Parabens, sulfates, petrochemicals, and genetically modified ingredients don't belong in any of the skincare products used by master aesthetician Shelley Birnbaum. Driven by a passion for eco-friendly practices, as well as a dedication to providing effective spa treatments, Shelley decided to only stock and employ balms and salves made from organically derived materials. But she wasn't content to merely vend these products—she began making them herself.
Along with her ReNew Botanicals Organic & Vegan line, Shelley draws on a handful of other trusted brands to naturally treat a wide range of skincare concerns. Her facials soothe complexions and address signs of aging with such earth-loving components as grape seed oil, olive leaf powder, and odes addressed "To That Really Nice Field." Many of her treatments are vegan, ensuring any client can stop by for a refreshing pick-me-up.
Licensed acupuncturist Karen S. Oliva embraces toyo hari acupuncture, first developed by blind practitioners in the 1930s. Nicknamed gentle acupuncture, toyo hari employs very subtle palpations to release blockages in the chi—the body's vital energy—that can lead to pain, disease, and March Madness. Karen believes in supplementing acupuncture with holistic therapies such as herbs and facial rejuvenation therapy, which boosts collagen and elasticity in worn-out mugs.
Some people prefer to pamper themselves in the comfort of their own home. Others like to get out of the house and take refuge in a quiet spa. April Jones-Britt wants her clients to relax whichever way they want, so through Pamperme1st she offers massage treatments both in her spa and onsite at homes and offices. Her techniques range from the relaxing kneads of Swedish and chair massage to more intense deep-tissue or Chinese sports massages. She can also arrange couples treatments for pairs celebrating a romantic milestone or point guards preparing to defeat their opponent.
Fine tuning the health and beauty of the human body is the main order of business at Soma Solutions Wellness & Nutrition Centers. The nutrition coaches on staff draft dietary plans and teach clients how to avoid consuming extra calories by never again licking stamps. The certified personal trainers offer one-on-one workouts and all-you-can-sweat group classes.
Medically supervised technicians see to the aesthetic nature of the business, working to rejuvenate the skin with laser treatments and injectable solutions. The GentleMax laser zaps unwanted hair, spider veins, and sunspots on all skin types using high-intensity pulses of light. Noninvasive VelaShape II sessions, which have been featured in Shape, target cellulite and lax skin with robotic massage.
A trained and licensed acupuncturist, Marina Gan seeks to share the same ancient Chinese medicine that has so deeply affected her own life. Marina approaches acupuncture as a partnership between herself and her patients—a collaborative relationship founded with the common goal of identifying and counteracting troublesome imbalances in the client’s body or teetering Jenga tower. After such imbalances have been discovered, Gan goes to work on the grounds of the Ruscombe Mansion Community Health Center, a palatial country home built on the estate of the famous Quaker abolitionist James W. Tyson.
You might not be able to hear them, but the sound waves produced by Benevolent Resonance's vibro-acoustic massage table can be more relaxing than any jazz album. The low-frequency waves target the body––rather than the ears––vibrating the contents of cells to create a soothing massage that can lower blood pressure, alleviate tension, melt away stress, and help to ease pain. To complement the vibro-acoustic table, Benevolent Resonance's massage therapist kneads muscles using integrated massage techniques. Combined, the two modalities relieve tension from head to toe.