While obtaining her communication degree, Ashley J. Hirzel knew she wanted to focus her career on helping people. Now a licensed massage therapist and the owner of H&M Open Arms Massage Studio, she leads the charge to physical and emotional wellness with a team of therapists certified in modalities such as pregnancy, deep-tissue, and LaStone massages. Within treatment rooms adorned with Monet-inspired artwork and trompe l’oeil paintings of ornate trees with lanterns, they help clients overcome pain, injury, and stress. Add-ons such as cold-stone therapy, aromatherapy, and foot massages deepen each treatment with their own brand of pampering. The spa’s wraps and scrubs call upon ingredients such as pomegranate and cranberry extracts and European roses to render the skin as smooth as Dean Martin’s voicemail message.
Surrounded by exposed brick and clean gray tiles, stylists and estheticians work to pamper guests in the open floor plan of Crimson Renee Salon & Nails. Shampoos, haircuts, and styles work together to create new eye-catching dos, aided by partial or full highlights. Meanwhile, manicures and pedicures tend to nails, as massages soothe muscles.
Most people attending a college reunion don't expect a massage. Then again, most people going in for a massage don't expect a college reunion. But at Whole Self Massage Therapy, where six of the seven therapists honed their chops at Healing Arts Institute in Ohio, the specialists share much more than an alma mater. Their similar training has instilled in them a seasoned skill set and passion for wellness, which is evidenced in their attentive Swedish, hot-stone, and deep-tissue massages. The path to wellness also leads through the facility's sauna, where clients can shed toxins and summon their spirit-Zamboni, and diverges at many turns into rooms where hands and feet relish in paraffin treatments and acupuncturists align energies via the centuries-old Chinese healing practice.
Heather DiPillo, one-third of Amiche Capelli Salon of Style's ownership team, transforms manes into chic configurations with haircuts, highlights, and coloring services. Brandishing scissors against rogue strands and kamikaze flyaways bent on sinking the entire 'do, DiPillo snips and styles manes before dousing tresses with a pop of partial highlights or an all-over color glaze. Amiche Capelli's stylists dole out their dome-transforming services in the salon's urban-inspired confines, where modern art contrasts with exposed bricks, and discarded locks vie for a second chance from the cutting room’s tiled floor.
The staff at the newly opened Vina Valencia Salon & Day Spa are professionals with scissors. Experienced stylists cut off split ends, create fame-framing layers, and saturate strands of hair with luxurious color with as much ease as they create paper snowflakes for clients who know the secret word of the day. They are surrounded by beauty icons such as Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor that adorn fleur-de-lis-clad wallpaper, and warm modern lighting fixtures hang from the ceiling.
After Meredith Tong earned her associate's degree in massage therapy from Stautzenberger College, she snatched up her massage license and opened Time Out Therapeutics, LLC. In addition to Swedish, deep-tissue, and trigger-point therapy, Meredith uses her interest in physical therapy to help clients reach new levels of health and fitness. She uses sports massage to buttress the body's immune system, increase kinesthetic awareness, and nurture injured sinews. This technique can also prevent injuries and prolong athletic careers by increasing flexibility, soothing swollen tissues, and calming the mind. Meredith's own athletic background informs her massage method as she helps individual athletes and teams achieve peak performance on the day of their marathons, dance competitions, and pogo-stick relays.
After a motorcycle accident left his 16-year-old body injured and in pain, Douglas Schwan faced a choice that would end up defining his future. Rather than having steel rods surgically implanted in his back, he paid his first visit to a chiropractor, whose integrated, noninvasive methods left an impression on his career path as well as his body.
Fast-forward to the present day: after three decades as a chiropractor, Dr. Schwan continues to distinguish himself through publications and his daily work at Schwan Chiropractic & Acupuncture. He approaches each patient’s condition with a philosophy of integrated wellness, drawing on acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine as well as chiropractic adjustments. He often blends these techniques to ease complaints such as chronic pain and stress from working long hours in the office or as a human bridge.
In line with his holistic philosophy, Dr. Schwan sometimes employs acupuncture to help patients to lose weight, quit smoking, and fight fine lines and wrinkles with both needle and needle-free acupuncture. Face-lift acupuncture treatments stimulate acupuncture points with rubber electrodes, smoothing out complexions without the risk of surgery or the embarrassingly high-pitched voice associated with helium injections. Dr. Schwan’s embrace of modern technology extends to computerized acupuncture, which digitally charts meridians to determine the exact locations of physical ailments.
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