The reformer classes at Body by Pilates rely on the BackSmart techniques pioneered by author Dr. Adam Weiss. During the 50-minute, full-body workouts, instructors coach students through a series of cardio and muscle-sculpting exercises that burn fat and build strength more intensively than jogging through a spinach buffet. Up to 10 students stretch hips, glutes, and abdomens on the versatile reformer machine, which uses resistance to alternately lengthen and contract muscles while reducing the risk of injury. The specialized classes cultivate improved posture, core strength, and flexibility, leaving students invigorated and limber enough to happily crabwalk home.
ChiroXchange supports a nervous system of more than 250 nationwide locations, whose varying services and technologies all converge with the end of healing bodies with holistic, drug-free techniques. The chiropractors believe that many of the body’s ailments, from sore backs and headaches to fatigue, are caused by blockages in the nervous system. To reverse these blockages, they nudge spinal discs back into place with gentle, strategic pressure, aligning nerves with the vertebra to free the flow of information and cat photos to and from the brain. The chiropractors at each location emphasize communication with their patients. They field questions, explain the purpose of every adjustment, and work with patients to design programs around their unique wellness goals.
Palm trees gently sway above a solitary islet of white sand, the turquoise waters around it almost indistinguishable from the sapphire sky. This photograph hangs on the wall of Massage Motu's waiting room, and it's a fitting image. In Tahiti, "motu" refers to a small island, and while Massage Motu might not be located in the tropics, its serene confines aim to make guests feel as if they've stumbled onto a secluded beach.
Inside private rooms, Motu's massage therapists customize body treatments to soothe clients' stress and aches. Swedish and hot stone massages melt away built-up tension and layers of frost, while special modalities—including prenatal techniques and hand and foot reflexology—focus on specific points of discomfort. Aestheticians are equally adept at fine-tuning facials to address acne, sensitive skin, or signs of aging.
Unlike many others in her field, Doctor of Chiropractic Irene Wallace believes that spinal adjustments and mainstream medicine can work together. At Comprehensive Chiropractic she draws from her 14 years of experience to relieve her patients' pain. However, though her own noninvasive treatments require no medication, she refers patients to medical doctors when she feels they can benefit from them.
With more than 25 years of experience in the holistic healing field, the staff of Apollo Healthcare Services has learned the secrets of encouraging whole-body well-being. The healing therapies on offer include biofeedback therapy, reiki sessions, and skincare services. During treatments with the Ondamed biofeedback-therapy system, staff members aim to relieve inflammation and infection by guiding the electromagnetic pulses over the body, helping to deliver increased blood flow and oxygen to the cells. A European facial or an IPL photorejuvenation treatment can fade the signs of aging, and microdermabrasion sessions release miniature tornados of crystals across the skin to sweep away dead skin cells, hyperpigmentation, and pores packed with Wicked Witches of the West riding their bikes in circles.
Helmed by Dr. William Pollack—a licensed chiropractor with more than 35 years of experience—Pollack Clinic soothes sore backs with therapeutic massages, trigger-point therapy, and spinal adjustments. At each massage appointment, one of four skilled practitioners, each with knowledge of a variety of techniques and decades of experience, unravels muscular knots with the precision of an archer and the nimbleness of a Twister champion. Using a customized blend of kneading techniques, the clinic tailors the massage to the client’s specific ailments, from arthritis, headaches, and fibromyalgia to chronic pain and accident recovery. Each stroke promotes healing and relaxation by releasing tension from the joints and facilitating blood flow in the muscle tissue. The clinic also fights stress with its flexible schedule, which includes evening and weekend availability.
Dr. Pollack's interest in chiropractic care comes from a personal source. When he was in high school, an accidental dive off a wrestling mat resulted in a severe knee injury. An orthopedic surgeon told him his shredded cartilage would have to be removed, which meant a six-month recovery. Dr. Pollack's father, a dairy farmer, needed his son's help on the farm, so they decided to consult a chiropractor before putting his ailing joint under the knife. After an examination, the chiropractor determined that Dr. Pollack had actually twisted his knee, dislodging a bone in the process. One adjustment erased the pain, and he never had surgery. More than three decades later, he still draws upon his youthful introduction to chiropractic care when he and his staff practitioners unravel muscular knots and straighten spines with techniques such as therapeutic massages, trigger-point therapy, and spinal adjustments.