“People who come in here are looking for something different,” said Julie “Jude” Byrne, who co-owns the business with fellow licensed massage therapists Scott Lawler and Beed Lawler. The spacious Center, which opened in July of 2010, includes massage rooms, acupuncture rooms, a dry sauna, and rooms with Jacuzzi tubs for aromatherapy and mineral baths.
“We’re planning to grow and add more services,” said Beed. “We’ve done really well to expand so quickly.”
Scott attributes their success to the fact that clients’ treatments speak for themselves. “Family and friends are seeing the results,” he said.
Most half-hour therapeutic treatments cost $30, while most hour-long treatments are $59. Clients can also purchase a 15-minute chair massage for $15 or multi-treatment packages ranging from $55 to $150. Massages encompass the feet, the neck, back and shoulders, facial pressure points or a general massage. Reflexology, which Julie described as “acupuncture, but no needles,” targets pressure points, particularly in the feet, to relieve pain and discomfort throughout the entire body. Reflexology treatments can include the full body or pinpoint specific areas of concern. “We try to be very flexible with our treatments,” said Julie.
Another service offered at the Center is Cranial Sacral therapy, a massage technique that focuses on the cranium and spine. Scott described the treatment as especially effective in treating migraines. While many of his clients see their symptoms merely improve, others see the debilitating headaches vanish completely.
After treatment, clients can sit and relax on soft couches before a digital aquarium and fireplace. They enjoy complimentary wine and chocolate while reading a book or simply listening to the gentle music and basking in the ambiance. “We try to make it cozy and relaxing,” said Scott.
The Center also includes a small gift shop that sells gift certificates and aromatherapy products produced in the Center. One popular item, aromatherapy inhalers ($8), offers blends intended to help relieve anxiety, improve weight loss, and even assist in quitting smoking. Testers are available to help clients choose scents, and products are made fresh when ordered.
One of the Center’s objectives is to provide services and treatments for people with special needs. Clients suffering from conditions ranging from autism to cerebral palsy, from fibromyalgia to ADHD, have found relief through the Center’s services. “Everything is accessible for disabilities,” said Julie. Gigi Smith, 20, who has Down syndrome and several misaligned bones, is one of Julie’s regular clients. “My daughter had several surgeries,” said Gigi’s mother, Adriana. “Nothing helped until we came to (Julie) for reflexology.” Adriana has seen vast improvements in Gigi’s well being since beginning the treatments two years ago. “She’s back at school. She functions at all her activities. She’s able to live a very satisfying life.”
Intuitive Healing Center Antioch, located at 213 G. Street, is open Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Call 925-777-9995 or visit www.intuitivehealingcenter.net. Walk-ins are welcome.