Licensed acupuncturist Sheila O'Brien founded Healing Point Acupuncture as a means of putting her knowledge of ancient Chinese medicine into practice. Though the needles she uses in her acupuncture treatments are finely pointed, her well-rounded background in Oriental medicine helps first-time clients feel more at ease.
With certifications in addiction therapy and craniosacral therapy, O'Brien hardly limits herself to acupuncture. She performs holistic treatments such as cupping and gua sha healing both at her office and in clients' homes as part of her mobile practice. She often combines these techniques to help her clients overcome physical and emotional ailments or unhealthy behaviors such as smoking, gambling, or crying loudly on commuter trains.
Angelina Kim of Serenity Wellness Spa is a woman with many talents. She is a licensed acupuncture professional, massage therapist, and aesthetician who treats clients with a menu of relaxing and wellness-inducing treatments. Angelina uses acupuncture to treat ailments such as headaches, depression, and severe pain. With an arsenal of nine different massage modalities, she can knead away tension and stress with Swedish, shiatsu, sports, and hot-stone massages. She also offers professional skincare treatments and waxing services to remove unwanted hair or shape the unsightly, inexplicable mustaches that grow above the eyes.
Shorewood Today magazine states "One of Wisconsin?s most prominent doctors of acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is now practicing right here in Shorewood." Dr. Xiping Zhou, MDOM asserts that his application of TCM is "beyond needles... beyond pain," as he once told the Isthmus in a lengthy profile about his practice. His approach to acupuncture transcends the boundaries of traditional therapies. Although many holistic practitioners eschew Western medicine, Dr. Zhou established his belief in its benefits, such as modern diagnosis technology used with traditional Eastern healing modalities.
Dr. Zhou now performs acupuncture in his own 6,500-square-foot facility, called Dr. Zhou's Acupuncture, Pain Management and Natural Wellness Clinic. Zhou draws from what he sees as the best elements from different healthcare philosophies to treat ailments such as chronic pain, infertility, and to encourage weight loss. In feng shui-inspired rooms, diagnostic equipment sits alongside maps of the body's chi. A staff of eight massage therapists, including three acupuncturists and two doctors of Chinese medicine, are on hand to help in all treatments.
Before you even get to Elevation Salon and Spa, you can figure out exactly which practitioner you should be working with. Just take a look at the staff's bios, which include not only their experience levels, but also their specialties. You can find a good match whether you're looking for a fresh new bob, a prenatal massage, or just a stylist with your favorite vowel in their name.
The service menu is just as diverse as the staff. In the salon, stylists use Redken and Bumble and bumble products during cut and color treatments, and nail technicians massage hands and feet with MoroccanOil bodycare products before coating nails with OPI and Shellac polishes. In the spa, massage therapists can treat tension with services that range from hot-stone massage to reiki. For their part, aestheticians set to work removing dirt and oil with custom facials and excess fuzz with waxing.
Across four floors in the same building, Capital Fitness promotes further wellness with 35,000 sq. ft. of weights, top-end cardio equipment, and more than 80 classes per week. Several varieties of yoga and pilates populate the schedule, as do TRX, spin, and zumba classes. After workouts, patrons can grab a protein drink from the juice bar or relax in the sauna.
Sacred Rhythms Wellness Center's eight highly trained staffers aim to diffuse ailments with a suite of holistic services, from traditional massage to pain-relieving acupuncture. In private treatment rooms with flickering candles, holistic healers conduct chakra assessments before realigning energy points with reiki or sound therapy. The ancient art of cupping encourages the body to release toxins, and an herbal body wrap cloaks the corpus in an elixir of 27 minerals and herbs that lures impurities and uninvited dinner guests out of the skin. Clients can also indulge in organic facials blended from fruits, vegetables, spices, minerals, and vitamins, and the center's own skincare line, Sacred Skin, is also formulated in-house using naturally sourced, organic ingredients. The center offers yoga, tai chi, and meditation classes.
Abundant Health’s founder and national-board-certified acupuncturist Gladys Novak became aware of the therapeutic benefits of Chinese medicine over 20 years ago after witnessing the transformation of a friend afflicted with chronic back pain. With a goal of healing others holistically, Gladys pursued a bachelor of nutrition and a master of science in oriental medicine from Midwest College of Oriental Medicine in Racine before opening her practice. Gladys’s ongoing education in Chinese medicine has allowed her to specialize in acupuncture, facial rejuvenation, hormonal balancing, herbal medicine, nutrition therapy, and ice-fishing on the local lakes in summer.