Inside its serene studio, Essential Yoga guides groups toward health and wellness with more than 10 different yoga classes, including multiple threads of Vinyasa and an intro to Ashtanga. The facility's roster of passionate instructors acts as a source of constant encouragement, and a flexible schedule of daily classes bends to accomodate students of all experience levels. To kick workout routines up a notch, Essential Yoga also offers energized sessions of Zumba.
Before she was a licensed acupuncturist and herbalist, Renea Barrett was an intern at a hospital and university in Guangzhou, China. Unlike those of its stateside counterparts, the hospital’s medical room contained more than 200 pots of boiling herbs, each tagged with the patient for which the remedy was being brewed. The university’s pharmacy contained both Western medicines and traditional Chinese formulas, but demand for the latter was perpetually high. When Renea returned to the United States, she brought her newfound understanding of the power of traditional Chinese medicine, which now serves as the cornerstone of Soft Touch Acupuncture.
She combines those traditions with Western techniques in her studio, where patrons sit in clusters of heated recliners. In private rooms, she seeks to bolster the body’s energy with acupressure, and acupuncture targets a wide range of maladies with slim needles that are used once and disposed of, much like a billionaire’s theme park.
Dr. Gary Meek joins a team of physicians and a trained staff at Meek Chiropractic to analyze and realign vertebrae of all shapes and sizes. Meek brings an expertise in pregnancy needs, care for athletes, and pediatrics to the table, helping the group bolster the extensive experience that includes treating minor leaguers from the Springfield Cardinals baseball team and athletes from various colleges.
With that experience, they've built up a wide range of treatment plans and methodologies to help realign patients. Depending on your needs, they can administer acupuncture treatments, perform nutritional counseling, and give instruction in corrective exercises, which reinforce the effects of chiropractic care and train you not to sleep on park benches. Their 10,000-square-foot facility is equipped with private exam rooms and a children’s playroom.
Precision Muscular Therapy and Massage’s team of licensed therapists extricates pain from tangled striations with six massage modalities. The soothing strokes of Swedish massage foster full-body relaxation and oxygen flow, while the same techniques take a more focused approach in prenatal sessions as therapists seek to alleviate sore spots in the lower back and hips of mothers-to-be. Deep tissue massage delves down to unearth subterranean tension and enhance joint flexibility, much like injecting a Cabbage Patch doll with molten Jello. Meanwhile, Thai massage therapists stretch fully clothed clients into yoga-style poses to liberate tight tendons and increase range of motion.
Planet Sub sidesteps the flavorless land mines of days-old bread, opting for filling-packed subs and sandwiched meaty delights. The menu may differ slightly between the two locations, but omnipresent signature subs cross state lines to sate hungering masses, such as the bacon-bolstered mega roast beef ($4.69/$7.29 ) and the Planet BBQ, a saucy concoction stacked with ham, turkey, and roast beef ($3.99/$6.99 ). Vegetarian options abound, so meat abstainers can try the spicy cheese sub ($4.49/$6.99 ) or the pesto bello ($4.99/$7.19), which is loaded with portobello mushrooms, red peppers, and a tomato-garlic pesto as smooth and suave as an Italian R&B crooner.
Helmed by a certified RN, the team of massage therapists, aestheticians, and nail technicians at Serenity Day Spa enhances exteriors and relieves stress. Aestheticians employ d’vine and Hylunia facial products to banish signs of aging, such as crow’s-feet and eyebrows still furrowed about Benedict Arnold, and wield soy-based Nufree-Nudesse wax to oust unwanted fuzz. The spa’s four massage therapists cater their kneading to each back, deepening relaxation with hot stones or reflexology techniques. Whether whitening teeth or gussying up nails with Shellac and acrylics, the professionals do their best to set clients at ease and send them back into the world feeling rejuvenated both inside and out.
The doctors and staff at Institute for Beauty and Women’s Health help take care of entire families, but they specialize in obstetrics, gynecology, infertility, and women’s health. Medical personnel nurture both physical and mental internal landscapes by investigating infertility, administering HCG hormone injections, and offering emotional support and counseling for depression and anxiety. Trained aestheticians maintain façades with medical-grade facial treatments, and massage therapists bridge the gap between innards and outsides by banishing muscular tension and offending toxins. This results in relaxation, glowing skin, and excessive skipping.