In-Spiraling Movement Arts' co-director Lisa Marie Goodwin-Rice first became intrigued by the Gyrotonic Expansion System while she was dancing for companies such as LA Classical Ballet. Today, she shares her knowledge with students as one of only 16 Gyrotonic Expansion System master trainers throughout the world. Her spouse and directing partner, degreed biologist Jessie Rice, shares her interest in dance and also brings a scientific expertise in physical health.
In Gyrotonic classes, students stretch and twist with the help of pulleys, platforms, and an ape throwing barrels. The exercise style takes inspiration from sources as diverse as dance, gymnastics, and tai chi. The smooth motions of the machines used in the class minimize the risk of injury. Gyrokinesis classes combine the same undulating movements and sources of inspiration as Gyrotonics, but require no equipment other than a floor mat.
In-Spiraling Movement Arts' spa treatments promote wellness with ingredients such as Arnica Gold, a product of Jessie's own invention that causes pores to cry "Eureka!" Body wraps with the minerals of organic moor mud smooth cellulite deposits and slim the physique. The spa's infrared sauna raises internal temperatures and stimulates blood flow to improve the condition of skin and facilitate oxygen distribution.
The Eco Chateau team seeks to help the masses at their spa, which fuses luxury and wellness. There, professionals combine modern therapies with ancient spa rituals to unclog stress channels and promote healing. Detox treatments such as juice cleanses, infrared-sauna sessions, and the cheekily named Chanel No. 2 colon hydrotherapy free bodies from invasive toxins and environmental stressors. Massage therapists tame unruly muscles with different massage modalities, including Basalt Stone Therapy Massage, which uses aromatic oils and heated stones to ease deep aches and pains, or Heavenly Massage, which uses long and flowing strokes to soothe and relax. They also offer 10 variations of organic facials and waxing that rids faces of unwanted hair or shapes eyebrows into re-creations of Charlie Chaplin?s mustache.
A wildly successful alternative to traditional day spas—its more than 300 locations blanket 36 states and half a dozen countries—Planet Beach Contempo Spa is a futuristic relaxation station where state-of-the-art machines administer all the spa and tanning services. These friendly automatons sometimes replace familiar treatments, as in the Luminous facial, a light-based service that delivers blemish-busting results similar to those of a conventional facial. But other equipment maps out new spa territory entirely: the Hydro-Derma Fusion chamber moisturizes the whole body with nutrient-rich steam in order to offset the effects of a dry climate or a rear-end collision with a salt truck. Other machines whiten teeth, spray tan skin, and massage muscles.
Planet Beach operates on a gym-style membership system, meaning members purchase packages or pay flat monthly rates. As members spend more time at the spa, they get to know the helpful assistants who are always on hand to demonstrate how to use the equipment without activating its ability to cry.
"I stepped out of the pod feeling almost absurdly peaceful and relaxed, wanting to do nothing more than just sit in a park somewhere and be happy and grateful." So said Mark Lukach of 7x7 after two float sessions in the 30% Epsom-salts water at Float Matrix. Named the Best Place to Alter Your Consciousness in 2010 by SF Weekly, the center lets visitors unburden themselves of stress in a soundproof, lightproof pod designed to simulate weightlessness and send brainwave patterns into a soothing theta state. The process has been scientifically researched and is based on a phenomenon called Restricted Environmental Stimulation Technique, or REST?a deeply relaxed state in which the body is believed to divert freed-up resources to address cognitive function, creativity, and conditions such as pain and broken telekinesis actuators.
Owner Kane Mantyla told Lukach, "Floating is a lot like experiencing ?nothing,? and there is no set narrative for ?nothing? in our culture.? Mantyla was inspired to found the center in 2006, after experiencing a profound healing from his own pain. He has since facilitated more than 10,000 floats, helping clients share in the blissful nothingness in a tranquil, clean environment. The saltwater?which is mostly sterile to begin with?is sanitized after each session with compound filtration, ozone, and a small amount of hydrogen peroxide. Not content to only provide one path to relaxation, the center also promotes wellness via infrared-sauna sessions.
The detox specialists at Smooth Sensations Body Balance help clients purge impurities and restore a sense of well-being. Cellulite-reduction treatments using endermologie equipment help break up unwelcome fatty deposits on thighs, buns, or midsections, and sessions in the infrared-sauna pod carry toxins away via perspiration. Ionic footbaths use gentle electric currents to draw out impurities, and facials rid skin of excess oils.
The team at Synergy Lifestyle Center, helmed by a board-certified doctor, follows a medical philosophy that true wellness requires a balance of both physical and emotional health. The professionals provide treat addictions through a combination of scientific methods and alternative practices designed to maintain that balance. The same applies to weight loss, a process they facilitate with low-level laser i-Lipo treatments, nutritional supplements, appetite suppressant medication, and Lipo-B injections, which accelerate the body's metabolism to efficiently break down fats and outlast competitors in metabolism derbies.