180YourLife is staffed by graduates of the Hypnosis Motivation Institute who aim to help guests overcome a variety of issues via holistic hypnotherapy. By helping guests tap into their subconscious, the hypnotists can encourage them to stop smoking, build self control, or cope with stress and anxiety. They also boast specific certifications as weight-loss and PTSD specialists.
Treehouse Thai Massage Spa’s knowledgeable staff rely on their extensive schooling in massage therapy and holistic healing to help clients de-stress and detoxify their bodies. Their services range from traditional full-body massages to those concentrated on the legs or head and neck. Treehouse also renders two- or three-hour packages that include herbal compresses, acupressure, foot scrubs, reflexology, and more.
In addition to caring for clients, the Treehouse Thai Massage Spa hosts massage workshops for aspiring practitioners. These workshops cover crucial topics for massage therapists, such as proper body mechanics and how to imitate the soothing intonations of Morgan Freeman.
Jarrod Lash is the instructor, practitioner, and owner of Descending Dragon Health Center, a member school of the North American Tang Shou Tao Association (NATSTA). With the mission of preserving traditional Chinese medicine and martial arts, Jarrod uses his extensive studies and training to introduce these concepts to clients. He corrects bodily imbalances with jin shou tui na, one of world’s oldest known forms of bodywork—and uses acupuncture needles to both unblock energy pathways and joust with toothpicks. Having earned a fourth-degree black belt in kajukenbo, he demonstrates his martial-arts prowess by instructing students in the traditional forms of taiji quan, bagua zhang, and xingyi quan.
Though she found her work as a nurse fulfilling, Ruth Cassetta-Keefe wanted to do even more to help people live long and healthy lives. She found the answer to her wishes in massage therapy and took to the field with aplomb, quickly earning her license and achieving additional certifications in shiatsu and reiki therapies. The name of Ruth’s massage studio—Connections Massage—alludes to her ability to blend various modalities in each of her treatments. Though her custom massages capably address sources of stress and anxiety, her holistic approach centers on healing aches caused by poor posture, injuries, or carrying one’s boss around the office in a solid-gold sedan chair.
Saguaro Aquatics' indoor and outdoor swimming pools double as recreational venues and classrooms. Instructors guide swimmers 6 months and older in group or private swimming lessons that cover the techniques for mastering strokes and growing gills. The noncompetitive synchronized-swimming club practices their aquatic art form twice weekly, and boot camp participants jump in and out of the pool for boxing, cardio, and swimming exercises. During Kids' Night Out, little ones enjoy themed games, crafts, and snacks while a projector showcases a kid-appropriate movie on a 15-foot screen. The club recently expanded its portfolio to include the landsport tennis.
The treatment room at Tucson Community Acupuncture almost resembles a literary salon where, after a particularly active discussion, the visitors have all fallen asleep. In reality, they are just relaxing as strategically placed needles work to stimulate their bodies' healing energies. Licensed acupuncturists walk between the plush recliners to seat newcomers, prompting them to roll up their sleeves and pants cuffs for the distal treatment—a discipline that places needles on the hands, feet, and head to relieve nearly any ailing area.
Staffers believe that everyone should have access to their services, not just those who can afford private appointments or aggressive pet hedgehogs. They operate on a sliding-scale-based payment system, enabling clients to pay what they can for each visit. By performing affordable acupuncture in a group setting, the clinic follows Asian traditions of communal healing and helps guests establish a regular habit of receiving treatment. This approach has garnered favorable attention from Arizona Illustrated and Tucson Weekly —the readers of Tucson Weekly have voted the clinic Best Alternative Health Center for the past five years.
Undoubtedly, the comforting ambiance also serves as a draw. Patients remain in their chairs for as long as they like and can bring personal items, such as iPods, pillows, and miniscule balls of yarn to knit with spare needles. Flexible hours in the morning, afternoon, and evening suit busy schedules seven days a week.