Born in a small village in the mountains of Thailand, Tanatnan Chaipang struggled through a series of health difficulties that stemmed from a life-threatening illness, a congenital foot disorder, and multiple car accidents. Fortunately, her grandmother was the town healer and midwife, helping Tanatnan manage her pain, as well as steer her toward a healthy lifestyle. Through this work with her grandma, she saw the benefits of massage first hand, spurring her toward an eventual career where she’d be able to pass these benefits on to others. After becoming certified as a massage therapist in Madison and honing her skills in her native Thailand, Tanatnan finally realized her goal and opened Sha-Ba Wellness & Spa.
Today, she works with a staff to perform bodywork that not only relaxes patients, but also helps them heal and hopefully find relief from any lingering pains. They combine elements of Eastern techniques, such as Thai massage and Chinese tui-na, with Western modalities that include sports and Swedish massage. They also provide chair massage, foot reflexology, and ion footbaths, which work to cast out harmful toxins and absorbed sock lint.
The practitioners at East West Massage and Wellness Spa don't just embrace holistic wellness therapies such as acupuncture, Chinese tui na massage, yoga-style stretching, and herbal medicine––they offer them on a nonprofit basis. By doing so, everyone in the community can gain access to better health, regardless of the balance in their magic-bean account. There are three certified acupuncturists on staff as well as more than a dozen bodywork therapists, and together they draft treatment plans tailored to each patient in order to address the root causes of ailments.
When Jennifer Martinez created the A'staisora Holistic Wellness Studio, she wanted to create a business that held beauty and well-being in equal esteem. In doing so, she created a menu of treatments for men and women that tackle everything from expanding range of motion to relieving emotional stress. Her facial and body treatments call upon A'staisrora Savon & Spa products, which use petroleum-free ingredients from sustainable farms or that are organically grown or harvested wild.
For more than seven years, Hair Affair Salon stylist Lucinda Buck has been transforming hairstyles from root to tip. She draws on extensive training in Redken color, color correction, and a slew of other techniques to infuse tresses with vibrant, flattering hues. For special occasions, she also sculpts hair into dramatic silhouettes.
Open since the 1950s, B & B Park Bowl?the oldest bowling center in Loves Park?proves that some things stand the test of time. Owner-operator Butch Olson, a veteran bowler, has also played here for years, and he strives to make the alley a family-friendly destination. To that end, the eight Brunswick Anvil lanes boast 12-strike auto scoring systems, bumpers for the little ones, and rental shoes that start at toddler size 9. On the weekends, the lights dip low for glow-in-the-dark bowling. The onsite bar serves drinks as well as hot sandwiches and, on Friday nights, hearty dinner entrees.
Licensed massage therapist and certified reflexologist Sharon Tatum has mastered a wide variety of kneads, from hot stone massages to myofascial release sessions. However, she's just as comfortable in holistic territory, balancing chakras and practicing reiki?a hands-on healing technique that promotes blood flow and relaxation without the vigor of massage.