George Teramoto’s father, a carpenter, would often come home from work with aches and pains. As a kid, George would walk on his father’s back to relieve the tension; as an adult, he explored back rubs and other techniques. What began as a father-son bonding ritual eventually transformed into a career. Now a licensed massage practitioner with more than 13 years of experience, George heads his own studio, Southcenter Massage, which employs both male and female massage therapists.
With a two-pronged focus on healing and relaxation, he kneads physiques with a choice of six styles. He can relax his clients with soothing Swedish strokes or address chronic pains at their root with the more intense pressure of deep-tissue massage. During shiatsu massages, he uses his hands and elbows to balance clients’ energy flow. His foot reflexology sessions, meanwhile, use foot manipulation to resolve diverse problems, from achy backs to ugly shoes.
For Dr. Philip Kogler, chronic back pain has been transformative. Not only did it transform his spine—his malady became so severe that doctors had to fuse two of his vertebrae—it also transformed his career. Originally a dentist, he became a chiropractor to help others effectively manage their back pain.
Nowadays, Dr. Kogler’s Gonstead-style adjustments alleviate ailments such as back pain and headaches. To complement his chiropractic treatments, he prescribes corrective exercises that his clients can perform at home, as well as nutrition and lifestyle advice, such as never to drink and eat in the same millisecond. His associate, massage therapist David Studer, kneads clients’ backs in order to improve circulation and minimizing swelling.
Philip Faler is a naturopathic doctor because he likes people. He enjoys spending time with his patients, and he enjoys helping them feel their best with holistic approaches to health care. His approach has always been one of integrative or "whole-person" medicine. After spending six years as a family clinician, he shifted his focus to anti-aging therapies. Today, at Wholey Healing, Dr. Faler and his staff use hormone-replacement therapy, naturopathy, and bodywork techniques such as reiki to restore the spring back into patients' steps.
The staff at Dynamic Chiropractic Clinic believe that, because it's the body's communication center, the spine’s condition can affect the health of the entire body. During treatment sessions, chiropractors correct the alignment of vertebrae with up-to-date techniques—such as motion palpitation, which detects dysfunctional joints, and active release, which treats overused muscles with motion techniques—that are gentler than past methods and more effective than propping patients up with puppet strings. Other corrective techniques, such as exercises and massage therapy, retrain the muscles to support correct alignment. The clinic specializes in rehabilitating clients with injuries from accidents and other traumas, though they can help patients of all ages and backgrounds maintain good spinal health.
Shari Courtier and Scott Carpenter run Three Tree Wellness Center, a place that is part spa, part classroom, and part bodywork-supplies store. The staff nurtures mind, body, and spirit with spa services such as massages, which can incorporate reiki energy work, and mud wraps, which draw toxins from the skin while equipping it to someday sprout an apple tree. Art-therapy classes put students in touch with their inner power animal, and continuing-education classes keep massage therapists abreast of body mechanics and best practices. The retail portion of the center, SNL Supplies, hawks wares such as essential oils, shower gels, and candles.