Beauty & Spas in Banning

One or Two Microdermabrasions with Customized Facials at Skin Source(Up to 58% Off)

Skin Source

Yucaipa

$125 $55

Microdermabrasion deeply exfoliates the skin before it receives a steam enzyme treatment, a customized mask, and serums

60- or 90-Minute Swedish Massage at Therapeutic Massage by Paige (Up to 53% Off)

Therapeutic Massage by Paige

Yuciapa

$45 $21.75

Relaxing Swedish massage lasting 60 or 90 minutes

Three Laser Tattoo-Removal Treatments on up to 3, 6, or 10 Square Inches at Erase-A-Tat (Up to 59% Off)

Erase-A-Tat

Multiple Locations

$360 $179

Lasers break down tattoo pigments for absorption by the body, causing them to gradually fade

One, Two, or Three All-Natural Slimming Wraps at Forever Natural (Up to 86% Off)

Forever Natural - Swanie B' s Forever Natural Permanent Makeup & Skin Care

Multiple Locations

$150 $29

Natural body wraps seek to reduce the appearance of stretch marks and cellulite

Facial or Microdermabrasion at Forever Natural Permanent Makeup & Spa (Up to 57% Off). Five Options Available.

Forever Natural Permanent Makeup & Spa

Hemet

$89 $45

Anti-aging facial hydrates with essential oils, or microdermabrasion intensively exfoliates to obscure signs of aging

1-, 1.5-, or 2-Hour Massage with Sauna Session at Kinetic Mind Body Wellness Center (Up to 52% Off)

Kinetic Mind Body Wellness Center

Downtown Redlands

$122.50 $59

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Therapists use pressure tailored to break adhesions & release tension, resulting in extremely relaxed muscles & increased range of motion

One or Three Ultrasonic Lipo-Sculpture Sessions at Rose's Body Sculpt (Up to 69% Off)

Rose's Body Sculpt

North Redlands

$150 $49

Ultrasonic waves painlessly perforate fat-cell membranes to slim away inches and smooth cellulite

One or Three Ultrasonic Facials from Tina Jakobsson Skin Care Specialist (Up to 68% Off)

Tina Jakobsson Skin Care Specialist

Multiple Locations

$125 $49

Custom facial sends ultrasound waves into skin to cleanse deeply and improve overall skin tone

Haircut with Optional Partial Highlights or Brazilian Blowout at Hair by Antoinette (Up to 65% Off)

Hair by Antoinette

Redlands

$65 $29

Highly experienced stylist snips new looks and enhances 'dos with highlights or straightens and smooths locks with Brazilian blowout

Women's Haircut Package with Optional Partial or Full Highlights at Hair by Heather Elizabeth (Up to 54% Off)

Hair by Heather Elizabeth

Essential Day Spa & Salon

$55 $27

After brightening 'dos with optional highlights, expert stylist Heather Elizabeth trims hair after softening strands with deep conditioning

Salon Haircut Packages at Evans & Co. Salon (Up to 60% Off). Three Options Available.

Evans & Co. Salon

Historic Downtown Redlands

$80 $39

After consulting with clients, stylists craft custom looks and add split-end treatment that lasts up to 4 weeks or Brazilian blowout

One, Three, or Six Sudatonic Body Wraps at Tanning Options (Up to 50% Off)

Tanning Options

Redlands

$69.99 $35

Detoxifying body wraps burn calories, reduce fat and the appearance of cellulite, ease pain and stress, and increase metabolism

One, Three, or Five 60-Minute Facials at Alec Ian Day Spa (Up to 55% Off)

Alec Ian Day Spa

West Redlands

$70 $35

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Aesthetician customizes each facial treatment to address issues ranging from acne to premature aging

Brazilian Blowout with Optional Haircut at The Glam Box Salon (Up to 65% Off)

The Glam Box Salon

South Redlands

$275 $99

In about 90 minutes, stylists subdue frizz with an amino acid formula that renders strands smooth and shiny for up to 12 weeks; optional cut

One, Two, or Four Mystic Tan Spray Tans at SunTraders Tanning Company (Up to 61% Off)

SunTraders Tanning Company

Redlands

$25 $12

The Mystic Tan booth envelops guests in a fine mist of custom tanning solution to produce a full-body tan in around 60 seconds

Exam and Cleaning with X-rays and Optional Teeth-Whitening Treatment at Tri-City Family Dental (Up to 89% Off)

Tri-City Family Dental

West Redlands

$600 $105

Dentist examines, cleans, and x-rays teeth and optionally performs Opalescence Boost treatment, which whitens smile in less than an hour

Massage with Optional Facial or Three Massages or Facials at Renew Face and Body (Up to 53% Off)

Renew Face and Body

Downtown Redlands

$70 $39

Swedish-American massages relax and soothe backs, and facials refresh and rejuvenate the skin

Salon Services at Sadity at La Bella Diva Salon (Up to 54% Off). Three Options Available.

