Faith Sevilla-Bingemer was born with the number one tool for her trade–-her hands. But when it comes to helping her clients find relief from chronic pain or stress, she'll reach for numerous aids to customize a treatment plan that best suits their particular aches and ails. During relaxation-focused Swedish massage, Faith may incorporate light oils or lotions to cut down on friction as she applies broad, flowing strokes that help stimulate circulation and tame tension. Steam heated river stones may be placed along the client's back, allowing the soothing heat to penetrate deep into sore muscles, while a hot poultice Thai massage swaps out rocks for a warm muslin bag filled with therapeutic herbs. While muscles are busy shedding pain, skin can also shed impurities with help from one of Faith's salt or sugar scrubs, which blend together ingredients such as cocoa and sunflower oil or sea salt and spearmint to leave skin soft, glowing, and more susceptible to deer kisses.
A wildly successful alternative to traditional day spas—its more than 300 locations blanket 36 states and half a dozen countries—Planet Beach is a futuristic relaxation station where state-of-the-art machines administer all the spa and tanning services. These friendly automatons sometimes replace familiar treatments, as in the Luminous facial, a light-based service that delivers blemish-busting results similar to those of a conventional facial. But other equipment maps out new spa territory entirely: the Hydro-Derma Fusion chamber moisturizes the whole body with nutrient-rich steam in order to offset the effects of a dry climate or a rear-end collision with a salt truck. Other machines whiten teeth, spray-tan skin, and massage muscles.
Planet Beach operates on a gym-style membership system, meaning that members purchase packages or pay flat monthly rates. As members spend more time at the spa, they get to know the helpful assistants who are always on hand to demonstrate how to use the equipment without activating its ability to cry.
The MVP haircut is reserved for guys who want the brawn of a chiseled cut with the extreme adrenaline rush of a pleasant pampering. Following careful instructions or expert intuition, stylists can clean up the edges without sacrificing any degree of edginess. A thorough shampoo and scalp massage ensures an itch-free walk off, while a neck and shoulder massage with steamed towel leaves cleaned-up batters with the zonal focus to connect on any upcoming office pitch.
Dr. Lanford Peck has had as much success as you would expect of an Ivy League med-school grad. Since earning his degree from Yale School of Medicine and completing his residency training at Yale Hospital, the board-certified doctor has accumulated more than 12 years of practice experience and has ascended to the position of owner and medical director of Laser Aesthetics and Liposuction. Along with his team of medical aestheticians and permanent-makeup artist Lynn Keenan, Dr. Peck makes a point to learn about cosmetic technologies as they emerge. His philosophy is the same one that inspired Nietzsche to take up cardio kickboxing: the better you look, the better you feel.
The selection of treatments available at the center is vast. Microdermabrasion, peels, and lasers resurface complexions with varying degrees of intensiveness, sometimes to diminish acne scarring and sometimes to restore a dewy glow. Patients can play up their favorite features with lip augmentation, permanent makeup, or lash-fortifying Latisse, or they can cause hair and spider veins to wither in the glow of specially designed lasers. Laser liposuction is also available to reduce fat and enhance figures.
When they’re not focused on navigating the complex structure of the human ankle, the skilled physicians of Central Carolina Ear, Nose & Throat call on their advanced medical training to heal conditions that range from vertigo to dry skin. There’s even a pediatric team that tends to younger patients, using appropriately scaled stethescopes to check their heart rates and shouting volume. Medical aesthetician Julie Strickland employs cosmetic injections such as Botox to help her clients achieve their dream look. Once firm and glowing skin is attained, Obagi skincare products and chemical peels can keep it looking fresh for years to come.