When treating patients with his signature drug-free techniques, Doctor of Chiropractic Jeff Chamberlain examines both what’s occurring inside and outside the body. During examinations, he looks for subluxations in the spine that can impede the body’s ability to heal itself. Then, he evaluates current diet and exercise habits for catalysts that may be contributing to symptoms. Patients leave his office with pain retreating from his noninvasive adjustments and massages while armed with helpful lifestyle tips on how to prevent its recurrence.
Though Tamar Dresner is an expert at making the body relax, a visit to her massage table is hardly a low-key day at the spa. She leads serious bodywork sessions geared toward lasting pain management, and she knows that intense pressure on the table can lead to rapturous freedom from chronic aches in the hours, days, or weeks to follow. Graduating with honors from the Institute for Therapeutic Massage, Tamar is professionally trained in the scientific manipulation of the soft tissues to normalize the body, promote circulation, and ease deeply rooted tension. To complement her training, she has experimented with new techniques for better depth and leverage. So whether it be long, flowing Swedish strokes or the firm pressure of deep-tissue techniques, Tamar can transport the body to an elevated state without the ear popping associated with flights to Wyoming.
At Hot Looks Hair Salon, stylists aim to discover each client's personality and create a haircut that tells his or her story. Led by 30-year industry expert Carol Colantuono, the team specializes in adding texture and shape with razor cuts and accentuating natural hues with color and highlighting techniques. Colantuono designs clients' looks with a sense of style influenced by her apprenticeship with stylist Barry Leonard at Crimper, one of the top salons in Center City, and all of her staff have undergone extensive training in the Vidal Sassoon and Sexy Hair lines. She hands clients a complimentary cup of coffee or glass of wine before beginning specialty treatments such as hair extensions that add length and volume or feather extensions that help clients blend in with migrating flocks of ornithologists.
Retta Flagg was introduced to the reparative benefits of massage while recovering from a back injury. Once she was back in tip-top shape, Retta decided to pursue a career in massage therapy, focusing her initial training on styles designed to treat injuries and chronic pain. Only a few years after completing massage school in 1986, she started a 10-year career teaching neuromuscular technique at the very same institution she attended—the Pittsburgh School of Massage Therapy.
Retta now owns and operates The Healing Touch, a place that clients frequent for stress-relieving treatments ranging from Swedish and pregnancy massages to paraffin therapy baths and onsite corporate chair massages. All the wellness center's therapists are graduates of accredited schools, boast more than 600 hours of training, and actively improve their skills through continuing education and thumb-wrestling tournaments.
While relaxing music, hot towels, and aromatherapy make her massages serene experiences, Tracey Johnson views massage as a legitimate form of medical healing. She specializes in modalities designed to ease the symptoms of such conditions as fibromyalgia, Parkinson’s, and the side effects of cancer treatment. Muscle aches submit to the therapeutic pressure of deep tissue massages and expectant mothers can shorten maternity stays with pre-natal massage.
For Body Beautiful's team of cosmetic experts, it?s not enough to simply treat patients? skin, veins, or cellulite. The med-spa?s staff is also focused on helping patients understand the issues they?re facing and how they can be treated most effectively, which is why all patients begin their relationship with the spa with a personal consultation. Only then does Body Beautiful draw on its arsenal of high-tech services, including treatments that include diode-laser hair removal, tattoo removal, and fractional skin resurfacing and rejuvenation designed to minimize skin irritation. The team also uses lasers?along with peels, ultrasound facials, microdermabrasion, and other approaches?to combat acne and spider veins, and its laser toenail fungus removal helps prepare feet for warm-weather footwear. To complement its other technological techniques, Body Beautiful also offers body-contouring wraps, which relies on a mixture of radio frequency, infrared light, fillers and Botox, and massage to help defend against cellulite and assist patients in reshaping their figures.