Sadity at La Bella Diva Salon

Moreno Valley

$85 $39

Stylists reshape coifs with cuts, add dimension with highlights, or combat thinning with hair-restoration treatment

$75 for $150 Worth of Body Contouring — The Body Sculpting Spa

The Body Sculpting Spa

Moreno Valley

$150 $75

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

$49 for Haircut with Base Color or Partial Highlights at Hair by Amy Bryant ($100 Value)

Hair by Amy Bryant

Palm Springs

$100 $49

Expert hairstylist Amy Bryant updates looks with a meticulous cut and your choice of color or partial highlights

$39 for a Haircut and Blow-Dry at SpaTerre at Riviera Resort Palm Springs ($70 Value)

SpaTerre at Riviera Resort Palm Springs

Palm Springs

$70 $39

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Stylists freshen looks with cuts and blow-dried styles in a legendary, star-studded resort

Haircut with Blow-Dry or Scalp Treatment from Marlena at Read Brown Hair Salon (Up to 51% Off)

Marlena at Read Brown Hair Salon

Palm Springs

$100 $49

Stylist revamps looks with cuts after tending to tresses or the scalp with focused care

One, Two, or Three Antioxidant Facials with Pumpkin Peels at J. Lee Pro Day Spa & Beauty Studio (Up to 53% Off)

J. Lee Pro Day Spa & Beauty Studio

Sun City

$99 $49

Aesthetician with a decade of skincare experience rejuvenates faces with antioxidant treatments and pumpkin peels

Haircut Packages from Marilyn Bynum at Ikon Aveda Salon (Up to 52% Off). Six Options Available.

Marilyn Bynum at Ikon Aveda Salon

Menifee

$70 $35

Chic cuts are accentuated by flattering highlights or a silk press and curl; relaxer touchups straighten new growth and keratin smooths hair

Haircut, Blow-Dry, and Conditioning Treatment or Highlights from Phylls West at Shear Edge Salon (Up to 54% Off)

Phylls West at Shear Edge Salon

Menifee

$45 $22

Skilled stylist snips away split ends, hydrates hair, and accents with multidimensional highlights

$40 for $80 Groupon — LMVBeauty

Lmvbeauty

Sun City

$80 $40

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

One, Three, or Five Microdermabrasion Treatments at Elizabeth Lewis Skincare (Up to 60% Off)

Elizabeth Lewis Skincare

Menifee

$100 $49

Microdermabrasion treatments remove the upper layer of skin to diminish the appearance of fine lines, age spots, and acne scars

1 or 3 TNS Hydrating, Purifying, or Calming Facials at Before-N-After Weight Loss and Wellness (Up to 56% Off)

Before-N-After Weight Loss and Wellness

Multiple Locations

$60 $29

Choose a facial to help heal your skin, whether it needs hydration, anti-aging attention, or help fighting acne

Haircut, Conditioning Treatment, and Optional Highlights at Belleza Salon – Emily McCartney (Up to 55% Off)

Belleza Salon - Emily McCartney

Sun City

$70 $35

Skilled stylist snips away split ends, hydrates strands, and accents with multidimensional highlights

Haircut Package with Optional Partial or Full Highlights or Color with Eileen at Bellezza Salon (Up to 64% Off)

Eileen at Bellezza Salon

Menifee

$85 $39

Certified stylist sheers away unwanted lengths and invigorates dull 'dos with optional color and highlights

$49 for a 60-Minute Facial with a Microdermabrasion Treatment at Magic Brow Threading Salon ($138 Value)

Magic Brow Threading Salon

Multiple Locations

$138 $49

Choose from an herbal ayurvedic facial, mixed-fruit facial, or 24-karat gold facial with a deeply exfoliating microdermabrasion treatment

$20 for $45 Worth of Haircuts — Curiel Hair Salon

Curiel Hair Salon

East Highlands

$45 $20

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

Laser Hair Removal at Kalologie Spa 360 (Up to 84% Off). Three Options Available.

