As a young athlete, Adrienne Ramsey led a healthy lifestyle by competing on cheerleading and track teams. She went on to earn a bachelor's degree in health education and a master's in healthcare administration. With this resumé, she could have easily landed a cushy desk job but instead took her passion for health to the streets by earning her massage license. Today, this member of the Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals mends muscle tension with a roster of modalities. Beyond staples such as deep-tissue and Swedish massage, she also employs trigger-point therapy to unravel tense knots and reflexology to target pressure points in the feet, a practice said to ease pain in other areas of the body and ensure feet haven't been replaced with squeaky toys.
At their five offices across Columbus, Inner Health Chiropractic's doctors take a preventive approach to wellness, eschewing conventional methods that only tackle problems after they've developed. Instead, the practitioners focus on developing a comprehensive wellness plan for each client with the goal of preventing, not merely treating, illness and pain. Encompassing lifestyle, nutrition, and exercise, treatments run the gamut from spinal adjustment and physiotherapy to food counseling and personalized pinky-toe massage.
At Massage on Kenwick, licensed massage therapist Richard Schwitzerlett digs into muscles with the help of natural oils to root out pockets of tension. He customizes therapeutic massages for each client, focusing on a single area or ranging across the entire body with long, rolling pressures. Rossiter techniques apply weights and guided stretches to limbs to break up connective tissue. Hot-stone massages glide heated river rocks over the body, leaving clients in a state of relaxation not experienced since their one-hour handshake with James Taylor.
The doctors at Premier Chiropractic Centers circumvent the potential hazards of surgery and medications with non-invasive chiropractic techniques. Each doctor is an expert in the back and neck and tracks down subluxations in the spine that can cause pain or numbness virtually anywhere in the body. With a combination of massages, gentle adjustments, and physical therapy, the doctors nudge slipped discs into healthier positions. Aside from hands-on treatments, the doctors also dole out nutritional advice and outfit feet with custom orthotics designed to promote straighter posture.
At Walker Dermatology Center, Dr. Earl A. Walker works with a licensed aesthetician to address skin concerns with clinical expertise. He provides injections of wrinkle-smoothing substances such as Botox, Juvederm, and Restylane as well as laser treatments to remove tattoos of yesterday's grocery list. A nurse practitioner provides laser treatments for the removal of unwanted hair.
In addition, their aesthetician uses medical-grade skin-care products to clarify and tone complexions during facials and chemical peels. Her services don’t end with application of products, however: she also takes the time to talk to her clients about healthy skincare habits, prioritizing simple strategies for clear skin over training a flock of bluebirds to apply your morning moisturizer.
Chazon Grand's spacious salon houses a standing army of licensed aestheticians and keeps them in fighting form with routine training from in-house staff and product vendors. The custom facial kicks off with a complimentary consultation, as epidermal psychologists determine skin's individual needs and try to analyze its dreams about cashmere balaclavas. A customized skin steam-cleaning unpollutes pores, setting the stage for a gentle exfoliation that scatters dead and dull skin cells to the wind. Finally, the facial mask seals the skin-tightening deal, and a neck and shoulder massage keep head-holders from staging a jealous walkout. The beige and brown earth-toned décor and potted palm trees create a warm, comfortable atmosphere at Chazon Grand Salon. Metallic highlights add a hint of modernity, and the asymmetrical mirrors double as an ingenious vampire detection system.
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