Gateway Bodyworks owner Lisa Firey believes deeply in the power of holistic treatments, as she has seen remarkable results firsthand. When her beloved dog, Porter, came down with an immune disease, doctors attempted to treat the symptoms with Western medicine. She suspected the medicines were weakening Porter’s immune system, so she began to research alternative methods. Soon she was treating her dog with vitamin C, nasturtium, and dandelion root, as well as massage. This method reenergized Porter and prolonged his life. Impassioned by this discovery, Lisa went on to earn a degree in muscle therapy and is now pursuing a doctorate in natural health.
Today, Lisa employs a staff of 20 experts to practice holistic healing methods. Within her garage-turned-spa space, her team focuses on acupuncture, bodywork, and massage. During reflexology treatments, therapists push pressure points on the feet, relieving stress and removing stuck-on shoe inserts. Acupuncturists treat everything from fatigue to autoimmune disorders and suggest herbal remedies. Alternatively, massage therapists use the long, languid strokes of the Swedish modality, and can also alleviate pain related to sports injuries, pregnancy, and postpregnancy. To round out the center, Lisa also set up a yoga studio with classes such as Hatha, Mommy & Me, and Kundalini.
The eponymous and licensed massage therapist Mark Liskey helms Mark Liskey Massage, where he utilizes his own brand of massage therapy. Named PressurePerfect, his massage techniques emphasize deep relaxation and pain relief via customized strokes and pressure. Liskey also offers neuromuscular massage, which uses a combination of gliding and pressing motions to treat tight muscle spots.
Ever since opening his private practice in 1989, Dr. Ronald Rouzer has dedicated himself to staying on the vanguard of general-dentistry practices. Even though he's a proud owner of a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from Georgetown University, Dr. Rouzer doesn't let his education rest on its laurels. Instead, he challenges himself to undergo 50 hours of continuing education each year—that's nearly three times the annual requirement. All of this training has left him able to deal with all manner of oral-health quandaries, whether he's advising patients on TMJ treatments, performing air abrasion or laser gum surgery, or simple overseeing a routine cleaning.
Invisalign straightens crooked chompers through a combination of highly advanced, 3-D computer graphics and the spells of good old-fashioned orthodontia. Orthodontists specially trained and certified in the Invisalign process eschew cumbersome braces for clear, removable aligners that are virtually invisible to the unclothed eye. An initial exam, including x-rays and photos ($325), will pave the way for a flurry of calibrated teeth sheaths that are designed to slowly shift your walnut crackers into perfect alignment. The total cost of an Invisalign treatment varies with each customer (it can run anywhere from $2,000 to $8,000); this Groupon gets you $1,000 to put toward that final cost. View some Invisalign FAQs here.
Verge Yoga's passionate and certified instructors foster personal growth in their students with invigorating yoga classes held inside a heated studio. The robust schedule accommodates morning folks and those who don't believe in sunrises with a variety of yoga classes. In the Stationary 60 class, beginners find balance with standing poses, core strengthening, and bends that encourage mindful alignment and stability. Flow-based classes range in duration, culminating in a challenging 90-minute session that guides limbs through a sequence of sun salutations, warrior poses, arm balances, and deep hip openers. Stomachs seeking new careers as washboards or speed bumps for Hot Wheels cars tone up during the Verge Core class, which combines yoga fundamentals with functional core training to target trunks and backs.
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