For more than 25 years, Doctor of Chiropractic Ottavio Nepa suffered from debilitating migraines. They were so severe that oftentimes his only recourse was to curl into a ball until they passed—which could sometimes take up to two days. Though he had endured countless tests and previous chiropractic visits, a chance chiropractic appointment with an Atlas Orthogonist cured him of his pain, thereby changing his life.
Just as Atlas carries the weight of the world on his shoulders without blinking, Dr. Nepa felt that he, too, had a weighty responsibility. Devoting his life to dispelling chronic pain, he graduated from Life University’s College of Chiropractic with honors and then studied the Atlas Orthogonal technique for an additional two years. Armed with this extensive knowledge of the human body, Dr. Nepa now works to relieve symptoms of debilitating pain using various techniques, including Atlas Orthogonal, massage therapy, spinal decompression, laser treatments, and active release. Using a client-oriented relief-care method, Dr. Nepa employs his techniques to help rid bodies of chronic pain, allergies, pinched nerves, and a spectrum of other maladies.
Now that Dr. Nepa enjoys a pain-free life, he has the opportunity to pursue his other hobbies, which include playing guitar in a local band, fishing, and riding his motorcycle.
At Sorelle Spa Salon, custom facials infused with botanically derived Aveda and Bumble and bumble products target everything from blemishes to aging skin. Nail technicians, meanwhile, glaze fingertips with OPI or Shellac polish after dipping hands and feet in paraffin and exfoliating them with a gentle scrub. Sorelle Spa Salon's massage therapists prefer to relax tense back muscles with hot stones, a safe alternative to hot coffee mugs.
Aiming to beautify its clients inside and out, the instructors at Serenity Yoga and Wellness Spa guide their patrons in zapping stress with five types of yoga and nurture their skin with signature facials and massages. In an effort to spread even more benefits, they regularly host workshops, philosophy classes, and family yoga. Students line up their mats on hardwood floors in the studio, where windows let natural light flow across sky-blue walls.
The beauticians at La Belle Moi Salon & Skin Studio pamper skin and pacify muscular aches with a slew of haircare, skincare, and massage services. Bridal makeup applications prepare women for the big day, when Earth rotates about its axis in slightly more than 24 hours. Additionally, spa manicures can prep fingers for ritual puppet shows at the wedding reception. The studio’s spa area glimmers with light from crystal-laden overhead chandeliers as clients wait on cozy plush chairs and couches amid zebra-striped curtains. Fine, knee-high vintage wood tables fleck the landscape, matching the dark stained hardwood floors on which they stand. In the massage room, flickering candles illuminate a wood carving of a peacock to remind guests of their beauty, and an ornate clock proves that even Father Time can dress up.
In 2005, Sandra Gutierrez was stressed and overworked. She found relaxation at a spa, but not in the way you'd think. Sandra discovered that helping others feel better also made her feel better, so she started a new career as a licensed massage therapist.
That career has since blossomed, and Sandra now kneads muscles daily at Euphoria Massage & Spa. Along with five other therapists—all of whom she personally trains—Sandra eases tension with Swedish strokes and relieves aching necks, backs, and shoulders with trigger-point techniques. While Sandra and her team focus on relaxing muscles, Euphoria's resident aesthetician cleanses and detoxifies skin with clay body wraps and sea-salt scrubs. Treatment sessions unfold inside spacious rooms, where soft piano music drowns out the sound of your boss banging on the spa's window, asking for that TPS report.
A passion for wellness powers Jill Breier morning, noon, and night, whether she’s volunteering at Red Cross blood drives or the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer or performing therapeutic massages. This certified massage therapist draws upon training from the Essex Group Institute for Massage and Bodywork as she tailors her techniques to the needs of each client, including moms-to-be and cancer patients.
Jill's Swedish massages teem with circular friction, gentle taps, and strokes that glide across the body, whereas her foot-reflexology sessions apply pressure solely on the soles to stimulate body organs and recount how each little piggy went to the market. Aromatherapy and hot-stone sessions draw on soothing basalt stones and oils, which come in calming scents such as lavender and energizing scents such as eucalyptus, to invigorate the senses. When customizing a massage to an individual client's needs, Jill and her team use a holistic approach to ease pain, promote mobility, and enhance the flow of nutrient-rich blood, leaving bodies as charged up as Edison's Roomba.
Husband-and-wife team Clarvin and Czarina Ombajin work together to ease pain and promote healing. The licensed physical therapists take on postoperative and geriatric cases, and also specialize in spinal and orthopedic needs. With the help of massage therapist Kassandra Matias, they use a hands-on approach to alleviate discomfort and get clients back on their feet after trauma.