Kalologie Spa 360

Studio City

$600 $99

Licensed professionals use a laser to target follicles, thereby reducing the growth of unwanted hair across the face and body

Massage Packages at Inland Chiropractic Healthcare Clinic (Up to 55% Off). Two Options Available.

Inland Chiropractic Healthcare Clinic

San Bernardino

$50 $25

Massage therapists help rid body of pain and stress during massages; sauna visits aid in relaxation

Up to $100 Toward Prescription and Non-Prescription Eyewear from GlassesUSA.com. Two Options Available.

GlassesUSA.com

Online Deal

$100 $59

Designer brands, vintage frames, and sunglasses with prescription or non-prescription lenses included

Health and Beauty Gadgets from Vitagoods (Up to 60% Off). Three Options Available. Free Shipping.

Vitagoods

Online Deal

$40 $20

Health- and fitness-tracking devices such as digital scales and blood-pressure monitors, along with massagers and exfoliating brushes

$48 for $120 Worth of Coloring/Highlights — Beauty by Bee

Beauty By Bee - Lexie Nahay

Canyon Lake

$120 $48

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60-Minute In-Office Teeth-Whitening Treatment at Canyon Lake Dentistry (65% Off)

Canyon Lake Dentistry

Canyon Lake

$175 $61

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Haircut and Conditioning with Optional Color or Partial or Full Highlights at Shear Glam Salon (Up to 51% Off)

Shear Glam Salon

Yucca Valley

$80 $39

Clients armed with snacks and beverages relax as the stylist cuts and conditions hair, optionally adding color or partial or full highlights

$30 for Shampoo, Deep Conditioning Treatment, Haircut, Blowdry and Style ($55 value) — ENVY Styling Studio

ENVY Styling Studio

Yucca Valley

$55 $30

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

Two Mani-Pedis, or One Facial with Mani-Pedi at Elite Cosmetology School (Up to 57% Off)

Elite Cosmetology School

Yucca Valley

$38 $19

Under the supervision of a licensed instructor, cosmetology students perform mani-pedis or hydrating facials with extractions and massages

One or Two 60-Minute Swedish Massages from Velma Coontz Massage Therapy (Up to 55% Off)

Velma Coontz Massage Therapy

Magnolia Center

$65 $31

Licensed massage therapist relieves pain and stress with soothing Swedish massages

One Acne Facial or One or Three Microdermabrasions with $10 Product Credit at Pacific Acne Clinic (Up to 52% Off)

Pacific Acne Clinic

Riverside

$60 $29

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Diamond-tip microdermabrasion wand removes dead skin; facial cleanses, moisturizes, and exfoliates to potentially reduce blemishes and scars

Cut, or Partial or Full Braided or Infused Extensions at Therapee International Cut & Color Bar (Up to 57% Off)

Therapee International Cut & Color Bar

Riverside

$50 $25

Get a chic cut, or opt to add length and volume to hair with partial or full extensions, carefully installed by braiding or infusion

Coloring or Frizz Treatment from Pamela at Javier's Hair Salon and Day Spa (Up to 52% Off). Three Options Available.

Pamela at Javier’s Hair Salon and Day Spa

Wood Streets

$160 $80

International hairstylist Pamela Coder refreshes looks with cut-and-color packages, or tames frizz with keratin smoothing treatments

$30 for $60 Worth of Haircuts at Michelle At Sugar Skulls Beauty Lab

Michelle at Sugar Skulls Beauty Lab

Riverside

$60 $30

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$1,750 for a Conventional LASIK Surgery for Both Eyes at Laser Eye Center ($4,200 Value)

Laser Eye Center

Multiple Locations

$4,200 $1,750

Surgeons with more than 200,000 total procedures correct vision with a precise laser system and up to one year of follow-up visits

Two 30-Minute Couples Massages at Hummingbird Massage Spa (50% Off)

Hummingbird Spa

Riverside

$80 $40

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

Laser Teeth-Cleaning and Whitening, Custom Teeth-Whitening Trays, or Both at Indian Hills Dental (Up to 57% Off)

