At Matrix Spa & Massage, a relaxing escape doesn't have to end once you leave the massage table. Helmed by Julieta Hernandez, a former reporter who moved to the United States to learn English but soon discovered her calling for massage therapy, she founded Matrix Spa & Massage in 2001, and has since received many accolades, including from the staff of Salt Lake City Weekly for "Best Magic Fingers" as well as from the government of Salt Lake City for sustainable environmental practices. When clients step inside the walls, the spa is immediately set apart from others by its meditation cave. Here, technicolor sconces illuminate plush recliners within the soothing space. Sessions in the meditation cave can be booked with or without any other service, ensuring anyone can stop by to find a quiet space to read or shout "Echo!"
Though the meditation cave sets the spa apart, the massages have won its loyal client base, who range from professional athletes to federal judges. Available massages include classic Swedish and deep-tissue sessions along with more specialized modalities, such as the expertise massage—a mix of 10 different techniques, including acupressure and Thai massage—and the four-hands massage. And, in addition to its signature muscle-soothing services, the spa also offers a private steam room, facials, and body scrubs.
Hawaii. A boy dives off a cliff into shallow water and loses his eyesight after impact. Over the next months, the boy undergoes acupuncture treatments with Dr. Maekawa. As the doctor arranges the needles that restore blood flow to the boy's injured areas, her apprentice, Regan Archibald, watches closely. When the boy's eyes fill with vision again, Archibald understands the power of Chinese medicine to heal the body.
In 2004, Regan Archibald opened East West Health in Salt Lake City. He draws together complementary aspects of Eastern and Western medicine with the help of a medical doctor and nurse practitioner on staff. Together, they use acupuncture, clinical testing, and nutrition programs to treat disparate ailments, from anxiety and allergies to tennis elbow and whack-a-mole shoulder. According to Archibald, many patients are surprised to learn that acupuncture and ancient herbal medicine can also remedy gastrointestinal disorders, such as chronic diverticulitis.
Three times a year, Regan Archibald leaves the bamboo plants and earth tones of his clinic to return to Hawaii on a raft made of needles and mugwort. On the same island where he watched Dr. Maekawa restore a boy's eyesight, he broadens his knowledge of Chinese medicine and hones his skills in acupuncture modalities such as seitai shinpo. Archibald is one of only 13 certified practitioners of seitai shinpo, a method centered on the spine and its network of nerves.
Alpine Spinal Rehab’s Dr. Jerry Clark studied at the University of Florida Medical School in spinal rehabilitation and is a fellow in applied spinal biomechanical engineering. This explains his reliance on the use of ultramodern diagnostic technology, such as spinal x-ray imaging, to target and treat chronic pains. Once he pinpoints the source, he may prescribe traditional chiropractic care, massage therapy, or physical therapy.
When clients book a massage with Laretta Tompkins, they can rest assured knowing they're in good hands. Not only is Laretta a licensed massage therapist and member of the Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals organization, she has also taken numerous continuing education courses to expand her knowledge of specific techniques such as trigger point therapy, and earned certification in cupping therapy along the way. Depending on her clients' needs, she coaxes away knots with light Swedish-style techniques or more pressurized strokes??deep tissue sessions are ideal for those with chronic pain, while hot stone massage uses heat to penetrate deeper muscle layers and melt tension until it evaporates in a showy puff of steam.
Dr. Blake Butler works to bring body, mind, and spirit in harmony through traditional Chinese medicine. He frequently treats chronic pain, fatigue, allergies, vertigo, knee problems, headaches, and carpal tunnel syndrome. In addition to acupuncture treatments, Dr. Butler incorporates chiropractic adjustments and nutritional counseling into his treatment plans.
At a young age, Doctor of Chiropractic Spencer Erickson knew he wanted to work in the healthcare field—but he didn't want to be stuck behind a desk writing prescriptions, he wanted to personally connect with his patients. This desire eventually led him to pursue a career in chiropractic medicine. Now at Timpview Chiropractic, his personable demeanor and talents in spinal care help keep patients standing tall and free of pain.
The spinal column houses vital nerves that, when pinched or picked on by bullying vertebrae, can cause discomfort, pain, or physical illness. Dr. Erickson banishes such symptoms with treatments that realign crooked parts, reverse whiplash damage, and keep kiddies' burgeoning backbones healthy and on the right track. Additionally, a licensed massage therapist is on hand to help alleviate aches, pain, and stress with a variety of massage techniques.