Debbie Chambless values every benefit of corrective bodywork, from its ability to relax muscles to its ability to help prevent injury. She received her first professional massage in 2005, and after experiencing some of these effects firsthand, Debbie chose to rededicate her life to the practice. Her Swedish, deep-tissue, neuromuscular, reflexology, and myofascial-release sessions each target specific maladies or symptoms of stress, although her goal for every massage is to completely relax clients by applying a gentle touch and singing them an original melody in whale song.
Chronic pain medications can launch patients into a cycle of side effects and drugs to quell those side effects; Dr. Earl J. Snyder hopes to break this cycle. As medical director of Outcome Medical of Georgia, he relies less on traditional medications and more on metabolic therapies developed in his office. “We have experienced some very impressive outcomes with our protocol that addresses pain problems at the cellular level,” Dr. Snyder said in an article in The Citizen. After treatment with nutritional supplements and electronic nerve stimulation, patients have reported relief from lower-back and hip pain, fibromyalgia, and the weight of the world on their shoulders.
At Pretty Please Beauty Bar, the pampering can last anywhere from 15 minutes to years on end. Massage therapist Bryan performs quick lunchtime treatments that take a mere quarter of an hour, in addition to more leisurely one-hour and two-hour massages. Prenatal and post-natal massages help new and soon-to-be moms relax. Aesthetician Andrea artfully applies permanent cosmetics to those seeking indelible makeup solutions. Haircuts and color from Val update looks season to season or fiscal quarter to fiscal quarter, and facials fight off signs of aging.
Operating inside the Eastbrook Executive Center, the licensed massage therapists at Fresh Lemongrass Massage pamper clients with an array of therapeutic treatments, whether to help alleviate pain or simply unwind after a taxing day. Swedish massages lull guests into tranquility, sports massages help reduce the physical stresses athletes incur in games, and reflexology treatments melt anxiety with a foot soak and body scrub.
Not content to practice only such familiar pain-relief techniques as deep-tissue and medical massage, the therapists at this house of healing also unleash polarity therapy, detox footbaths, and a meridian-based tapping method known as Emotional Freedom Technology, or EFT. Eight types of kneading spring from the fingers of the therapists, from the sustained pressure of myofascial release to the directional strokes of lymph drainage. Powered by a gentle electric current, ionic footbaths surround paws in polarity in an effort to collect negatively charged toxins and restore the body’s pH balance. Like people who decorate their lawns with thousands of needles to keep the grass healthy, EFT sessions take their inspiration from acupuncture. But instead of piercing energy points, therapists performing this treatment manipulate them manually, a method designed to combat anxiety, stress, and anger.
Master cosmetologist and salon owner Manisha Mehta takes pride in delivering a sweeping range of beauty and grooming services infused with luxurious touches. Full-length facials incorporate rich ingredients such as 24-karat gold or chocolate, and facial peels immerse visages in fruit and vegetable medleys without the need for surreptitious head dunks into a punch bowl. Issuing from Mehta's fervent interest in the healing and restorative powers of herbs, most full facials are accompanied by a custom aromatherapy blend. Alongside eyelash extensions and waxing are ancient Eastern grooming services, such as eyebrow threading, ear candling, mummification, and henna designs for hands and feet. Dark wood and leather furnishings, deep-maroon walls, and gilt-framed mirrors and paintings lend the space a feeling of an urban retreat.