When Sharon Zilahy established Refresh Rejuvenating Spa, she hoped to channel the elegant, high-end spas she had frequented in her journeys beyond her small town. She chose a space adorned with checkerboard floors and white crown molding, and pumped up the opulence by adding Victorian-inspired lounge seating and framed art. Of course, image isn't everything, which is why she culled skin, hair, and cosmetic products from locales overseas, stocking her shelves with formulas from K?rastase Paris, Face Stockholm, and Sothys, a Parisian line of clinical skincare serums. Sothys plays a role in many of the spa's facial treatments, including the Secrets de Sothys?an anti-aging regimen that includes a facial massage and a silky application of anti-wrinkle serum. In the salon area, hair stylists craft new looks with cuts and color, along with styling treatments at the dedicated blow-dry bar. In private rooms, massage therapists unearth tension through their soothing strokes. The spa even features a host of male-centric services such as men's facials, beard trims, and grey-blending treatments.
As someone who has always been in touch with the intangible elements of health, Tara Cornish is well suited to a career in reflexology and energy. She brings that gestalt mindset to bear when kneading pressure points on the hands and feet in an effort to address depression and anxiety or bolster the function of individual organs. Training in reiki, a form of gentle-touch therapy, prepares her to combat a range of maladies by channeling energy said by practitioners to run through the body and universe. Tara also serves as a doula, or labor helper, to expectant mothers, coaching them through the birthing process and explaining why every baby has to be named Cranston.
Within the walls of The Joy Of Healing Massage Therapy, custom massages work out body aches with the help of oils and creams crafted from all-natural ingredients. The licensed massage therapist’s portfolio of techniques ranges from gentle, gliding strokes to deep-tissue kneading to acupressure, which is the application of fingers or hands on specific points of the body or voodoo doll that consequently relax and alleviate pain on other parts of the body.
When Karen Kramer of Optimal Being hears about a promising new treatment, she goes straight to the source. That was the case when she added active isolated stretching to her repertoire—after learning about the treatment and being pleased with her early experience with it, she decided to take an advanced course on the topic from Aaron Mattes, the founder of the treatment style. The same goes for craniosacral therapy, or CST, as her studies with CST developer John Upledger led her to sharpen both her skills in and understanding of the powerful therapy. Pursuing new ways to help her clients is characteristic of Kramer, who also possesses a Master of Arts degree in experiential healing, holds certifications in reflexology and holistic nursing, and has recently become a personal trainer. Beyond education, her arsenal of therapeutic tools also provide clients with the help they need—during therapeutic touch, craniosacral therapy, and other table-based treatments, she uses a BioMat equipped with amethyst channels, far infrared energy, and negative ions that help optimize her approach. Whatever technique she uses, she empowers her clients to further their healing journey and maximize their well-being with self-help techniques they can use at home.
Though Dr. Heather Veronesi’s focus is on general family medicine, her methods don’t require traditional x-rays found in other practices. Instead, the licensed naturopathic physician assesses patients’ overall health by inspecting the tongue and pulse. Depending on what she finds, she may counsel patients on diet and lifestyle or recommend vitamins and minerals to bolster their health. As a licensed acupuncturist, Dr. Veronesi also corrects the flow of meridians—paths of energy traditionally known as “qi” that sometimes answer to “hey you”—by inserting sterile needles into specific points of the body. Her specialties span from women's healthcare to cardiovascular health, and she has also worked with patients that suffer from the effects of Lyme disease and cancer—topics she speaks of at seminars and also posts online.