Along with taming treacherous sand traps, Gold Canyon Golf Resort positions guests to trek through Arizona's untarnished desert terrain flecked with scenic trails for hiking and biking. Water trickles from near-pristine calcite formations of Kartchner Caverns State Park, where trained guides host extensive tours of the subterranean kingdom. Lost Dutchman State Park—named for a storied gold mine—exemplifies the Superstition Wilderness, its landscape peppered with nimble-footed mule deer, javelina, and jackrabbits. Bright rays from the windows bounce off the shiny wood furniture in Kokopelli’s Restaurant, Gold Canyon’s casual yet upscale-style in-house restaurant. Grilled Cajun rib-eye steak rests regally atop the dinner menu, which also serves up sandwiches, seafood, and pastas. Outside Gold Canyon Golf Resort's culinary headquarters, a trip to Tempe—roughly 40 minutes north— reveals dynamic contemporary and ethnic cuisine such as Ethiopian.
Revive Salon & Spa’s 5,000-square-foot space grants its team of aesthetic experts boasting more than 7 years of experience enough elbow room to thoroughly augment human hides with a menu of hair, skin, nail, and massage services. Recently changing their look and image, the customer-focused salon vows to greet each customer with a smile and positive attitude. Moroccan Oil and Alfaparf haircare products allow the team of stylists to transform waning strands into vibrant head gardens, and Eminence and Iimage skincare serums glide their nourishing ingredients on faces and bodies to soften epidermal expanses. The salon’s nail technicians restore scratchers to fine fettle with manicures and pedicures that shape and trim nails, and massage therapists perform soothing strokes to oust back pains caused by living in a tiny dollhouse. Additional services include threading and Botox treatments.
Dr. Jason Taylor, DC, MUAC, knows firsthand the benefits of chiropractic care and alternative medicine. Dr. Taylor was studying to be a dentist when he injured his back playing hockey and received his first chiropractic adjustment. He was so impressed with his pain relief that he decided to trade in his “Kiss Me I’m a Dentist” t-shirt and devote his professional life to helping others to experience the same healing. His passion for athletics now translates into the treatment of sports injuries, and he was recently certified in manipulation under anesthesia, a noninvasive procedure used to treat chronic pain.
Heart2Heart Radiant Reflexions Wellness & Aesthetics Center combines the abilities of a licensed massage therapist and an aesthetician to help patrons find tranquility and health. Treatments include moxibustion, a traditional Chinese technique that aims to stimulate the body's healing process with a box of burning herbs placed at acupoints on the body or a nearby manatee. Gua sha, also known as scraping, is believed to oust pathogens by swiftly scraping a spoon over stiff body parts, which are often coated with oils. Along with the rare treatments, more familiar options include reflexology, deep-tissue massage, waxing, and facials.
It runs in the family. Nationally certified doctor of chiropractic Michael Abromovitz follows in the homeopathic caregiving footsteps of his father, medical doctor Alan M. Abromovitz. While Alan was a founding member of the Arizona Board of Homeopathic and Integrated Medicine Examiners, Michael founded Gilbert Chiropractic and Acupuncture Clinic. There, he addresses underlying causes of symptoms, rather than just the symptoms themselves, in private treatment rooms or in a physical-therapy-treatment bay. It’s not just about taking care of a nagging injury or a chronic ache—Michael plies his trade for a more enduring and ever-present sense of health and well-being.
In order to accomplish that bigger kind of health, Michael, Alan, and their team use both high technology, such as x-rays, and the oldest technology of all, the human hands. Their talented massage therapists put to work five modalities ranging from deep tissue to trigger-point therapy. Another keystone of the practice is their spinal-decompression therapy—a chiropractic technique that expands the spine, making it easier to return bulging disks and vertebrae back in place. The technique is popular with Michael and his staff, who use it to treat everything from back pain to spinal arthritis. Their other services include acupuncture treatments, but exclude having a professional baker slather your back with blueberries and knead your back muscles like so many pie crusts.