While growing up on a farm in Vermont, Jessica Charles learned to appreciate how revitalizing a serene, natural setting could be. When she founded Body & Soul, she wanted to give clients a similar setting within a more traditional spa environment, complete with services that foster a similar sense of holistic wellbeing. Her bodywork sessions, for instance, use specialized massage modalities to soothe tense muscles or help restore balance throughout the body with energy-manipulating reiki techniques.
Jessica also realizes that modern technology has much to offer people besides bionic limbs. Her spa's ultrasonic-cavitation and laser-lipo systems each contour stubborn deposits of fat along the body, as do the body wraps, which Jessica prepares using organic blends of minerals and ingredients intended to nourish the skin. Even the facials embrace modern spa advancements: treatments employ microcurrent technology to create youthfully firm skin or LED light energy to minimize the appearance of blemishes such as scars, inflammation, and acne.
David McVeigh grew up in Ireland where he competed in road races and worked as a sports therapist. While he enjoyed his work, David felt limited in his abilities to rehabilitate his athletes. He’d learned firsthand the positive effects of massage therapy at his job and decided to make the switch, enrolling in a two-year course to learn the ins and outs of massage and bodywork.
Today, the owner of McVeigh Massage and his team in their quaint two-room studio, offer Swedish, deep-tissue, sports, and prenatal massages using heated pads and less-oily massage creams. Inside their serene and posh location, the team treats a variety of clients suffering from various body injuries such as chronic lower-back strain resulting from computer engineer work or inflamed muscles springing from strenuous exercises. They also provide terrycloth headbands and caps to keep hair from doing donuts in the slick creams.
Licensed massage therapist Ty Guttenberger offers a blend of restorative bodywork modalities. These range from classic Swedish and deep-tissue massages to less common lomilomi, Esalen, and craniosacral massages. During appointments, he helps relieve clients' stress and dispenses advice on living a more relaxed and healthy lifestyle.
Karen Glass restores clarity to foggy muscle windows in the comfort of her historic downtown Ventura studio. Drawing on more than 10 years of experience, Karen can promote relaxation with Swedish strokes on her heated massage table or access lower-layer muscles with deep tissue techniques and by releasing trigger points. Clients are also free to request relaxing add-ons such as warm towels, hot stones, or a nuzzle ambush from an army of adorable puppies.
Like its name, Chiropuncture, Inc. is a hybrid. Only the two distinct things the center combines aren't acupuncture and chiropractic?those practices often go hand-in-hand?but rather a holistic medical clinic and a traditional spa. The former is the domain of Doctor of Chiropractic Danny Lai, who has been running a chiropractic clinic since 1997, and has been a licensed acupuncturist since 2005. Dr. Lai sees each chiropractic patient personally, adapting his treatment regimen to the patient's specific maladies, be they arthritis and migraines or ADHD, anxiety, and insomnia. He speaks English, Vietnamese, and Spanish, so communicating with him is easier than talking to a fern that only knows Swahili.
The second side of the center, the spa, has some reassuring credentials of its own. It uses the popular Dermalogica line of products in its skincare services, which include a Power Regeneration treatment for mature skin and a revitalizing eye rescue that erases the dark circles that appear under eyes when you haven't had enough rest or have fallen for the old "inky kaleidoscope" trick again. The rest of the menu is a grab bag of waxing services, massages, and synthetic-lash and makeup applications.
Chiropractor Dave Lemons and his staff at Chiropractic Wellness Center believe there's more to health care than squashing symptoms as they appear. They believe these symptoms should be traced back to their roots and dealt with there, so they don't transform into recurring ailments. Their chiropractic treatments take a natural and systemic approach to healing that's based on the idea that the body can heal itself when given the chance. Gentle adjustments take the place of drugs and medicine by putting the body in a position where it can effectively heal everything from joint pain to headaches.