Performance Health Centers Of Atlanta pools the experience of a chiropractor and massage therapists to help clients get in shipshape condition. Dubbed “The Running Doctor,” Dr. John N. Thomas draws on his love of jogging, cycling, and other sports along with more than 15 years of experience as a board-certified doctor of chiropractic. At his side, certified massage therapist Parnisia Duckworth, brings her studies in holistic healing and the Daucik Method—a European sports-injury treatment—to the massage table. Together, they straighten askew spines, send stress and muscular tension fleeing from bodies, and give athletes the strength to get back on the field or burrow underneath it for the game-winning touchdown.
Atlanta Wellness and Weight Loss’s team of doctors watches over patients as they slim down, ensuring safe transformations during weight loss. Their plans focus on nutrition rather than intensive exercise; shots of B12 and all-natural Vital Nutrients supplements enhance overall health, and a custom nutrition plan saves patients the hassle of interrogating frozen dinners. Their wellness services extend beyond weight loss, encompassing chiropractic adjustments and other physical therapy.
After years of performing traditional Swedish and deep-tissue massage, therapist Ron Reach became intrigued by the practice of myofascial release, eventually studying under a world-renowned master of the technique, John Barnes. He studied under Barnes for four years, learning everything from how to relieve nerves from intense pressure to which color apples Barnes preferred. Ron also learned that each muscle fiber is surrounded by fascia, a protective connective tissue that is manipulated by a trained myofascial-release specialist in order to treat stress, chronic pain, injury, and illness.
Now at his own practice, Northside Myofascial-Release, Ron applies targeted pressure to these connective tissues. This helps assuage a wide range of maladies, such as work-related stiffness, sports injuries, sciatica, carpal tunnel syndrome, and bursitis.
Wherever Wenny Blackman goes, Aveda's organic products are sure to follow, and vice versa, as the stylist, aesthetician, and owner of Wen Chic Salon and Spa—an Aveda Concept Salon and Spa—has been attending Aveda classes since 1996. Needless to say, she and her skilled staff employ Aveda products exclusively to augment their repertoire of salon and spa services, including colorings that use HeadMapping, instead of traditional wizards, to predict the amount of time, product, and cost for each session.
Before the Texas board-certified stylists can cut, color, or treat hair, Blackman requires them to attend classes at the Aveda Institute. The stylists' mastery of Aveda's curriculum, coupled with their overall experience, determines their status as a stylist, senior stylist, master stylist, or director. Similarly, the licensed aestheticians and registered massage therapists reach for Aveda products during facials, massages, waxing treatments, and airbrush-tanning sessions, which are staged in the spa area's quiet summer and winter rooms, free of cell-phone ringtones and piles of burning leaves.
Nestled away from the outside world in private treatment rooms, Lavender Massage's therapists knead away tension with body and foot massages. They oust anxiety and chronic pain with a slew of modalities, including Swedish massage, sport massage, and acupressure massage, and incorporate hot stones into each treatment for good measure.
Though the lobby invites guests to cozy up with plush red leather sofas and chandeliers, the rooms themselves feature few furnishings beyond a cozy massage table, whimsical lighting, dark tile. They're also pretty spacious, giving the therapist room to move, the mind room to wander, and the table room to practice Irish Dance when the spa closes for the night.
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 11–25
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular service: Foot massage , body massage , foot detox
Brands Used: Organic oil