LaVida Massage of Staten Island plays the role of matchmaker by assessing clients' needs and pairing them with the massage that will meet their goals. A person dealing with a sports injury may find themselves best suited for the rigorous pressure of a deep-tissue massage, whereas a stressed-out office worker may mesh well with the essential oils of an aromatherapy massage.
Therapists also use a four-level system to help match the client with the amount of pressure they'd prefer during the treatment. For those who want to extend their stay at the studio, LaVida dabbles in other areas of beautification, cleansing pores during signature facials, waxing unwanted hair, and gluing pages from fashion magazines all over a person's body.
When it comes to fixing broken smiles, Dr. Darren Schweymaier does it all. He unearths hidden problems and stashes of sugar cubes during exams, refurbishes damaged teeth with tooth-colored fillings, root canals, and porcelain veneers, and replaces missing teeth with implants. Crooked teeth can be straightened out with Invisalign and braces, and discolored teeth are whitened during Zoom! treatments.
Certified personal trainer Mechelle Haflich is familiar with both the highs and lows of physical health. As a bodybuilder, she has won competitions focused on superior strength, and as a registered massage therapist, she has eased injured muscles back into action. Both titles have proven essential in planning FitBody Studio, where she takes a holistic view on wellness through fitness, massage, and spa services. Alongside a team of highly credentialed instructors, therapists, and aestheticians, Mechelle's team adjusts her programs to suit each client's ambitions, which range from losing inches to being able to deadlift a locomotive.
On the exercise side of the curriculum, private training sessions and group classes build endurance—Vinyasa yoga and kickboxing sessions round out the stair climbs and cardio drills of the Bleachers class, which takes place inside the Colorado College football stadium. To repair overworked deltoids, the studio's massage programs relax tendons and target injuries with a mix of modalities. After workouts sculpt bodies, FitBody Studio’s spa polishes them smooth with waxing services and custom facials.
Dr. Aziza Askari's extensive training and gentle touch make her the cosmetic dentist of choice for nervous and unflappable patients alike. The staff at the studio focus on creating a spa like ambiance, practicing "calmistry", a technique used to pacify flustered patients. She and her team restore broken and stained smiles with veneers, crowns, and whitening treatments and maintain healthy mouths with cleanings and other preventative services. Lasers play a big role in the office and are used during procedures to reduce the need for drilling, gum swelling, and keep teeth clean. If the studio's spa-like atmosphere isn't enough to ease dentist chair jitters, she also offers oral and IV sedatives that make procedures feel like a nap in a giant mug of chamomile tea.
Jeff Glebe studied massage at the Ann Arbor Institute of Massage Therapy. After graduating in 2001, he opened Michigan Therapeutic Massage to help people get through their body aches and discomforts and lead fuller lives. His first order of business was to assemble a staff of nationally certified therapists who also honed their skills at accredited institutions and in the real world. All male and female therapists are graduates from the Ann Arbor Institute of Massage Therapy and are nationally certified through the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork. All that education shows during massage sessions that aim to decrease muscle pain, soothe tension, and make clients' elbows jealous of their backs. In addition to their talents at the massage table, the group also spends time continuing their studies to stay on top of evolving techniques.
As a child, Dr. Moufida Khalife was the only kid in her class who brought a toothbrush to school. "I was fascinated by the smile," she says, "I brushed my teeth like crazy!" Naturally, Dr. Khalife was drawn to the world of dentistry as she grew up, and she opened Select Dental Group in 2008.
The staff members at Select Dental Group aim to quash any anxieties patients may have about dentistry at the door. The office's warm, red-toned decor evokes the atmosphere of a lush hotel rather than a medical office, and the reception room welcomes patients to help themselves to hot tea, coffee, or healthy snacks such as fruit and toothpaste. Within the treatment rooms, clients can zone out while watching satellite television or listening to music or they can submit their digits to a softening paraffin dip. The all-digital office allows technicians to review x-ray results on in-room screens, and then quickly return to whittling away plaque and tartar with an electric hand piece.
While Dr. Khalife's first love is cosmetic dental enhancements such as porcelain veneers, whitening, and implants, she and her team also overhaul teeth with restorative procedures that range from simple cleanings to the treatment of periodontal disease.