As the years go by, shoulders draw forward, necks bend, backs ache, and knees throb. Most people attribute these aches and pains to napping on whack-a-mole machines or the body's natural breakdown as it ages, but proponents of a process known as Rolfing maintain that they all center on the body's proper alignment. Rolfing involves manipulating the fascia, a network of connective tissue, to return patients to their full upright position.
Certified Rolfer Michael Pellegrino bears this focus on alignment in mind during pretreatment consultations with clients, gleaning information from them about personal history and health concerns and goals. Clad in comfortable clothing, clients are encouraged to focus on breathing as Michael performs the hands-on therapy, lengthening connective tissue in problem areas with his hands. As part of each Rolfing treatment, Michael also unburdens the central nervous system with craniosacral therapy.
Licensed massage therapist Debbie. Q. Allen?s menu of 5 modalities reflects her encyclopedic knowledge of her craft. She could tell you, for example, how Swedish massage?s roots lie with a Dutch therapist who named each of the basic strokes after French words. Of course, she?d only go into that if it helped a client relax. Otherwise, she?s content to do the listening, letting clients? muscles show her the origin of every ache. She then draws upon specialized techniques?such as deep-tissue and trigger-point therapies?in order to ease muscles bound into Celtic love knots.
In addition to helping guests attain relaxation, her massages may impart other benefits such as accelerating healing, improving range of motion, and boosting feel-good neurotransmitters such as dopamine and serotonin.
The array of eyelash extension options at Lash Factor Studio Eyes, Brows & Face can be a little overwhelming?they include several different packages as well as add-ons such as mink lashes?which is why it's a good thing specialists hold consultations before each service. During this time, they help clients select the proper length and hue from the studio's collection of faux lashes, which are delicately curled with a tapered tip to mimic natural lashes. The certified aestheticians then individually adhere each extension to the eyelid?s original fringe as clients chat them up or kick back with their iPods for quick snoozes. All faux strands cling to the pre-existing lashes for the duration of the natural lashes' growth cycle (up to two months) and, being water-resistant, they can endure swimming, crying, and backstroking through a pool of tears.
It was her mother's cancer diagnosis that led Raquel Rzepecki to develop a whole new perspective on the body. That life-altering event suddenly compelled her to take an active interest in holistic health and a balanced lifestyle, and ultimately led her to become a certified aesthetician and massage therapist. Today, at Lakali Natural Skincare & Massage, she's sharing her holistic knowledge with others, showing how natural approaches and a healthy lifestyle can make them look better and feel younger.
Raquel's services include a range of facials that improve skin's appearance with natural ingredients like herbal enzymes and plant stem cells. Massages, meanwhile, help combat the negative effects of stress while boosting circulation, releasing toxins, and strengthening the body's natural defenses. Of course, with an island-inspired name (Lakali is Hawaiian for "Raquel"), her spa also offers several specialized Hawaiian treatments enhanced with tropical scents such as mango, coconut vanilla, or fresh baked sand.
Therapist Randy and his partner Lara weave spiritual healing into aspects of their practice, providing customized holistic wellness through massage and energy work. More than 25 years of experience inform Randy?s massage therapy; since 1986, he?s immersed himself in a diverse spectrum of healing modalities that range from sports massage to neuromuscular therapy to radix, an emotional healing technique. He specializes in deep-tissue massage, and can employ a VibraCussor medical massage tool that uses percussion to facilitate joint and fascia release without the discomfort that can sometimes accompany manual pressure.
Randy and Lara work together on their massage and spiritual healing sessions, which combine his therapy expertise with her empathy and nurturing nature. While Randy massages away pent-up aches, Lara mollifies restless minds with Essene reflexology, helping clients get in touch with their own positive energies and fairy godmothers who don?t mind if you forget their birthdays.