Every morning, the lotus flower surfaces from the murky water and unfurls its brilliant petals in the sun’s warmth. This image of a lotus flower blooming on the sign outside A Rich Experience Massage & Wellness Spa hints at this process of perpetual renewal. The spa's team attempts to help patrons blossom, drawing out inner beauty in minimalist rooms to help create a calm and peaceful atmosphere.
During skincare treatments, the staff's medical aesthetician analyzes facial features before refreshing them with products from Botanical Science. Muscles purr smoothly under the hands of a licensed massage therapist, who, unlike an Olympic gymnastics coach, uses pressure to relieve tension.
At Peaceful Spirit, owner and licensed massage therapist Mara Concordia and her staff help patients attain improved wellness through therapies that balance their physical and mental energies. To do so, they consult with each client and create tailored, integrative care plans that may draw upon treatments such as acupuncture, chiropractic care, and spa therapies. Through such customized care, Peaceful Spirit's practitioners have helped patients overcome everyday ailments as well as manage diseases such as Parkinson's and cancer.
They also focus on teaching clients how to heal themselves through classes in Qi Gong, an ancient Chinese healing philosophy that combines simple movements and attentive breathing in order to cleanse the body and cultivate life force—known as qi or chi. In addition to Peaceful Spirit's five locations, therapists can meet patients in their homes or tree houses.
Craig’s first brush with massage therapy came during a summer gymnastics workout when he was 13. A peer introduced him to the benefits of massage prior to a workout. Since then, he has not only gotten massages regularly, but now provides them to others. As a fully licensed massage therapist, Craig helps his clients find relief from pain with Swedish, deep-tissue, trigger-point, and reflexology massage techniques.
Relaxed sighs ride a wave of gentle scents from Alchemista, where staff draws upon the therapeutic properties of essential oils and handmade organic products. The Fall Harvest aromatherapy body buff tickles noses and seduces the senses with spices reminiscent of carving pumpkins, raking leaves, and harvesting bountiful crops of scarecrows. The body buff scrubs away dead skin cells and hydrates the healthy layer underneath, revealing a glowing, even-toned façade. The blue-corn body treatment combines seasonal corn and sugarcane extracts to soften skin sheathes like an apology note from reformed UV rays. A full-body hot-stone massage from a licensed therapist augments the blue-corn treatment with soothing pressure and aromatherapy. The massage alleviates muscle tension, stimulates circulation, and tests geological knowledge with the gentle warmth of heated rocks.
The aestheticians at Vanish administer dozens of facial treatments that keep skin looking young and healthy. Depending on the client's goals, they might apply one of five chemical peels or one of five facials, such as a gentlemen's facial or deep-clarifying acne facial. For more intense makeovers, a physician applies cosmetic injectables such as Botox. Additionally, Vanish's staff beautifies clients' minds with acupuncture treatments and guided meditation sessions.
When he was in middle school, Dr. Richard Casabona was the only one in his school with Dr. in front of his name. But at that time, he also had allergies so debilitating that he couldn’t focus in school or play football outside. Noticing that pregame chiropractic care relieved his symptoms and let him tackle with ease, he realized he'd found his calling. Dr. Casabona eventually had the chance to study with some of his field's most knowledgeable professionals—studying he cultivated into his own authority in the field.
He brings that expertise to the practice he's been running since 1989, when the Internet was just a twinkle in the fax machine’s eye. Today, his treatments include chiropractic specialties such as the Gonstead and Pettibon techniques. Dr. Casabona's favorite achievement, however, is educating his patients so they can rely on their own intuition and wellness wisdom.