Within Urban Oasis Yoga & Wellness's integrated health-care center resides a brigade of holistic healers, including naturopathic doctors, massage therapists, clinical psychologists, and 12 certified yoga instructors, who work together to help patrons reach mental and physical wellness. Designed with natural elements in mind—stone, wood, metal, fire, water, and heart—the center strives to meet each guest's physical and emotional needs with services that include acupuncture, Chinese herbology, and integrative mind-body therapy. The connection between the mind and body can be further cultivated in one of Urban Oasis' daily yoga classes, ranging from the very physically vigorous power Vinyasa style to more therapeutic traditions well-suited for beginners or practitioners with especially stiff muscles or temporarily blind third eyes.
The experienced staff at WellnessOne of Eastgate eases tension and corrects misaligned spines in a relaxing, patient-focused setting. During a one-hour massage, muscle manipulators bring skilled fingers to bear on downtrodden tissue. Massagees can choose from options including prenatal, deep-tissue, lymphatic, and hot-stone massage (hot-stone massages must be scheduled in advance), helping them depart from the premises with muscular fibers singing as harmoniously as a barbershop quartet, instead of screeching like the lead singer in a Norwegian death-metal barbershop quartet.
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Given her cool expertise, one can be forgiven for thinking that Molly Peebles has owned and operated The Joyous Tulip Birth & Holistic Healing Service for decades. Her path as a therapist and doula actually began a mere 18 years ago, when her son was born. Having been guided through her pregnancy by a certified nurse-midwife, she felt compelled to give other women the same support system by becoming a doula.
Before long, Molly was studying at Bastyr University to become a certified birth doula and had graduated from several massage programs. She draws on all of her diverse skills at The Joyous Tulip, where her growing service menu includes pregnancy massage, postpartum massage, and other types of bodywork designed to ease the pains of carrying around a child for nine months or pushing a boulder uphill for eternity.
Upon earning a bachelor’s degree in computer science, Christopher Slycord feared he might feel unfulfilled working with machines and not people. So he made a hard left turn, first becoming a certified nursing assistant and then obtaining his certification in acupuncture. At his practice, he supplements his traditional acupuncture sessions with cupping and Chinese herb regimens, using individualized treatment plans to tackle ailments that range from anxiety and headaches to chronic arthritis and pants-fall-down-a-lot syndrome.
The staff at Dynamic Chiropractic Clinic believe that, because it's the body's communication center, the spine’s condition can affect the health of the entire body. During treatment sessions, chiropractors correct the alignment of vertebrae with up-to-date techniques—such as motion palpitation, which detects dysfunctional joints, and active release, which treats overused muscles with motion techniques—that are gentler than past methods and more effective than propping patients up with puppet strings. Other corrective techniques, such as exercises and massage therapy, retrain the muscles to support correct alignment. The clinic specializes in rehabilitating clients with injuries from accidents and other traumas, though they can help patients of all ages and backgrounds maintain good spinal health.
Gig Harbor Chiropractic & Massage is helmed by husband-and-wife doctor duo Greg and Keri Messer, two graduates of Western States Chiropractic College who set out together to annihilate pain one spine at a time. One of the doctors or their skilled staff members will begin your exam with a conversation about your back bothers and health habits. Next, you'll receive a complete chiropractic examination that tests your reflexes, flexibility, posture, and more, followed by a computerized spinal assessment to discover if any disks are bulging, shoulders are slumping, or vertebrae have forgotten the state capitals. If a bit of extra dorsal detective work is required, you'll receive up to two x-rays before the doctor reports his or her findings and recommendations for any necessary treatment.