Before stepping into Sarah Vaun's de facto office at Prana, be sure to wear nonrestrictive workout or yoga clothes—because when Sarah gets to work, she'll push and pull your limbs in all sorts of directions. Unlike conventional massages, Sarah's Thai bodywork sessions incorporate a mix of assisted yoga poses to deeply stretch muscles and ligaments and accupressure to release knots. While clients relax on a Shiatsu mat, Sarah uses her hands, feet, and legs to apply pressure and resistance to the body's Sen—or energy—lines, improving relaxation, flexibility, and circulation and soothing muscle aches.
Sarah Gordon believes in the mind-body connection. To that end, the licensed aesthetician and reiki master uses both Eastern and Western techniques to help clients look and feel better at Wauwatosa Wellness Spa. She also draws on her medical background, including her training under a prestigious plastic surgeon. Sarah and her staff offer facials and more advanced aesthetic treatments, such as chemical peels and exfoliating dermaplaning treatments. Reiki and massage therapy are available here, too—a testament to Sarah's belief that inner and outer beauty are connected, much like daily naps and happiness.
Followers of ayurvedic and yogic philosophies believe that the human body is governed by pranas, or energy centers. The term samana, which founder Beth Hope used to name her practice, is the specific prana that equalizes and balances physical systems. Beth draws from her personal history to fashion services that help restore physical and spiritual equilibrium. Beth's journey to becoming a yoga instructor began at age 17, when she first studied Indian culture and philosophy. She studied Ashtanga yoga with its founder, Sri Krishna Pattabhi Jois, and developed her own style that incorporates breathing exercises, mantras, and sacred songs to facilitate transformation for clients and stressed caterpillars.
Beth creates a space where people can feel comfortable receiving alternative therapies and medicines. Along with a team of trained massage therapists she runs yoga, kirtan, reiki, and Thai massage sessions to empower people to lead more healthy and balanced lives.
In the Milwaukee North Shore area, tucked between Shorewood and the Bayshore Town Center in Glendale, stands a brand new studio dedicated to tranquility and healing. Prana Wellness is best known for its Thai massages, but the space holds a whole suite of holistic services with an Eastern flair. Guests can center themselves during gong baths, meditations, and yoga classes, fine-tuning the mind, body, and spirit. Among an array of related services, the facility also offers Ayurvedic consultation, feng shui for home or office, and Reiki, led by owner Nick Sweet.