At Pickering Wellness Centre, Doctor of Chiropractic Kevin Deschamps avoids the cracking, twisting, and turning that many people associate with chiropractic adjustments. Instead, he uses the low-force, computerized technology of the ProAdjuster system. Before touching a single key on the corresponding computer, the doctor hosts a one-on-one conversation to determine medical history and individual problems, customizing the following treatment to suit each client?s particular needs. As the patient sits comfortably in an upright position on the ProAdjustor?s seat, which looks like a high-tech massage chair, the system administers targeted, yet gentle adjustments using piezoelectric sensors that gauge the hyper- or hypomobility of spinal vertebrae. Like volleyball after leagues stopped using cacti as balls, the technique is virtually painless, employing equipment similar to devices used by NASA.
Dr. Deschamps promotes healing in conjunction with a [team](http://(http://www.pickeringwellness.ca/index.asp?p=meet_the_team.html) of registered massage therapists, as well as a chiropodist who specializes in treating foot pain with custom-made orthotics.
Over the last 10 years, registered massage therapist Jennifer Gould has helped alleviate pain and relax clients with AIDS, multiple sclerosis, autism, and depression. In addition to being certified in deep tissue massages, her specialties range from sports and pre- and postnatal massages to infant massages—a modality held close to her heart after two of her children were born prematurely. Jennifer’s therapeutic massages also help ease the effects of arthritis, migraines, and poor posture.
As a child, Lorraine Ferrari’s favorite memories were always linked to basking in the sun. As an adult, Lorraine has taken this love, bottled it, and re-released it inside of Aztec Tanning Studio, a boutique tanning salon that features high-end beds, spray-tanning equipment, and supplemental lotions for year-round sun-seekers. In addition to housing beds of varying intensities, the studio offers H20 massages, which use jets of water to gently sooth muscles, boost circulation, and make non-man-made geysers jealous.
Most Popular Service: Hot stone [and] deep-tissue massage, reflexology
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Rapha Rehab's therapists combine the disciplines of physiotherapy, chiropractic, acupuncture, and massage into cohesive treatments for clients. After providing clients with a cup of hot coffee or tea, the staff leads them to private treatments rooms. Here, therapists work to relieve tension and pain through massages, which may use natural and ayurvedic oils to reduce friction between the therapists gliding fingers and the client's skin. The wellness experts also help rehab injuries and treat conditions such as chronic bronchitis, IBS, and multiple sclerosis.
The staffers may have clients take advantage of Rapha Rehab's air-therapy rooms and its recreation area, which boasts a variety of weights and cardiovascular equipment. Plus, they can outfit clients with orthotic shoes, inserts, and even prosthetics.
The airy interior of Whispers of Beauty transports guests to a relaxing state of being. In private treatment rooms, diffused light shines through sheer lace draperies, illuminating aestheticians as they treat clients with advanced equipment such as a skin remodeling machine. This device combines five different technologies, including microcurrents and ultrasonic vibration, to get a nutrient-rich gel deep into the dermis. Aestheticians also pamper clients with a moonlight treatment, which erases dark spots with antioxidant-infused products, and such body treatments as acupuncture and reflexology. To further clear minds, Whispers of Beauty's team loosens muscles and tight joints with customized massage sessions enhanced with aromatherapy and hot stone treatments.
Cups, needles, and bare hands are just a few of the tools utilized by licensed practitioners at Golden Phoenix Natural Health Inc. These specialists adhere to a holistic view of wellness, striving to correct bodily imbalances caused by ailments that range from arthritis to car accidents. They administer soothing massages using Swedish, deep-tissue, and hot-stone techniques, as well as acupuncture treatments designed to target symptoms and decrease stress. To round out their menu of services, they perform reflexology, chiropractic methods, cupping, and Chinese-medicine consultations. They can also craft customized regimens that help clients achieve individual goals such as increasing mobility, decreasing pain, or firing Woody Allen as their stress-management coach.