, athletic clients or those suffering from chronic injuries from games of full-contact checkers may receive a combination of sports massage and deep-tissue work to target tight muscles, coaxing them to less tense topographies through stern but comfortable pressure, similar to curfew lectures from concerned dads.
At Hands on Healing, massage therapist Joanna Wilson doles out an array of soothing massages, such as certified oncology massages and signature Joannassage treatments. This latter massage helps alleviate stress and tension with a full arsenal of techniques, including Swedish strokes, trigger-point therapy, and hot stones that were deemed "just right" by Goldilocks. On top of everything, Wilson also performs skincare treatments such as facials and chemical peels.
Pure Energy Reiki's resident master, Natasha, harnesses out-of-whack energies with the chakra-balancing touches of one-hour reiki sessions. Located inside Wellness Within Chiropractic, sessions immerse customers in a soothing atmosphere as they rid themselves of stresses and fatigue without having to send their personal voodoo doll on a Caribbean vacation. Natasha places her hands over specific nodes of the body to rebalance the body's energy flow, and while results vary, many guests report a deep sense of calm akin to meditation.