The smooth, black basalt traditionally used in hot stone massage has something in common with spa owner Mahealani Trepinski's career: they were both forged in Hawaii. But while these rocks were born in the island chain's famous lava flows, Trepinski had to journey there as an adult for the training that gives her skill set a distinctive Hawaiian flavor.
The island's influence can be felt in a number of A Hawaiian Touch Natural Healing Center and Spa Inc.'s spa treatments, from lomi massages—a Hawaiian practice based on ancient ritual and music—to organic facials and seaweed detox wraps. A well-rounded team of aestheticians and therapists keeps the spa's menu diverse, offering cosmetic services such as waxing alongside a wide array of massage modalities. Trepinski, who is also an Integrative Nutrition health coach, even teaches other professionals how to perform reflexology, throw spa parties, and alleviate the pain of midnight burrito cravings.
Modeled after traditional Korean spas, King Spa and Sauna houses nine distinct therapy rooms, each of which specializes in treating a different form of ailment or anxiety. The Charcoal room lines its walls with antibacterial briquettes, which can alleviate conditions such as eczema and undercooked pork sausage. The domed sauna in the Fire Sudatorium encircles entrants in the room's dry-heat and oak-tree aromatherapy, whereas the low temperature of the Ice room encourages blood flow to the chilled parts of the body. In the heated Base Rock room, slabs of siraka stone deploy infrared rays into prostrate patrons, inciting increased circulation and lymphatic drainage during a process that, like most mixed-martial-arts careers, typically doesn't last longer than two 15-minute sessions.
The staff at Westside Weight Loss and Wellness Clinic helps clients reach body goals through a variety of individual programs and consultations. Personal evaluations paint a profile of one's diet, health, and exercise habits, which can be applied toward the creation of custom weight-loss programs. The team members understand the difficulties inherent in losing weight solely through diet or opening every pickle jar at the gym, so they help out with techniques such as whole-body vibration and exercise with oxygen therapy to increase health benefits.
Licensed doctor of naturopathic medicine Judy Hinojosa-Sinks begins each treatment at Naturopathic Vitality Wellness Center the same way: with research. Before drafting a wellness plan, she may check for food allergies, analyze body-composition statistics, view hormone and toxicity levels, or all of the above. This commitment to sound research not only warms the hearts of bibliographers but also helps engender correct diagnoses for ailments ranging from irritable bowel syndrome to anxiety. Dr. Hinojosa-Sinks and her certified assistants then combat these conditions with treatments such as acupuncture, hydrotherapy, and herbal medicine.
As its name suggests, Facelogic Spa prioritizes the primping of the face. Its aestheticians perform more than a dozen facials, including services that use only organic products and treatments tailored to acne, aging, and other common concerns. Their more intensive skincare treatments include chemical peels, microdermabrasion, and dermaplaning. Every option is tailored to individual skin type and uses premium products, such as ?minence Organic Skin Care and Image Skin Care. The spa also offers a variety of relaxation and beautifying treatments, from massage therapy to airbrush tanning or waxing.
The spa?s comprehensive menu and penchant for service have made it a popular choice, and today it has locations in Canada, 11 US states, and one drifting iceberg.
Russian Banya of Dallas whisks visitors from deep in the heart of Texas straight to Old-World Europe for traditional banya and sauna sessions and Russian delicacies from Citysearch's Best Deli of 2009. Upon entering the unassuming storefront, visitors receive a robe, towels, slippers, and keys for a locker and safe-deposit box, and staff members direct them toward the facility's showers. Once cleaned—which normally takes two full renditions of "Singing in the Rain"—visitors can choose to lounge in the wet heat of the wooden Russian banya, the dry heat of the wooden Finnish sauna, or the 100% humidity of the tiled steam room.
Though the staff recommends novice sauna sitters cool down naturally after their first session, they offer an invigorating 42-degree plunge pool for more experienced visitors to hop in after steaming. The staff also doles out optional venik massages that use chilled bundles of steamed birch, oak, or eucalyptus leaves to help to open pores and pump up metabolisms.
After draining themselves of sweat, toxins, and the desire to experience life as a steamed carrot, visitors can refuel with natural fruit juices and a menu of made-from-scratch Russian, Ukrainian, Uzbek, Polish, and Armenian food at the BYOB deli. The eatery serves lunch and dinner, hosts events and parties, and stages live music every Saturday.
A licensed psychologist, marriage and family therapist, and clinical hypnotherapist for 35 years, Dr. Harvey G. Davisson puts each component of his education to good use at Diet by Design. His weight-loss programs spur patients toward their fitness goals with unique blends of appetite suppressants, low-calorie diets, and even hypnosis. The prescription HCG system pairs injections of a fat-torching hormone with a special diet calibrated to rapidly shed pounds. The metabolizer program augments suppressants with an analysis of the root cause of weight gain. Through psychological counseling and hypnotherapy, Dr. Davisson helps patients reshape bad habits, such as eating after the fridge has gone to sleep for the night.