Western medicine may stem from centuries of technological and scientific advancements, but Chinese medicine relies on millennia-old practices that take a broader view of health care and well-being. These practices inspire the staff members at Point Flow Acupuncture, who aim to treat their clients with personalized therapies—such as restoring balance with acupuncture, herbal formulas, or massage—and encourage the body's natural healing processes. In addition to addressing the symptoms, holistic therapies aim to improve health across the entire body by treating the underlying causes.
Point Flow Acupuncture's founder, Joyce, began her health-care career more than 30 years ago as a radiologic technologist. In addition to working closely with ob-gyn physicians and reproductive endocrinologists, she also suffered from the physical and mental trauma of polycystic ovarian syndrome. These professional and personal experiences inspired Joyce to create a studio dedicated to addressing infertility and women's health concerns. However, she chose to leave behind the medical practices from her first profession and fully commit to the natural, holistic treatment methods that first granted her relief from her own pains.
CS Massage clients rest their heads on heated neck cushions and relax their lids under eye pillows as the licensed massage therapist begins the one-hour customized muscle mendings. The treatment melds the long strokes of a Swedish massage with a calming bouquet of essential oils, incorporating deep-tissue and hot-stone techniques where necessary. Clients then get cocooned in a moisturizing body wrap for 30 minutes. Before the heated wrap, the therapist will use soft body brushes to exfoliate skin as well as apply a mineral mist and a coat of all-natural moisturizer. The wrap also includes a scalp massage to stimulate daydreams of relaxed mummies during the treatment.
Breezes drift east off the Fox River and through the tree lines of Pottawatomie Golf Course, a spectacular layout recognized by Golf World as the No. 15 nine-hole course in America in 2010. The course traces its roots back to 1939, when legendary course architect Robert Trent Jones Sr. capitalized on the area's natural splendor to design a course that originally charged golfers a quarter to play and was best conquered by clubs made from stale baguettes.
Recently, the par 35 course has been the subject of a vigorous renovation, including efforts to reshape greens and preserve native habitats for the deer, foxes, and egrets that populate the grounds. These conservation efforts were rewarded in 1997, when Pottawatomie Golf Course became the first nine-hole course recognized as a fully certified sanctuary by Audubon International.
The course's picturesque conditions are on full display at the par-four third hole, where a curving fairway vanishes into the river and golfers must launch approach shots onto a water-surrounded green. After a day of fore-hollering fun, golfers can peruse the pro shop for the latest gear and clubs to replace irons that ran away to chase dreams of one day growing into a cell-phone tower.
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Doctor of Chiropractic Sheryar Masud puts his chiropractic skills to use combating scoliosis and other spinal conditions. He also alleviates everyday aches and pains through manual adjustments and acupuncture treatments. To help prevent further health complications in his patients, Dr. Masud dispenses lifestyle advice and nutritional counseling, such as how much protein is really needed in a diet and which color Starburst has the fewest calories.
As a chiropractic patient herself, Dr. Stephanie Beelendof works to alleviate the impinged spinal nerves, or subluxations, in patients of all ages and conditions. She uses six different types of chiropractic techniques, relying mainly on the “specific prone” method, which gently nudges discs into healthier positions where they no longer pinch delicate nerve tissue.
tri-city Fitness keeps locals in shape with a 15,000-square-foot facility named one of the Best Places for a Workout in 2011 by Suburban Life Publications. In addition to weight machines and group classes, the facility houses The Spa at TCF, which invites guests to recline atop a plush treatment bed as an aesthetician uses Bioelements products in massages and facials. Sconces illuminate treatment rooms' gold accents, while the mani-pedi area hosts visitors settling into dark pedi thrones and white porcelain basins.
In the gym, the gray floor supports rows of cardio machines, free weights, and strength-training equipment from such brands as Striders and KrankCycle. More than 20 group fitness classes a week keep figures chiseled through Zumba, Pilates, and spin sessions, and personal training and nutrition programs teach healthy lifestyle habits to clients of any age. tri-city Fitness also boasts highly sanitized locker rooms equipped with digital lockers and showerheads that provide backing vocals when they detect a singing voice.
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