Ever since he entered private practice more than 30 years ago, Dr. Gojko Stula has remained dedicated to preventing—and not merely treating—illnesses with a combination of preventive medicine and traditional procedures. By examining the way maladies stemming from diet and exercise are processed by the body and mind, Dr. Stula pinpoints the root causes of each ailment before administering treatment. His stock of nutritional supplements aims to slow the aging process when combined with a balanced, organic diet, while the LifeSteps-endorsed ChronoNutrition diet assigns specific foods to be consumed at specific periods throughout the day that correspond to the order in which the body naturally breaks them down. Meanwhile, bio-identical hormones correct hormonal imbalances in men and women, while unwanted body hairs are eradicated with laser technology instead of getting too close to the pole during a round of fire limbo.
Smooth basalt stones steep in warmth. Aromatherapy oils blend slowly into massage lotions. The massage therapist at Quality Time works busily to prepare for each client. During sessions, she increases circulation to sore muscles with the soft kneads and soothing strokes of Swedish massage techniques. Amid thin curtains of steam, she also heats paraffin wax to a comfortable 125 degrees, warm enough to ease tension and soothe skin, but still more comfortable than being fed hot fondue by The Three Stooges.
Warm facial towels, aromatherapy oils, and heat therapy are a few of the supplemental services the therapists at VidaTherapy Massage Center use to relax clients. They stir these add-ons into an array of Swedish, deep-tissue, and sports massages to further pamper clients. After a massage, clients' blood circulates better, sleep comes easier, their headaches can vanish, and the digital self-destruct timer on their back stops counting down.
Salt from the Dead Sea is applied to the skin, sloughing off dead cells to reveal the younger, fresher layers below. At Teva Wellness Spa, its commonplace for services to include luxurious items such as salt from the Dead Sea or Sacred Earth mud. Aestheticians and massage therapists perform a variety of services within the luxurious spa, including massages and manicures. In addition to pampering treatments, guests can take an active role in their well being through yoga and Pilates classes, as well as long soaks or impromptu swimming races in the health center's whirlpool.
Muscle knots. Chronic aches. Deep-seated reservoirs of stress and anxiety. These and other ailments bring clients to Elements Therapeutic Massage, where they find relief courtesy of professional therapists who customize their treatments to match individual needs. The studio’s unique, level-based system gives clients an idea of what to expect during the session; they can request a low level for a gentler experience or opt for a higher level to eliminate any soreness remaining from the previous day’s jousting tournament. Each massage therapist has his or her own specialties, and treatments may draw on relaxing Swedish and hot-stone techniques or firmer deep-tissue and trigger-point strokes.
If there's one thing Danielle Szymanski and her husband Dale have in common, it's a love of helping people. Danielle found an outlet for that love early on, when she got her cosmetology license after attending separate schools for hair and nails to reap the best education possible, worked backstage at a number of hair shows, and eventually opened Splash Hair Design & Spa in 2006. Dale took a little longer. As only a significant other could, Danielle knew that Dale had a real gift for massage, and repeatedly tried to convince him to attend school to hone his talent. After four years, he finally relented and registered for the Wisconsin School of Massage Therapy, where he earned the nickname Magic Hands, graduated, and soon began performing tension-melting massages for clients at Splash.
At their stylish salon and spa, Danielle and Dale oversee a team of independent contractors with a minimum of five years of experience apiece as they beautify, pamper, and soothe each client that walks through the door. On the sun-drenched stylists' floor decked in flowing window treatments and a hand-painted mural, clients kick back in cushy black chairs as hairdressers enhance locks with flattering cuts, vibrant color, transformative texture treatments, and formal styles for weddings and teddy-bear weddings. A cluster of tranquil treatment rooms beckon guests in for pore-purifying facials, waxing services, and of course, Dale's legendary massage treatments, which one client attests are enough to make her drool.