Indian Hills Dental

Riverside

$274 $119

Laser cleaning and whitening brightens smiles in the dental office; whereas custom trays allow patients to whiten teeth at home

Brazilian Blowout with Optional Haircut and Style at The Ivy Salon & Spa (Up to 67% Off)

The Ivy Salon & Spa

Magnolia Center

$300 $99

Brazilian Blowout treatments create straight, glossy locks

One or Two Brazilian Blowouts at Hair Majesty (Up to 77% Off)

Hair Majesty

La Sierra South

$350 $99

Treatment builds a layer of protein around strands to help smooth out curls and diminish frizz

Haircut, Moisturizing Mask, and Blow-Dry with Optional Partial or Full Highlights from Lisa at Salon OC (Up to 58% Off)

Lisa at Salon OC

Riverside

$75 $35

Stylist treats tresses with intensive moisturizing mask before cutting them and optionally adding eye-catching partial or full highlights

20 Units of Xeomin or Two 0.8 Radiesse Syringes at FUN by Michelle (54% Off)

FUN by Michelle

Ramona

$325 $149

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Specialists use Xeomin or Radiesse to help temporarily eliminate signs of aging such as crow's-feet, forehead creases, and frown lines

One or Three Fit Body Wraps at The Tanning Spa (Up to 61% Off)

The Tanning Spa

Multiple Locations

$60 $29

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Detox your body with a slimming body wrap

Salon Services from Nancy Lazrovich at Knockout Salon (Up to 52% Off). Four Options Available.

Nancy Lazrovich at Knockout Salon

Orangecrest

$30 $15

Nancy revamps looks with haircuts and optional conditionings or optional highlights; she can tame frizzy, dry manes with a keratin treatment

One or Three Therapeutic Massages at Peak Performance Chiropractic (Up to 49% Off)

Peak Performance Chiropractic

Orangecrest

$65 $35

Doctor with post-graduate degeree in sports practice eases muscle tension and speeds healing with therapeutic massage

$29 for Premium Home Teeth-Whitening Kit from White Smile Central ($116.95 Value)

White Smile Central

La Sierra

$116.95 $29

Professional-grade bleaching gel and LED light erase unsightly stains; remineralizing gel strengthens enamel and reduces sensitivity

$29 for a Premium Home Teeth-Whitening Kit with Gel Refills for Life from GlamWhite ($175 Value)

GlamWhite

Riverside

$175 $29

Home teeth-whitening kits include trays and free whitening gel refills for life; can whiten teeth up to 12 shades in one to two weeks

One, Two, or Three Zerona LipoLaser Treatments at Non-Surgical Wellness Inc. (Up to 82% Off)

Non-Surgical Wellness Inc.

Riverside

$379 $97

Cold laser targets fat cells, causing them to release their contents and liquify so they can be expelled from the body naturally

$30 for $60 Worth of Haircuts — Hairdresser

Sugar Skulls Beauty Lab-cassandra Jenkins

Magnolia Center

$60 $30

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

$85 for a Hair-Restoration Laser Treatment at Make It Happen Hair Loss Clinic ($170 Value)

Make It Happen Hair Loss Clinic

Riverside

$170 $85

Specialists consult with clients to determine their hair-loss and hair-thinning issues, then perform a laser treatment for hair restoration

Three Laser Tattoo-Removal Sessions for an Area of 3, 6, or 10 Sq. In. (Up to 70% Off)

Fountain of Youth Medical Spa

Hunter Industrial Park

$400 $179

Medical professionals erase unwanted tattoo ink

$99 for Three Months of Laser Hair-Restoration Therapy at Inland Empire Laser Hair Therapy ($1,000 Value)

Inland Empire Laser Hair Therapy

Downtown Riverside

$1,000 $99

Twice-weekly treatments enlist FDA-approved laser to help stimulate new hair growth, repair damaged follicles, and strengthen scalp strands

Blow-Dry or Haircut Packages at Lavish Hair Salon & Day Spa (Up to 52% Off). Four Options Available.

