Ting-Hsia—or Tina, as her clients know her—may have been destined to practice traditional Chinese medicine. Both her mother and her father were practitioners, and they used TCM to treat Tina’s frequent illnesses when she was growing up. A weak immune system typically kept her down, but over the years, traditional Chinese medicine such as acupuncture, tui na massage, and herbal therapy gradually restored her health. This increased overall wellness may be due to traditional Chinese medicine’s ability to stimulate the body’s own self-healing properties, something she feels Western medicine currently can’t achieve.
Now a certified practitioner herself, Tina aims to escort bodies down their own paths of healing through a cadre of the same non-invasive, holistic techniques to which she was privy as a child. In order to tailor each treatment session to individual clients, each visitation starts with a consultation. After discussing the issue and answering questions such as “Will this hurt?” and “Can you make it hurt?”, she devises a treatment plan that integrates acupuncture, massage, and Chinese herbs she mixes on the premises.
Tonic Spa-tique's treatments are designed to restore health and vitality while enhancing beauty. The spa's experienced staff achieves such lofty heights via skincare such as facials, body wraps, and scrubs. The staff also specializes in brow and lash services including tinting, waxing, and extensions. And, so as not to leave a beauty stone unturned, the trained therapists and aestheticians offer massage, nail treatments, and makeup applications, as well.
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Lalli Care Clinic brings an expert staff of massage, acupuncture, neurofeedback training, craniosacral therapy, Feldenkrais, nutritional counseling, and pharmacy services together under one roof. Opened by Sukhi Lalli more than 15 years ago, the practice has grown from a pharmacy to a full clinic. As it grew, Lalli's crew hasn't let go of what originally set Sukhi apart as a pharmacist: a service-oriented approach that takes time to educate clients, encourages them to ask questions, and uses a team-based approach that ensures the staff stays ready should it be challenged to a game of kickball by a rival business. The clinic also offers many laser-assisted treatments such as spider vein and body hair removal and skin rejuvenation.
Since 1977, Paul Christopher, RMT has completed more than 20 marathons and has been an Ironman triathlete twice. Naturally, he's had his fair share of sore muscles, and he draws on this personal experience while treating clients in his massage practice. After studying at Okanagan Valley College of Massage Therapy, he became a registered massage therapist in 1997. In addition to soothing athletes with sports and deep-tissue massage, he promotes relaxation by using Swedish techniques.
Signature Service: Therapeutic/Deep-Tissue Massage
Brands Used: Organic oils and lotions locally crafted by herbalists
Handicap Accessible: No
Staff Size: One person
Parking: Free street parking
Minimum Age Requirement: 18
Pro Tip: Hydration is key 24 hours before and after your massage! Happy to suggest exercises for after-care!
When Frida Emalange opened her first salon in 2001, she recognized the need for a salon in the area that would cater to clients with all types of hair. Now, with her dream salons, Zorganics Health & Beauty, she continues this mission, along with using and selling a line of natural, organic products. Drawing inspiration from Zora—the name of Frida’s daughter, as well as a word meaning “dawn” or “rising sun”—the stylists work to make each client’s hair and skin look and feel as lovely as the sunrise. Along with hair care that includes couture haircuts, Keratin treatments, cornrows, and full weaves, the staff members pamper nails and skin with organic spa treatments. They also bundle their services into pampering packages that may include candle lit massage, which is what George Washington called it when he cleaned his musket.