In addition to experiencing the humiliation of being buried by dogs and dug up by science teachers, skeletons are ornery because they lack the musculature necessary to get massaged. Avoid taking your skin for granted with today's Groupon: for $59, you get a one-hour hot-stone massage, ultrasound massage, electrical muscle stimulation, and aromatherapy at Synergy Wellness Clinic (a $120 value).
Piloted by chiropractic physician Gustavo Marshall, Synergy Wellness Clinic takes a holistic approach to treating patients' muscle and skeletal problems. During the comprehensive one-hour treatment, a 20-minute deep-heating ultrasound massage vibrates tension out of muscles, and aromatherapy tranquilizes the limbic system with calming essential oils. Forty minutes of hot-stone massage warm exteriors with heated rocks, helping to relieve pain, improve posture, and flush out toxins while lulling bone movers into manatee-like states of blissful torpor. Guests also receive electric muscle stimulation, which uses mild electrical pulses to release pent-up stress, leaving muscles relaxed enough to keep cool during high-octane car chases or community-theater cast-list postings.
Synergy Wellness Clinic
Synergy Wellness Clinic founder Doctor of Chiropractic Gustavo Marshall’s experiences with traditional organized medicine left him disappointed, noting that it felt like “looking at the trees, rather than the whole forest.” So the licensed chiropractor assembled a team of heathcare practitioners who could work together to address the whole person, rather than just his or her symptoms. “Here, we’re always looking at the body from the standpoint of the whole forest,” he says.
When Dr. Marshall meets with new patients, he considers a variety of factors, such as their living environment, sleep habits, nutrition, and frequency of hot-coal walks. Then, he may pair his own chiropractic techniques with massage therapy or nutritional counseling. And if his own clinic doesn’t have the resources his patients need, he’s happy to recommend additional practitioners to help them on their path to wellness.
Dr. Marshall also recognizes that, regardless of his client’s ailment, stress can be a huge barrier to recovery. So he strives to establish his clinic as a refuge from the urban bustle. During massages, for instance, therapists ensconce patients in private treatment rooms equipped with flickering candles, memory-foam tables, and soothing music. They also draw upon aromatherapy to deepen relaxation.
138 NE 2nd Ave.
Miami, Florida 33132