Surrounded by the soothing tones of sage and cranberry, clients at Sohmage leave their worries at the door. Exfoliating scrubs, facials, and detoxifying wraps aim to boost appearances and overall health, whereas energy-healing sessions work to reroute the flow of energy that would otherwise be rerouted to power your neighbors' fridge.
The branches of the baobab tree zigzag into the African sky like roots, giving the tree its distinctive upside-down shape and giving Alchemy Wellness Studio the fruits that infuse one of its signature facials. The studio’s experienced aestheticians meld natural ingredients such as baobab fruit and kigelia—an African flowering plant and natural astringent—into their ameliorating spa treatments, reflecting their overarching focus on holistic, organic care. This goal carries over onto the menu of services—which includes reiki, aromatherapy, and more standard spa fare, such as waxing treatments and mani-pedis—as well as into the cups of fair-trade coffee clients sip as they shrug off the stressors of everyday life.
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.
When Foot Reflexology CT founder Barbara Chudiak was growing up, her mother purchased a book entitled Stories Your Feet Can Tell. Barbara’s mother was enamored with how feet act as a link to the rest of the body—specifically, how pressure applied to the feet can help alleviate aches and stress. If Barbara ever came down with a stomach ache, or a headache, her mother would skip trips to the doctor and administer reflexology treatments. To Barbara's own amazement, the approach worked.
Barbara followed in the footsteps of her mother's fascination with reflexology as an adult. At first, she only used her healing touch on family and friends but soon realized she could help scores of others. So, she ditched the fast-paced world of business and opened Foot Reflexology CT. There, Barbara's reward isn’t a corner office with a view, but the relaxed and rejuvenated faces of her clients following a session. Barbara's repertoire of treatments stretches beyond feet, too, as she applies similar principles to the hands, face, and head to alleviate discomfort and reduce stress.
Patty Kingsbury got her first massage when she was in her mid-30s. At the time, she weighed 400 pounds, faced health concerns, and was deeply self-conscious about her weight. Though her therapist could have made the experience a gruesome one, she assured Patty that massage is for everyone, no matter their age or size. That feeling of acceptance touched Patty and inspired her to take control of her health and enroll at massage school.
Now, she shares that open environment with everyone who steps through the doors at Healing Hands And Bodyworks. She, her husband, and a team of therapists all provide therapeutic massages in a variety of modalities including Swedish, hot stone, and neuromuscular. During their healing hands four-handed tandem massage, two therapists work on sore muscles at the same time, creating an extremely relaxing session. Raindrop therapy, meanwhile, uses essential oils and light stretches to bring the body back into alignment with its shadow.
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.