Lavish Hair Salon & Day Spa

Masson Grove

$40 $20

Press-praised salon delivers sleek blowouts, stylish haircuts, and specialized treatments that condition or shine hair

Cut with Optional Partial or Full Highlights, or Full Color From Ashley Balough at Tenth (Up to 60% Off)

Ashley Balough at Tenth Street Hair Lounge

Downtown Riverside

$55 $22

The highlights are a single-process lightening color with toner

$39.99 for 60-Minute Chiropractic Massage, Pain Consultation, and Adjustment at Miranda Family Chiropractic ($225 Value)

Miranda Family Chiropractic

Magnolia Center

$225 $39.99

Chiropractor with more than 20 years of experience looks for sources of back and muscle pain and treats them without drugs

One or Two Keratin Hair-Smoothing Treatments at Classy & Sassy Hair and Makeup (Up to 52% Off)

Classy & Sassy Hair and Makeup

Magnolia Center

$250 $125

Hair is infused with a keratin-rich serum, causing frizz to relax into smooth cascades

One or Three Microdermabrasion Treatments with Pumpkin Peels at A Skin Care Affair (Up to 67% Off)

A Skin Care Affair

Riverside

$60 $29

Microdermabrasion exfoliates skin, making it appear younger; pumpkin peel imbues faces with more than 100 nutrients and minerals

Two, Four, or Six Nonsurgical Ultrasonic-Liposuction Treatments at Desert Plastic Surgery Center (Up to 83% Off)

Desert Plastic Surgery Center

Rancho Mirage

$400 $99

Treatment targets the abdomen, inner thighs, outer thighs, arms, or buttocks to reduce fat and cellulite and enhance skin elasticity

$125 for 1 Session of 4 Bio-SlimXpress Lipo Treatments at Beautiful Image of the Desert ($500 Value)

Beautiful Image of the Desert

Rancho Mirage

$500 $125

NASA-developed infrared therapy causes fat cells to expel their contents resulting in a slimmer body and tighter skin

Two, Three, or Four LipoLaser Treatments at Desert Health & Wellness (78% off)

Desert Health & Wellness

Rancho Mirage

$450 $99

Noninvasive Lapex 2000 BCS LipoLaser uses cold-laser technology to release fatty acids, water, and glycerol in order to shrink fat cells

Facials, Peel, or Microdermabrasion Treatments at Advanced Aesthetics (Up to 68% Off). Four Options Available.

Advanced Aesthetics

Rialto

$120 $49

Diminish fine lines with anti-aging facial; chemical peel and microdermabrasion remove dead skin cells to reveal clearer complexions

Cut and Color, or Yuko Hair Straightening at Glamour Beauty Salon and Day Spa (50% Off). Three Options Available.

Glamour Beauty Salon and Day Spa

Lake Elsinore

$100 $50

Stylists revive 'dos with cuts and all-over color or straighten strands with Yuko products

Cut, Blow-Dry, and Style with Optional Conditioning and Lip or Brow Wax from Shauna Gray-Master Stylist (Up to 46% Off)

Shauna Gray-Master Stylist

Crestline

$40 $22

Master stylist with more than 13 years of experience specializes in creative color techniques

Three, Five, or Eight iLipo Body-Contouring Sessions at Synergy Wellness & Rejuvenation Spa (Up to 81% Off)

Synergy Wellness & Rejuvenation Spa

Synergy Wellness Clinic Inc

$450 $99

Noninvasive frequencies emulsify excess fat to trim contrours and obscure cellulite in problem areas such as the waist, hips, and thighs

Haircut Package with Optional Partial or Full Highlights at Karl Vasquez Salon (Up to 64% Off)

Karl Vasquez Salon

Multiple Locations

$105 $45

Stylist crafts a designer haircut and gets locks looking vibrant with optional highlights

Haircut, Shampoo, Style, and Blow-Dry with Optional Partial Highlights at J. Charnay Salon Studio (55% Off)

J. Charnay Salon Studio

Palm Desert

$65 $29

Jeannette Charnay taps into 20+ years of experience as a stylist to transform stale 'dos into trendy new cuts with vibrant highlights

Massage with Aromatherapy at Pro Health Massage (Up to 51% Off). Three Options Available.

Pro Health Massage

Palm Desert

$70 $35

Aromatherapy accompanies Swedish or deep-tissue massage for added relaxation

Cut, Highlights, and Color at Cerissa's Hair Studio - Melinda Molnar (Up to 59% Off). Three Options Available.

