Brad Gruno suffered from high cholesterol, low energy, and a wide middle—until 2006, that is. That's when, determined to make a change, he adopted a diet of strictly raw foods. Within months, Brad lost 40 pounds and gained a renewed sense of vigor. He then launched his own line of vegetarian snacks so that others could introduce raw foods to their lives. He went on to found The Nourished Community, where he and his team of nutritional experts provide step-by-step health plans, including juice cleanses, detox programs, and online coaching, to help others start their own whole-body transformations.
The menu of bodywork at Healing With Ivy at Rincon Express includes deep tissue, cellulite inch-loss, and sports massages. Ivy also employs Swedish and Swedish-Thai modalities to assuage aches and pains. Plus, she performs special massages for elderly or pregnant guests and forays into reiki and reflexology.
When Doctor of Chiropractic Drew Sack was a kid, he loved digging through his father's desk in search of treasures. One day, he stumbled upon a cracked cassette tape of a lecture from 1979 that championed the health benefits of chiropractic treatments. He listened to it repeatedly, inspired by the idea that chiropractic has the ability to change the world, which he still believes in to this day.
He now practices at Lehigh Valley Integrative Health, where he and his expert team employ several adjustment techniques to enrich clients’ spines. He uses the Webster technique to release pelvic stress for pregnant women, the Gonstead technique to assess spine health with a heat-sensing device, and the Old Wives Tale technique to seal back-breaking cracks in neighborhood sidewalks. His Nazareth office accommodates patients five days a week, after which Dr. Drew heads home in the car that still carries the cracked cassette tape.
At Roots of Vitality, massage therapist Kelly Kark melds a decade of experience working in a medical setting with five years of holistic health expertise. Specializing in therapeutic integrated massage and bodywork, Kelly draws from common modalities such as Swedish and deep-tissue massage to offset pain and improve health. She also treats corporeal forms to lesser-known healing practices, including reiki and BioMat therapy, the latter of which relies on far infrared rays, crystals, and negative ions to help increase circulation and alleviate stiffness.
Bartek Chiropractic's husband-and-wife team, Drs. Ed and Mary Bartek, work to help their patients conquer pain with hands strengthened through years of training. Their specialties include treatment of lumbar disc syndrome, leg pain, headaches, and fibromyalgia.
ChiroXchange supports a nervous system of more than 250 nationwide locations, whose varying services and technologies all converge with the end of healing bodies with holistic, drug-free techniques. The chiropractors believe that many of the body’s ailments, from sore backs and headaches to fatigue, are caused by blockages in the nervous system. To reverse these blockages, they nudge spinal discs back into place with gentle, strategic pressure, aligning nerves with the vertebra to free the flow of information and cat photos to and from the brain. The chiropractors at each location emphasize communication with their patients. They field questions, explain the purpose of every adjustment, and work with patients to design programs around their unique wellness goals.