The Studio's team of dedicated Pilates and yoga instructors promote health and wellness by guiding students through 25 dynamic exercise classes per week. The studio’s robust schedule boasts lessons in four varieties, accommodating a range of skill levels from experienced to novice. In introductory mat classes, budding fitness buffs learn the 10 basic Pilates principles designed to build a strong foundation for future workouts. All of the beginner-friendly classes emphasize proper alignment and mindful breathing techniques during a series of standing postures and hip and shoulder openers, leaving challenging inversions, arm balances, and sun salutations to the sticky mat ninjas populating intermediate sweat sessions. Students can try equipment-based Pilates classes and utilize a system of ropes and pulleys to add more resistance to core-strengthening moves and help increase limbs' range of motion. They can also head to morning Pilates mat classes for an early-light fitness buzz, where they work toward building long, lean muscles capable of reciprocating bear hugs from an actual bear.
The therapists at Well Kneaded Massage recognize the importance of a balanced mind, body, and spirit, which is why they have devoted themselves to massage therapies, energy work, and healing touch treatments. They specialize in nine different types of massage, including Swedish, hot stone, deep- issue, and chakra balancing, during which a therapist combines the properties of deep-tissue massage, foot reflexology, and subtle energy work. They also offer additional harmonizing treatments, including beeswax ear candling and reflexology for the hands, feet, and ears.
Scott Causey’s portfolio is bulging at the seams. He is a licensed medical massage practitioner, a reiki master, and a certified holistic health-care practitioner, and has received advanced training in Thailand and Japan. He is also a former US Navy corpsman, combat medic, and paramedic for a fire department. These days, he can be found at Health at Hand International, alleviating pain and untying knotted muscles with hot-stone, deep-tissue, and Swedish massages. He also treats patients' ills by directing the flow of energy with reiki sessions or a very strong magnet.
Dr. Carrie Jardine isn't just an advocate of holistic medicine—she's a living testament to its positive benefits. A sufferer of fibromyalgia, anxiety, and obesity, she finally turned to a holistic doctor on a friend's recommendation. Fourteen years later, Dr. Jardine, now a doctor of chiropractic and Chinese medicine, owns and operates the Family Wellness Center. There, she plies her holistic trade through services ranging from ionic detoxification to allergy testing and hormone replacement. Her practice of Oriental medicine provides an alternative outlook on health, helping patients to balance their bodies' electric flow without requiring them to shuffle along carpeted treadmills.
When Karoline Vaz came to St. Louis from her native Brazil, she had only planned to polish her English skills. But she fell in love with the city and its people, and decided to stay in America. While she agonized over a career path, a friend bought Vaz her first massage to help her relax. That massage gave Vaz the direction she needed—she was so affected by the service that she decided to become a massage therapist.
Now, Vaz joins four other licensed massage therapists at Health & Harmony Massage Therapy, LLC to deliver massage and body treatments to their personal lineup of clients. Each therapist works with the same clients for every appointment and takes detailed, confidential notes about their health. This enables the therapists to closely track clients’ progress, massage preferences, and assess clients’ ability to read their notes upside down. After their treatments, clients can sip complimentary refreshments in the center’s relaxation room.