Cerissa's Hair Studio - Melinda Molnar

Palm Desert

$50 $25

Stylists with more than 20 years experience uses Redken, Matrix, and Big & Sexy products when revamping coifs with cuts and color

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Named after the colorful bracelets that jangle on the wrists of many Indian women, Ruby’s Bangles gives its patrons an opportunity to partake in ancient Eastern beauty rituals. In the spa, aestheticians use eyebrow threading techniques inspired by Egyptian beauty rituals to remove unwanted hair. Skilled henna artists can transform hands and feet with dramatic plant-ink designs. The store's boutique boasts a wide selection of Indian-inspired jewelry, including bindis, necklaces, bangles, and hip chains for belly dancing or keeping prank-prone jeans from running away.

1620 East 2nd Street
Beaumont,
CA
US

Though Skin Essentials Skincare Studio & Day Spa owner Katherine Bocanegra found her way into the spa industry by coincidence, she discovered a genuine passion for helping others while working with beauty professionals across the country. In addition to mastering treatments using Skin Script products, her team of licensed aestheticians educates each one of their clients so they may continue their skincare routine at home or even in space.

Inside the spa, cascading water places guests at ease as they sit in round cherry-wood chairs. All services take place in private treatment rooms equipped with soft beds or chairs and unique d?cor, such as silky, gold curtains that glow by candlelight.

33490 Oak Glen Rd
Yucaipa,
CA
US

I am Nationally Certified in Therapeutic Massage and Body Work and California State Licensed as a Massage Therapist.

I have worked at Glen Ivy Hot Springs Spa in Corona for over six years.

34816 Yucaipa Blvd
Yucaipa,
CA
US

Melissa Simmons offers soothing facial treatments at Trilogy Salon, where she customizes her processes based on personal need and preference. Her treatments can help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, oily skin, or acne, or simply can rejuvenate and refresh visages. At the salon, customers also will find nail services such as manicures and pedicures, and hair services such as cuts, extensions, and color treatments.

34247 Yucaipa Blvd
Yucaipa,
CA
US

In 2001, the first iTAN Sun Spray Spa opened its doors. It had a simple goal—to make clients feel and look lovely with professional tanning services. Today, the spa has more than 30 Southern California franchises, each offering a slightly different assortment of teeth whitening, tanning beds, spray-tanning booths, and self-serve spa offerings.

The Smart Tan–certified staff prioritizes keeping up with tanning technology by stocking state-of-the-art tanning beds such as the Sun Angel, which uses sensors to customize a blend of UVA and UVB rays, practically eliminating overexposure. Many beds come equipped with stereo sound systems, misters, and fans. Just down the hall from these beauty gadgets, Mystic and airbrush machines bronze limbs without UV rays, and self-administered spa treatments dispense relaxing red-light facials, infrared-heat bodywraps, and aqua massages.

2995 W Florida Ave
Hemet,
CA
US

Muscular System: The Meat of the Matter

The joys of a massage or the relief of a chiropractic adjustment?and the stresses of physical work?play out partly in the muscles. Learn just what pumps the body up with Groupon?s guide to the muscular system.

The human body has more than 630 muscles keeping it upright and mobile. They make up almost half its weight and power the movements of the bones, the blood, and even the food in the stomach. Perhaps the most familiar muscles are those seen in bodybuilding contests and facial-expression contests: the skeletal, or voluntary, muscles. They?re attached to our bones and controlled by our brains, which zap them with electrical signals to cause their fibers to contract. During a muscle contraction, filaments inside the muscle fibers slide together, stacking up on one another so that the larger fiber shortens. In shortening, the fibers gain thickness?a phenomenon we notice as flexing. Whatever muscles do, they accomplish by this single pulling action. If a bicep (part of a category of muscles known as flexors) flexes to lift a barbell, it needs a tricep (an extensor), pulling in the opposite direction, to bring the arm back down.

The other two types of muscles are smooth muscles and cardiac muscles, and both are beyond our conscious control. Cardiac muscles control the beating of the heart, contracting the chambers to push blood throughout the body. But the blood doesn?t ride to the toes on that momentum alone. Lining the blood vessels are smooth muscles that help push it along. These also line the esophagus, stomach, and intestine to move food through the digestive track, and can even help regulate the body?s temperature by opening and closing capillaries near the skin surface, all without conscious effort. The subconscious brain is also happy to turn muscles to ends beyond their apparent purpose: for instance, what we experience as shivering from cold is simply the brain causing the muscles to spasm so they will generate heat and keep your blood and any baby chicks in your coat pockets warm.

910 E Florida Ave
Hemet,
CA
US