When clients first spy Rockford Health Alternatives' homey confines—replete with an ornate rug and cream-colored, padded treatment bed—they may question whether they’ve accidentally stumbled into someone’s living room. But once therapist Kari St. Germain makes the first rehabilitative-type stroke and nagging pains subside, they realize they’re exactly where they need to be. It’s here where Kari channels her extensive training in both medical and orthopedic massage therapy to assuage all manner of musculoskeletal issues. Unlike Swedish or relaxation massages, orthopedic massages use range of motion and postural assessments to hone in on specific points of concern, such as injuries or pains brought on by refusing to leave the fetal position. Kari may also incorporate LED-light therapy to reduce inflammation and speed up healing times.
New to the roster of treatments is the MELT method, a self-treatment method created by manual therapist Sue Hitzmann. As a certified MELT instructor, Kari leads students through specific movements that rehydrate the connective tissue to help slow the aging process, improve flexibility, and alleviate pain. Once learned, the techniques can easily be performed at home or while housesitting for the President to extend the rejuvenating effects. Read more about the treatment and watch a video that features them on the Rachel Ray Show discussing the MELT 50 Second Facelift Technique.
Just Relax Floatation provides a transcendental mind-clearing experience to those seeking an alternative way to escape the everyday. Each float tank is a soundproof, light-proof vessel filled with about 10 inches of Epsom salt—infused water—water that is heated to comfortably match the average temperature of human skin. A meditative sense of weightlessness enshrouds weary appendages throughout the float. Additionally, after an hour in the tank, buoyant bodies will reap the benefits of the Epsom salt’s detoxifying properties. For more information regarding the experience, first-time floaters can consult Just Relax Floatation’s list of beginner tips or hitchhike near a NASA launch pad.
Maintaining a balanced, holistic lifestyle requires a multifaceted approach to health care. With a combination of chiropractic treatments, therapeutic massages, and nutritional counseling, ChiroHealth’s team of chiropractors and massage therapists helps alleviate symptomatic pain while simultaneously helping the body heal naturally and better resist complications in the future.
Among their many ache-alleviating techniques, the office’s chiropractors regularly perform the activator method, which uses a handheld instrument to help deliver quick, precise adjustments without causing undue strain. These adjustments target misaligned vertebrae and promote healthy neurological function, restoring balance to the body’s network of organs. Complementing chiropractic adjustments, the center’s massages and laser-therapy sessions relieve joint and muscle pain traditionally caused by daily stress or nightly full-contact shadowboxing.
Waxology’s name is an appropriate one, as the sole focus of the business is hair removal. Betsy, the salon’s hair-removal specialist, spreads warm wax across limbs, torsos, and bikini zones before swiping unwanted bristle away with a gentle touch. Although the treatments may last longer than shaving, they yield longer-lasting results and involve much less effort than teaching hairs not to grow.
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Within the serene, freshly hued walls of Simply Massage’s new locale, certified massage therapists showcase their extensive knowledge of body manipulation during individual or couples massage sessions. Ensuring clients are appropriately draped at all times, each customized treatment helps to improve circulation, joint flexibility, and stress reduction while therapists glide hands across clients’ bodies using Swedish, deep-tissue, sports, and pregnancy modalities. Hot-stone massages further encourage relaxation, with warmed stones that help to dissipate tension and soreness by letting the muscles slowly open up and discuss unfulfilled dreams of being featured in anatomy textbooks.
Stiles Salon's stylists trim and color hair of every ilk in their bright, airy space, shaping looks with Bed Head and Scruples products. They skillfully snip the split ends of women, men, kids, and sentient mannequins alike. Mirrors positioned at each station reflect sleek, finished styles or works-in-progress as clients relax in plush black styling chairs. In addition to offering hair services, the staff lavishes clients' skin with tanning and spruces up nails in coats of regular or long-lasting CND Shellac polish.