Within grey walls and hardwood floors that echo with the tranquil trickle of water fountains, each member of Gemini Beauty Centre’s team of professional aestheticians employs upward of 10 years of beautifying experience as they rejuvenate weary patrons from tip to toe tip. Dedicated to guest comfort, staff conducts pre-treatment consultations in order to explain impending services and address questions and concerns. Wielding luxurious beauty products imported from Europe via transatlantic games of fetch, staffers restore radiance to epidermises with advanced skincare services ranging from restorative Valmont Triple DNA treatments to Bio lifting eye treatments. Champions of banishing stress from patrons’ frames, the fingers of Gemini’s staff fly as they bombard ailing torsos with a menu of full-body treatments including monopolar firming treatments, revitalizing mud body masks, and French pedicures performed in German.
The practitioners at Ojus Healthcare all hail from India, where they each earned bachelors' of ayurvedic medicine and surgery (BAMS) degrees. Ayurveda's holistic therapies date back more than 5,000 years and are drawn from ancient Indian holy texts, or Vedas.
Using diagnostic techniques developed long before blood tests or x-ray glasses, the specialists at Ojus examine their patients' eyes, tongue, skin, and pulse to determine their overall constitution during an initial consultation. If toxins seem to be weighing a person down, a five-part panchakarma detox may be recommended. This regimen includes internal and external cleansing by way of warm oil massaged into the skin, ingested, dripped up the nose, and applied over the eyes. A steam box draws impurities out through the sweat glands and soft dough is used to form oil reservoirs on especially troubled areas.
In the late 1920s, the Great Depression was rendering most Americans professionally and financially paralyzed. But in a small California kitchen, Merle Nethercutt Norman was putting a plan in motion to formulate her own skincare products and share them with family and friends. She truly believed in her formulas, knowing that by getting them on as many faces as possible, she would develop a following of customers. She was right—within a few years she and her nephew were opening their first studio in Santa Monica, and they eventually unveiled a series of independently operated stores that enabled women to take ownership during a time of gender-based limitations such as men-only restrooms.
Today, in approximately 2,000 stores across three countries, the three basic principles of Merle's original vision still apply. Each studio is independently owned and fosters an in-depth knowledge of the company's own line of makeup and skincare products. Just as Merle shared her creations with close friends and sallow mannequins more than 80 years ago, today's aestheticians embody the business's "try before you buy" philosophy. A menu of complimentary studio services—from foundation checks to express facials—allows patrons to sample the lauded brand before committing to the purchase of products or full spa treatments.
Highgate Sports Clinic owner Dennis Drummond didn't start his career in sports rehabilitation, but that gives him a wide arsenal of western and holistic treatments with which to treat his patients. His team of doctors draw on every method available to them, from acupuncture and holistic life advice to chiropractic treatments. Services focus on prevention with natural health supplements and live-blood analysis, but they also tackle more complicated issues, such as disease, back pain, and athletic injuries.
Highgate's clients can take advantage of the manifold benefits of acupuncture, and Dr. Ranjit S. Sandhu can supplement their treatments with a wide array of chiropractic techniques such as the Gonstead, the activator method, and extremity adjusting. Dr. Sandhu and the rest of the staff also use advanced technologies to precisely analyze misalignments and energy maps throughout the body.
At Belle Oasis Beauty Centre, skilled technicians perform services ranging from relaxing to results oriented. They nourish facial skin with anti-aging products by brands such as Ingrid Millet, Dibi, and Repêchage, as well as via decadent caviar treatments or oxygenating white-tea-based formulas. The team soothes muscles with an aromatherapy massage and uses the Slim Concept microcurrent device to target cellulite and attempt to bring stuffed animals to life. Staffers also employ intense-pulsed-light technology to stimulate collagen production and combat acne.
The highly trained staff at Solaris Spa utilizes advanced technology and high-quality products to beautify bodies in a tranquil setting. Upon arrival, guests are greeted by the sound of a trickling granite waterfall, a peaceful melody designed to calm the senses and call to mind pleasant memories of a secret crush on a former plumber. Guests slip into oversized robes and cozy slippers before relaxing with a massage in a candlelit treatment room, or head to the far-infrared sauna to incite fat burn and purge the body of toxins. Aestheticians brighten men's and women's complexions during anti-aging facials, using products from the Priori line; mani-pedis are enhanced with fragrant sea salt and peppermint. The spa also specializes in laser hair-removal and skin-correction treatments, which begin with a free consultation with a certified laser technician and often end with speedier trips down playground slides.
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