As a child visiting his grandfather's small clinic in Garland, Dr. Eric Wu witnessed the rejuvenating benefits of traditional acupuncture therapy firsthand. Then later in life, when an automobile accident had left him with chronic pain, Dr. Wu found relief in the form of chiropractic care. Because of these past experiences, Dr. Wu embraces both approaches at his practice, knowing that a combination of chiropractic sessions and acupuncture treatments tends to have a synergistic effect upon a person's health.
Chiropractic care and acupuncture share the common goal of jump-starting the body's natural healing capabilities, albeit by different means. During chiropractic adjustments, Dr. Wu checks for any misaligned vertebrae, which can place pressure on the spinal cord and interfere with the nervous system's function. Correcting these alignment issues facilitates uninterrupted communication between organs and helps alleviate the constant aches and fatigue that can interfere with everyday life. Alternately, acupuncture treatments focus on points of stagnation in the flow of the body's natural energies. These blockages can be removed by inserting needles, applying fingertip pressure, or using electrical stimulation. Dr. Wu specializes in needle-free acupuncture, opting instead to stimulate pressure points with a low electrical current, making the treatment ideal for children and adults afraid of needles. Needle-free treatment is also helpful for treatment of sensitive points on the head and face. Both chiropractic sessions and acupuncture appointments promote a sense of holistic wellbeing, without resorting to unnecessary medications, surgeries, or tongue-depressor prescriptions. Instead, they aim to relieve existing symptoms while also bolstering the body's ability to stave off future complications.
After completing her massage studies at Texas Healing Arts Institute, Kristen Tagle tempered her skills in the fires of a local chiropractic office. She spent this time using modalities such as Swedish, deep tissue, sports, and prenatal to treat muscular dysfunction while developing an understanding of how each helped soothe particular aspects of muscular stress. Now the owner of Heart & Sole Massage, Kristen works alongside therapists who demonstrate a similar commitment to these modalities and devise treatment strategies that address clients’ particular aches and pains. Initial consultations allow staffers to review each visitor’s medical history, past injuries, physical conditions, and ill-fitting nicknames, and after the sessions they can recommend exercises and self-care therapies to perform at home. A deep-blue couples room, meanwhile, allows those celebrating a date night or a platonic date night to enjoy the soothing power of massage together.
With haircuts, blowouts, extensions, makeup, waxing and even massages, Russ and Company Salon takes the offerings of a typical parlor and turns them up to the next level. Located on West Avenue near the University of Texas, this bright and cheery space with a retro feel boasts over a dozen beauty professionals ready to make your everyday look spectacular, or prepare you for a special occasion. Knowledgeable staff can serve up beauty packages to fit your particular needs, or suggest take home products to finish the job yourself. The shop even offers a service called "Beauty on the Go," where licensed cosmetologists provide mobile salon and massage services. Perfect for a wedding or special event, this service offers hair, makeup and false eyelash work, among other last-minute beauty needs.
Blue Water Spa's licensed massage therapists rely on nine different massage styles to fight tension and ease stress. For instance, they use their full bodyweight to work out tension during barefoot ashiatsu and Ashi-Thai massages. Some staff also use intense pressure to relieve deeply held tension during her structural deep-tissue massages, whereas others specialize in lighter Swedish and aromatherapy massages. Several therapists are adept at performing sports massages, which are great for those injured on the field or typing vigorously in the press box.
A menu of add-ons, such as hot stones, Biofreeze cold-therapy pain relief, and foot scrubs, allow clients to concoct a custom treatment that meets their needs.
Getting walked all over has a negative connotation, but the massage therapists at Therapies Massage render it positively therapeutic. During Ashiatsu massage, they walk on clients' backs with their clean, bare feet while holding overheard parallel bars for balance. They also stretch clients into assisted yoga poses during Thai Yoga Massage, a style that incorporates reflexology's focus on the hands and feet. For more traditional kneads, clients can also opt for flowing Swedish strokes, more intense deep tissue massages, or the warmth of strategically-placed hot stones, which are more effective than a microwaved Mancala set.
True to its name, Organic Day Spa offers a range of services incorporating natural elements such as tropical fruit, green tea, and lavender. Pedicure chairs and manicure stations line opposite sides of the spa, where guests settle in for mani-pedis augmented by green-tea scrubs, milk-and-honey massage cream, and paraffin. You also can opt for waxing services and refreshing facials. Complimentary soft drinks and bottled water come with each service, and patrons older than 21 can even sip red or white wine during the spa’s pampering treatments.