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.
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.
Under the supervision of Dr. Ajay Ajmani, the staff at The Skin Institute provides clients with skincare procedures ranging from laser hair removal to acne treatments such as peels and deep-pore facials. Registered nurses and aestheticians round out the seasoned team, who all work to enhance patients' natural attributes and reverse signs of aging, sun damage, and repeated face xeroxing in the most naturally appearing way possible. The staff also knows that what's under the skin is just as important as the skin itself, spurring them to soothe muscles with a variety of massage modalities and other body treatments.
Skincare and styling come naturally to the staff at Jay Andrews Salon & Spa Aveda. This is true in the most literal sense of nature, as the Aveda Lifestyle salon features Aveda products formulated with 97% plant-derived ingredients. These natural products form the basis for an extensive menu of salon and spa treatments that address different parts of the body but share one thing in common: a customized approach. The stylists can quickly devise a cut or coloring treatment to suit any look—a talent made all the more remarkable by the fact that they spruce up men, women, and children of diverse preferences on a daily basis. The spa’s aestheticians keep busy removing hair with warm wax and moisturizing skin with Aveda custom facials. Their specialty services include chemical peels that trigger rapid cell renewal and a botanical skin-resurfacing treatment that reduces fine lines and gently tends to the aftermath of dressing up as a glue stick for Halloween.
With more than a decade of experience, certified massage therapist Carol Ann Holcombe assuages muscular stress with massages in a variety of soothing modalities. Holcombe's nimble fingertips dance across problem areas during massage types including Swedish, deep tissue, sports, and prenatal. With specialties that include eradicating headaches and quelling neck pain, Carol works with clients to provide targeted treatment or lull entire bodies into a tranquil trance. After a massage, patrons receive tips on maintaining healthy living through stretches, lifestyle practices, and transmogrifying candy into vegetables.