Element 5 Om’s owner and licensed acupuncturist Sheri Davidson focuses on making disparate parts work together as a whole. Sheri began her traditional Chinese medical studies in 2000, cultivating a passion for Japanese architecture and martial-arts along the way. Through her studies, Davidson has learned extensively in the fields of Acupuncture, moxibustion training, Chinese herbology, Tai Chi, and Qigong.
Eastern medicine emphasizes a theory of interconnectedness. For example, the lungs affect the kidneys, which in turn affect the heart. To this end, the clinic’s range of services works to bring clients’ bodies into balance, without standard medications or excessive seesaws. Acupuncture guides the body’s energy flow into more healthful patterns by inserting fine needles into certain meridian points on the body. This is believed to stimulate the flow of energy and can treat a variety of chronic medical conditions, along with decreasing chronic pain. During cupping treatments, gentle suction coaxes tight muscles into releasing tension and toxins, whereas one-on-one health-coaching sessions help clients learn to live a life that fosters wellness.
Growing up, Steve Kuhnau couldn’t enjoy ice-cream sundaes and peanut-butter sandwiches because of his food allergies. In a quest for a healthy alternative, Kuhnau began mixing fresh fruits and nondairy proteins, innovating an entirely new concoction—the smoothie. He and his wife began selling blended treats out of their vitamin shop in 1973, and in the decades since, hundreds of Smoothie King franchises have opened across the country.
These days, the menu brims with more than 80 smoothie flavors, which range from Slim-N-Trim Chocolate to Banana Berry Treat. Low-cal, high-protein, and vitamin-fortified varieties accommodate dietary needs and can be customized with enhancers such as probiotics and antioxidants. Dee Bailey, the former grade-school teacher who owns the Costco Center location, packs her shop with protein bars and nutritional supplements and dispenses gold stars to well-behaved patrons.
Though Casie Caldwell loved posh restaurant salads, she couldn’t afford to eat them on a regular basis. And casual salad bars, though inexpensive, were too often stocked with limp iceberg lettuce and tasteless tomatoes. Frustrated by this state of affairs, Casie quit her corporate job and opened Greenz, where she filled reasonably priced salads with gourmet ingredients such as brie, portobello mushrooms, and daikon. Her hard work quickly paid off; Greenz’s tasty, healthy food drew a wealth of media attention from the likes of WFAA’s Good Morning Texas, the Dallas Observer, the Dallas Business Journal, and Examiner.com. Soon, Casie was launching additional Greenz locations across the state.
Although their menus vary slightly, each of these spots draws diners in with fresh ingredients in creative combinations. Goat cheese and crumbled bacon rest on foundations of mesclun greens, baby spinach, and chopped romaine. Hawaiian influences come out in a salad topped with pineapple and seared ahi tuna, and Asian flavors yield a medley of panko-breaded shrimp, daikon, and wasabi peas. Diners can also design their own salads or transform them into wraps that, like babies born during a blanket shortage, are snugly swaddled in tortillas. The menu also extends to meatier options, such as a barbecued-pork sandwich or the turkey-chili soup featured on CBS DFW’s list of the Best Bread Bowls in DFW.
Austin Spine & Therapy's main focus is to help clients overcome chronic pains and begin living healthier and more fulfilling lives. It's a tall order, so the team specializes in using personalized combinations of chiropractic care, physiotherapy, and therapeutic massage.
The center's chiropractors focus on structural alignment in particular, seeking out the wayward vertebrae or joints that run roughshod over mobility and hamper the healing process. With the help of x-rays, MRIs, and other diagnostic tools, the team treats symptoms as well as underlying causes. Interferential current therapy, for example, delivers tiny electrical impulses to the tissues surrounding sprains or muscle spasms to trigger the release of endorphins to get rid of pain. In addition to subtly massaging muscles, tendons, and ligaments, therapeutic ultrasounds can also help by decreasing swelling and simultaneously increasing circulation to pain-stricken areas.
But it's not all futuristic tech. Licensed massage therapist, Celest Siebenaler, works from a roster of modalities to customize sessions. She can oust chronic pain with deep tissue massage, ease the joint stress experienced by pregnant women with pre-natal therapy, and melt icy hearts with hot-stone sessions.
After reclining across the massage table for more than 30 years as a client, Angela Lopez realized the difference a quality massage therapist could make. So, she embarked on the journey of opening her own spa by hiring the best therapists she could find. Angela and her team of ?angels? at An Angel?s Touch Therapeutic Massage were voted in the top three for Best Massage in the DFW metroplex in 2010 and 2011, and tops in Fort Worth, according to CityVoter. Within their relaxation oasis, the team dissipates stress and assuages muscle aches with massage treatments that range from long, fluid Swedish strokes to deep-tissue kneads, and they take relaxation a step further with indulgent add-ons such as aromatherapy.
Three charming rooms set the scene for massages at An Angel's Touch, and each one is infiltrated by the soothing scent of a soy candle and calming music. In the tradition-inspired room, crisp white walls wrap around a heated massage table draped with a soft blanket, and a second room takes on an Asian motif, complete with garden-green hues and natural-wood accents. The European-influenced room assumes a regal stance, with deep-purple textiles draping over the massage table and the windows. After their treatments, clients can slowly work their way back into real life with a bite of complimentary chocolate.
Con’s Organic Spa owner Con Ciecko isn't just an expert in the beauty industry. She's also a reiki master and a medical tattoo technician. These specialties, along with her education and training at Michigan and California institutes, have prepared her to execute services that both beautify and relax her clients. Besides kneading muscles with several massage modalities, she cleanses skin with organic facials, bronzes limbs with airbrush tanning, and administers makeup applications for weddings or black-tie viewings of TV weddings. Joined by a skilled staff that includes her daughter Kiya, a massage therapist and nail technician, Ciecko infuses her new spa confines with a welcoming and personable vibe as she helps her clients develop their own signature looks.