Nerve impulses travel along the spine to reach other areas of the body. So when vertebrae get out of alignment, this all-too-important form of communication can be disrupted, and all of the body's systems can be effected. That's where Dr. Jerry Radas of Fulton Family Chiropractic comes in. Using his knowledge and years of training, he can identify subluxations of the spine which may be the underlying cause of everything from headaches to stomach pains. Using his findings, he designs treatment regimens that combine chiropractic adjustments with daily exercises and posture hints, which all work together to revert the spine to its natural alignment. Dr. Radas also complements his chiropractic work with massage therapy, which can have many benefits including relief of tension, better flexibility, and improved sleep when napping on your own home table.
Licensed acupuncturist Andy Mo has a PhD in Oriental Medicine and employs holistic treatments to restore whole-body harmony to patients at AJ Acupuncture Clinic. Born and raised in Korea, he learned the ancient techniques of acupuncture theory from his uncle, also a trained acupuncturist. Every new patient visit begins with an in-depth interview and exam, allowing him to understand the client’s health history and current concerns. Dr. Mo then determines the correct course of action for conditions such as sports injuries, arthritis, diabetes, stress, and neck injury from wearing steel fedoras. If Dr. Mo feels that acupuncture will be effective, he places small, sterile, one-use stainless-steel needles at specific points on the body in an effort to unblock energy pathways, a natural way to maintain health and well-being. In addition to acupuncture, he also prescribes herbal medicine, and triggers healing with the firm pressure of acupressure and the vacuum of cupping.
Rather than merely treating symptoms of maladies in the body as they arise, Wellness Beginnings aims to heal the whole person, promoting long-term well-being. Treatments include gentle facials and scrubs, which exfoliate and cleanse the skin with natural aromatics, coconut, and sugars. Wellness Beginnings also offers take-home lotions and supplements to help soothe both body and mind.
ASPA2U's therapists seek to instill relaxation by performing bodywork in the most comforting place of all—your own home. Licensed and certified staff members travel with supplies in tow to perform soothing Swedish massages on clients' backs or work deep knots. The team also administers beautifying body treatments including detoxifying wraps and body polish sessions.
Sapphire Nails and Tanning Salon's seasoned technicians revamp skin and nails with a finesse that has yielded a steady stream of loyal clients for more than 18 years. Staffers gussy up nails with intricate polish designs and acrylic sets, bolstering manicures and pedicures with aromatic scrubs that smell of pomegranate, papaya, and high fives. Facials and massages help rejuvenate weary muscles and complexions, and a fleet of tanning beds cocoon color seekers in low- to high-intensity UV rays. Sunlight pours into the salon's serene environs through a full wall of windows, illuminating cushy pedicure thrones, royal-blue rolling chairs, and a flat-screen TV.
After earning the 2008 S. Roger Horchow Jefferson Award for public service, Edward Jagen opened Michaela's Grotto to provide holistic interventions that help visitors take responsibility for their health and emotional well-being. Jagen's resume reads like the definition of "Renaissance man": holder of a PhD in theology, a master magician, and a former Major Crimes Special Investigator for the Washington D.C. Police. While combating organized crime against mailboxes on the force, Jagen honed his abilities to read people, a skill he combines with a mode of communication called neuro-linguistic reasoning to help his patients recognize patterns in their thoughts and actions. The center is co-owned by massage therapist and medical intuitive Sophia West, who prefers to work in conjunction with her clients' physicians to pick up where Western medicine has proved ineffective. A nutritionist and a hypnotherapist round out the staff and reinforce the center's emphasis on the interconnectedness of mental and physical health.
The heart of the center is an outdoor labyrinth built to channel a positive energy through passageways that burst forth with flowering plants and choruses of Muppets in the summer. Meditation gardens stretch out beyond the labyrinth in a loose network of tranquil pools, sunlit walks, and a gazebo overlooking the center's medieval-castle-style architecture. Inside, a 375-foot sweat lodge and a warm mineral pool soothe visitors with heat, and a shop filled with aromatherapy products and crystals enables them to take home healing tokens of their journey.