Since 1956, Valley Mill Kayak School has trained countless kayakers, including the first kayaking recipients of Olympic medals, on the deep waters of the Potomac River. A former Olympian and four-time freestyle-kayaking world champion, Eric Jackson personally designs the school's lesson plans around modern whitewater-paddling techniques. Eric trains each of the school's American Canoe Association–certified instructors, who, in turn, dispense their knowledge to beginners and proficient paddlers alike.
Through a wealth of small classes, private lessons, and occasional clinics taught by Eric himself, pupils discover such skills as paddling and basic strokes, or attempting to work your kayak into rhythmic-gymnastics routines.
Seven days a week, the technicians at Ace Foot Spa bring balance back to bodies thrown off course by stress, injuries, and fatigue. The methods they use fit squarely in the category of Eastern alternative medicine. Sessions of reflexology, an ancient treatment based on the idea that pressure points on the feet are directly connected to specific areas across the body, helps increase clients' energy levels. Chinese acupressure relies on methods similar to those of reflexology, except the practitioner applies pressure to the body, not the feet. The purpose is to alleviate tension and unblock energy that has been trapped in the limbs or stalled in a traffic jam on its way back from a Bon Jovi concert in the spleen.
When one of the cofounders of Easy Balance Wellness Center and Spa was diagnosed with cancer in her 30s, her doctor put her on the most aggressive chemo and radiation therapies available. As her immune system fought the cancer, her body absorbed the side effects. A longtime friend recommended acupuncture to counteract the suffering; though she was initially skeptical of the holistic procedure, she agreed to give it a try. After just one appointment, she felt her senses awaken. Further treatments permanently changed the way she looked at health care, making her feel like a brand-new person and convincing her to share her discoveries with as many people as she could.
At Easy Balance Wellness Center and Spa, she does just that, combining venerated Eastern wisdom with professional spa products to deliver healing massages and rejuvenating facials. Within earth-toned treatment rooms draped with russet curtains, massage therapists ease muscle tension and redirect chi—the energy that regulates the body’s functions and suppresses its natural appetite for hangnails—with focused acupressure techniques. Thalgo facials employ marine botanicals, such as regenerative algae, to nourish and hydrate complexions.
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Relieving symptoms isn’t enough for the therapists at Nabacu Eastern Medicine. Instead, they strive to promote the sort of holistic wellbeing and balance that helps people live full and healthy lives. Founders and mother-daughter team Dr. Aifei Wang and Julia Zhou rely on ancient healing treatments as well as elements of modern medicine. By combining a variety of treatments including acupuncture, massage, cupping, herbal remedies, and nutritional guidance, they can help correct the energetic and hormonal imbalances that contribute to chronic pain, discomfort, or anxiety. These corrections bypass the symptoms entirely to address the underlying concerns instead, which gives the body a chance to exercise its natural ability to stave off illness and injury.
Music from local artists pulses through the air, and artwork from area paintsmiths decorates the wall, but it’s not a trendy gallery—it’s a chiropractic center. Proactive Chiropractic’s doctors, Joe Pollack and Ryan Mullen use elegant touches such as these to put their patients at ease before and while rendering modern chiropractic care to alleviate pain and discomfort. Their methods include everything from spinal adjustments and massage to corrective exercises that teach bodies how to balance and function properly while avoiding aggravation and injury.
As providers of holistic care, they also instruct on ideal nutritional habits and offer lifestyle advice, counseling clients on choices they can make to prevent health challenges. Through their well-rounded approach, which also includes spinal and posture screenings, they treat all forms of lower-back and neck pain, as well as sciatica and injuries such as whiplash incurred during car crashes. Dr. Mullen’s background as an athlete informs his particular empathy with patients dealing with sports injuries. Dr. Pollack, a Rockville native, takes the lead on infusing Proactive Chiropractic with the flavors of local culture—one of the reasons Terrapins crawl around the office, the other being that their sturdy backs, or “shells,” serve as something to which patients can aspire.