In 1976, Margaret Dunlap, who had been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, began working with riding instructor Debra Powell. Over time, Dunlap realized that horseback riding seemed to ameliorate the effects of the disease. She joined forces with Powell to form a therapeutic horseback-riding program in the community. Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center has come a long way since then, expanding from 5 to 250 riders, who participate in hippotherapy and adaptive-riding sessions each week.
Working with horses helps riders with disabilities gain muscle strength, prevent bone weakness, and improve balance and hand-eye coordination. Riding also offers a fun outdoor activity and an opportunity to socialize with other participants. Set on 4.5 acres of rural land, the Little Bit facility houses 19 program horses in a 20-stall barn. Horse and rider meet once a week to navigate nearby trails, providing people with physical, cognitive, and emotional disabilities a chance to exercise and bond with the animals.
A woman lies on a padded table, with bands connecting a profusion of colored wires from a computer to her skin. The scene inside one of Body Evo's treatment rooms could be taking place in a laboratory, if not for the dim lighting. And the fact that the subject is serenely reading a magazine. This is the Computerized Muscle Stimulation system, which sends signals into muscles that induce tiny contractions, thereby helping blood and lymph fluid circulate while toning the muscles themselves. Although the spa staff and licensed massage therapists at Body Evo also offer herbal body wraps and analog massages, most of the treatments are similarly high-tech. Vibrating pods emit infrared light in order to tighten and tone skin as clients recline in a cocoon-like infrared sauna, adapted from the natural world's butterfly vacation homes. Other treatments are as easy as breathing: both the NanoVi and Activated Air machines tweak ordinary oxygen and use it to rejuvenate tissues.
TLC Skin Care Clinic employs two women with extensive credentials. Stephanie Negrete, a registered nurse and licensed aesthetician, is a US Army veteran who served in intensive care units during her service. Danell Banks boasts more than a decade in the field of medical aesthetics, and specializes in chemical peels and dermaplaning. Accompanied by an onsite doctor, these two bring cutting-edge skincare treatments to the table. Stephanie uses Botox and dermal fillers to iron out wrinkles, and they both offer custom medical facials and peels to coax out color and detox pores. In addition, their office is equipped with advanced technology that allows them to perform nonsurgical galvanic and radio-frequency treatments that help clients retain their youthful looks.
Though Dr. Ansari worked in computer science and technology early in his career, he later trained in holistic medicine, homeopathy, and Chinese medicine. Today, the acupuncturist, oriental medicine practitioner, and physician combines his knowledge of botanical medicine and acupuncture to promote well-being at each of his Borjis Holistic Health Clinic locations in the greater Seattle area.
Dr. Ansari treats a range of conditions, including weight loss, stress, and chronic pain with Chinese herbs and acupuncture. He even uses an energy light rejuvenation facial, which restores youthful complexions more pleasingly than wearing a papier-m?ch? mask from third grade art class.
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.
Amai Day Spa’s staff specializes in a dizzying variety of aesthetic services, allowing clients to slip into a fuzzy robe and pad from technologically enhanced facial treatments to ancient reflexology sessions to precise henna-tattoo applications in a matter of minutes. A stable of licensed massage therapists stand by to deliver aromatherapy, hot-stone, and four-handed massages, and aestheticians provide traditional and luxury facials that enhance complexions with caviar, LED light, or bedtime stories about lotion-breathing dragons. Once they leave their private treatment rooms, clients can head to the lobby to discover a wealth of tools to maintain healthy skin at home, including designer products such as Skin Ceuticals and Pevonia Botanica.