Aesthetician and PCA Skin certified professional Heather Fowler at Renew Skin Therapy begins every session—whether a rejuvenating facial or a chemical peel—with a skin analysis. From there, she settles on the proper cleansers to tackle each client’s specific skin woes, whether the hope is to mask the signs of aging, quench dry spots, or reverse the hexes that cursed clients with chameleon skin. Each client is sent home with a tailored home regimen to optimize and prolong their facial treatment. Also offering waxing services to their repertoire, many of the spa’s chosen effective PCA Skin and Skin Fitness Therapy products are infused with natural scents and ingredients such as pumpkin, aloe vera, cranberry, and agave margarita, many of which are organic and environmentally friendly.
The I-ACT certified technicians at Alternative Wellness Day Spa steer clients toward stronger health with holistic treatments including infrared body wraps, massages, and colon-hydrotherapy sessions. Shawna, the colon hydrotherapist, entered the field over a decade ago after forays with the treatment produced a significant uptick in her own health. She now works alongside a massage therapist with over 1,000 hours of tension-battling experience to improve the health and well-being of their clients.
Wine-tinted curtains separate the comfortable lounge area from the private colon-hydrotherapy treatment rooms, where guests recline in specialized seats designed to ensure comfort and restore healthy gastrointestinal function.
Brothers Nick and Jeremy Schembri realign spines with careful manipulations, readily treating pain from fibromyalgia, auto-accident injuries, headaches, and overeager taxi hailing. Exams and x-rays help the doctors of chiropractic pinpoint mechanical hitches and chart their origins throughout the physique. Furthering the brothers' shared passion for health and wellness, licensed massage therapists spelunk into sore spots with the pressurized strokes of a deep-tissue massage, usually in order to prime bodies for chiropractic treatment or late-night break-dancing battles.
The experienced alternative-medicine practitioners of Happy Cloud Acupuncture recognize that the body’s natural healing processes are powerful; that it can heal itself with the right aid. So, they give bodies a push in the right direction by focusing on treating the body as a whole, rather than treating only problem areas, and by employing holistic therapies, such as acupuncture, chiropractic, cupping, and massage, that will help bodies fix themselves. They believe that, as Thomas Edison once said, “The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest her or his patients in the care of the human frame, in a proper diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease," and that these doctors will be cyborgs.
In a candlelit room with a heated massage table and the dulcet notes of quiet music, Don of Massage by Don uses a healing touch during relaxing and therapeutic massage. He customizes the massage to each client’s particular needs, drawing on modalities such as Swedish, sports, deep tissue, and reflexology. Don has extensive experience with athletes and auto-accident victims.
Kevin Brooks had never seen anything like this before: the woman lying on his massage table had not been able to bend over without experiencing excruciating pain in her abdomen for about a year. With only 15 minutes left in the session, Kevin's trained hands dug in to her tense psoas muscles, which span the lower spine to the top of the thigh. Following this application of deep-tissue technique, the client bent to put on her shoes and gasped. The pain was gone. This is why Kevin maintains that massage therapists shouldn't sell a type of massage; they should sell relief from pain.
Twelve years ago, he founded Simply Kneaded to provide his clientele with relief from aches and tension. His massage therapists use any technique at their disposal, be it deep-tissue work, acupressure, or lullabies sung in solfège, to disperse pain or immobility. Today, his business has expanded to multiple locations, and he carefully screens each of his therapists according to his own rigorous standards and in accordance with the frequent political coups of the American Massage Therapy Association.