With a name like The Tranquility Center, it's no surprise that this retreat floods bodies with a sense of calm using massage therapy. Its signature therapeutic massage calms clients into relaxing states and may include techniques from modalities such as relaxation, swedish, aromatherapy, deep-tissue, or hot stone. Those looking to purge toxins from their soles may also try an ionic footbath. Other holistic treatments include colon hydrotherapy and acupuncture to aid clients in meeting and managing their personal goals.
One of The Tranquility's main focus is healing groups, which help people deal with things such as sexual abuse and body image. Clients can expunge emotional baggage through the release techniques embodied in The Emotion Code, and parents-in-waiting can join a group for The Bradley Method of Natural Childbirth. Additionally, Heal Your Life workshops based on the writings of Louise L. Hay; workshops are offered in a variety of formats for any group, and aid in self-discovery, releasing negative emotions, and learning to handle life more positively.
Although Dr. Kenneth Brinegar’s hands can tell much about a patient’s bones and muscles during an exam, they can't see everything. Fortunately, he’s also a licensed radiology supervisor and can snap spinal x-rays to pinpoint where he suspects a subluxation lives. Together with Dr. Janis R. Prout and a staff of massage therapists, the team discharges internal troublemakers with adjustments and physiotherapy to alleviate pain and help bodies revert to their harmonious default setting.
Norma Brinker could be called a natural. Starting at a very young age, she honed her skills painting for the fun of it, eventually earning a college degree doing what she loves best. Today, she brings a wealth of experience and a bag of ideas to her studio, Noric Art & Wellness, where she inspires amateur artists with her passion for painting. During Friday night's BYOB classes, florid brush strokes alternate with delicate sips while Norma instructs students on painting pre-made portraits of hearts, trees, and scenic blank canvases. When not teaching art classes, Norma puts her skills as a licensed massage therapist to work by doling out massages, cupping treatments, and reflexology.
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Yemanya Carey’s resume of massage training and certifications spans the traditional modalities—including Swedish, deep tissue, pregnancy, and cranial-sacral therapy—as well as the more exotic techniques, such as lomi lomi, reiki, and crystal healing. She practices her therapies at Birthing A New Humanity. Massage, however, is only one of the many treatments she offers to heal bodies, minds, and souls. Her guided meditation sessions are infused with sound therapy to promote senses of deep relaxation, and her essence light therapy aims to ease emotional imbalances that manifest as chronic pain. For wee ones, she runs a children’s mystery school, where she introduces them to yoga, meditation, and the chakra system.
Licensed acupuncturist Julia Sanfilippo performs each treatment surrounded by stockpiles of knowledge that she accumulated while earning a master of science in traditional oriental medicine from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine. Rejuvenating treatments entail the insertion of fine needles into acupuncture points on the face, neck, and around the eyes. By stimulating facial muscles in strategic spots, Sanfilippo aims to reduce the visibility of fine lines and wrinkles and imbue skin with the tone of an extremely fit porcupine. Although most patients leave looking more youthful after a single session, multiple sessions are typically recommended (sometimes as many as 10 for best results). After needles are removed, a massage soothes the face, scalp, and hands to prepare them to fend off droves of admiring woodland creatures.
Two dozen candles glow welcomingly at Natural Athletic Performance Spa, where holistic health practitioner Reyna Carter guides an elite team specializing in fine-tuning the bodies of athletes in a setting that dissolves the stress of competition. Acupuncturist and master of traditional Oriental medicine Melissa Batten represents the staff members’ expertise and thoughtful approach to their work. Having enrolled at the International Professional School of Bodywork, she realized she could better serve her clients with a degree from the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, where she pursued sports medicine, interned for two years in various clinical settings, and learned to differentiate the ailments better addressed with Western medicine. A pair of licensed massage therapists—one of whom is also a certified personal trainer—wield knowledge of six modalities that include the circulation-boosting Swedish style as well as thai and sports massages that loosen joints and target injury prevention. Treatments to streamline silhouettes for races with speeding bullets take shape as either dietary supplements or noninvasive, mechanical kneadings.