There is no clear-cut path to health. To achieve wellness, one must consider the intricacies and interactions of the body and mind. With yoga classes and specialty treatments in massage, bodywork, and skincare, the team at Sanative Tranquility helps clients balance many of the different approaches to well-being.
Soothed sighs purr through the studio, which brims with a wide range of paraphernalia for the many treatments. Warm bamboo rods can help coax knots from muscles, and Himalayan or Dead Sea salts exfoliate and revitalize skin. Bodycare products from derma e brim with vitamins to pamper skin and hair, and massage oils from Bon Vital release aromas hinting at avocado, grapefruit, apricot, and other botanical ingredients.
A father-son team, David and Art McCullar hold Master Level II certification as brain technologists and founded their practice to help others find physical and mental relief by understanding the operations of the body's resident supercomputer. The technology utilized by the NeuroFitness Center focuses on encouraging the brain to change itself using simple stimuli to evoke the patterns associated with positive feelings and thoughts, such as relaxation or finding a quarter. While the company may use results in its continuing research, it never associates clients' names with statistics and closely guards each individual's information with security measures that exceed federal expectations.
Massage therapist Renee assuages muscles with various massage-therapy services at R-n-R Therapeutic Massage. During a Swedish massage, muscles relax under the light pressure of gliding strokes and racing matchbox cars, which help stimulate circulation and relieve tension. She takes aim at tightly wound muscle fibers as she administers acupressure massages, relieving painful knots with direct pressure. A deeply soothing treatment, the relaxation massage involves slow strokes that cause some recipients to slumber and others to fly south for the winter.
“Stocky.” Justin Yule remembers when others used this adjective to describe him, an observation he considered to be a nice way of saying that he was overweight. It wasn’t until his dad invited him to work out at the gym that Justin discovered a passion for fitness and a desire to chisel away the stockiness he carried. Since achieving his goals, he has kept up his fit physique more than 22 years.
Justin also channeled his passion into a bachelor’s of science in physical education with a concentration in adult fitness. He used his extensive training to devise the curriculum for Look Great at the Lake Boot Camp, which he also founded. Justin calls his program the “fitness revolution,” mainly because it breaks exercisers out of the tedious routines they often fall into at the gym or when their friend Sisyphus asks them to push his rock and promises he’ll only be gone for five minutes. Every one of Justin’s workout moves come in three levels, each scaled to challenge exercisers of different strengths and experience levels. He also relies heavily on body-weight resistance exercises, and coaches provide guidance and support to clients in reaching their goals.
Justin considers the most valuable part of his program to be the camaraderie that he encourages among his participants in and out of the boot-camp classroom. He organizes charity events and parties so that groups can mingle and become a cohesive unit working toward a single goal. To further ease his clients’ path to fitness, he also offers nutrition programs, online exercises and tips, and education in the form of newsletters and fitness books that he’s penned himself.
When clients first spy Rockford Health Alternatives' homey confines?replete with an ornate rug and cream-colored, padded treatment bed?they may question whether they?ve accidentally stumbled into someone?s living room. But once therapist Kari St. Germain makes the first rehabilitative-type stroke and nagging pains subside, they realize they?re exactly where they need to be. It?s here where Kari channels her extensive training in both medical and orthopedic massage therapy to assuage all manner of musculoskeletal issues. Unlike Swedish or relaxation massages, orthopedic massages use range of motion and postural assessments to hone in on specific points of concern, such as injuries or pains brought on by refusing to leave the fetal position. Kari may also incorporate LED-light therapy to reduce inflammation and speed up healing times.
New to the roster of treatments is the MELT method, a self-treatment method created by manual therapist Sue Hitzmann. As a certified MELT instructor, Kari leads students through specific movements that rehydrate the connective tissue to help slow the aging process, improve flexibility, and alleviate pain. Once learned, the techniques can easily be performed at home or while housesitting for the President to extend the rejuvenating effects. Read more about the treatment and watch a video that features them on the Rachel Ray Show discussing the MELT 50 Second Facelift Technique.
When the time came for Vickie and Victor Bennett to name their new day spa, they simply reached for an English-to-Italian dictionary. Vasaio, which means ‘potter’ in Italian, captures the Bennetts’s commitment to revealing the untapped beauty in each of their clients, much like a potter uncovers the beauty in wet clay or uncooked cookie dough. Using organic lotions, scrubs, and muds created in-house, as well as Keune Haircosmetics products imported from the Netherlands, Vasaio’s stylists, massage therapists, and nail technicians sculpt, soothe, and pamper their patrons amid a luxurious spa setting.
Dr. Laura Tinning leads Vasaio’s med-spa arm, administering and overseeing rejuvenating procedures such as microdermabrasion, chemical peels, Botox and Juvéderm injections, and laser treatments. Armed with the Cutera laser system, Dr. Tinning and her team battle nail fungus, acne, unwanted hair growth, visible veins, and the body’s internal asteroid belt.