After receiving her first colonic to ease a bout of chronic intestinal distress, Angela Brake was hooked. Impressed by the efficacy of the treatment, to which she also attributes her relief from lower-back pain and a boost in overall energy, Angela earned an I-ACT hydrotherapy certification so that she could share the holistic healing method with others. In 2008, Angela opened Natural Wellness, with a gravity-fed and double-filtered hydrotherapy system as the clinic's centerpiece. With Angela's guidance, her patients undergo the same cleansing process that helped her overcome her ailments and benefit from common posttreatment feelings of lightness and increased energy.
MiBella Wellness Center's medical director, Dr. Mia T. Cowan, revealed two important facts in a Birmingham Business Journal interview—that her guiding principle in business is to always be respectful to others and that if she could have any super power, it would be x-ray vision. Dr. Cowan helps patients improve their health through diet programs and vitamin injections. Additional cosmetic procedures, such as SmartLipo, result in figures svelte enough to shimmy into packed elevators or tuck behind trees during hide-and-seek.
Dr. Matthew Parker of Heritage Medicine wards off Father Time's wrinkly wrath with nonsurgical, FDA-approved Botox treatments. During the appointment, a steady-handed doctor injects Botox into the creased area, slowing down hyperactive muscles by blocking nerve impulses and putting up stop signs on every skin corner. Results take up to 30 days to fully materialize and the smooth-skin serum can fade frown lines for up to four months. Faces may experience mild discomfort during the injections but an ice pack eases the aches of sending your face back in time. The entire appointment lasts approximately 30 to 45 minutes and results in no downtime, so visages can return to normal activities immediately, such as balancing wine bottles on eyelashes.
Healthy Connections simplifies nutritional eating with fully cooked, well-balanced meals. Guided by UAB's EatRight program, the Healthy Connections chef concocts 1,800-calorie-a-day meal plans brimming with low-sodium ingredients and cholesterol-busting recipes designed to stimulate weight loss more easily than donating one's limbs to science. Recent dinners included chicken alfredo with sautéed vegetables, almond-crusted pork with mashed sweet potatoes and steamed broccoli, or oriental beef stir fry with brown rice.
Laser light is a quick, nearly painless, and effective method for removing unwanted hair. A long-pulse, high-energy laser emits a gentle beam of light that harmlessly passes through the skin and directly targets follicles, effectively treating unwanted hair. Unlike the lasers utilized by popular film hero and 2010 California gubernatorial hopeful Iron Man, these friendly beams are easy on the skin and treat hair follicles faster than other methods. Annihilate the roots of unwanted human fur in one treatment area—the upper lip and chin ($750), ears ($450), neck ($750), underarms ($900), or bikini line ($750). Combine the powers of two Groupons to devastate twice as many personal forests, or to hit an especially tenacious area with six laser nukes.