The doctors and staff of MediPro Direct Slim use a truly holistic approach to weight loss—that is, they target fat from both the inside and out. Their arsenal of noninvasive fat-reduction technology handles the job from the outside, calling on lasers, sound waves, and mechanical massage to flush fat from the body in treatments that can be performed in as little as a lunch break. The Cavi-Lipo system, meanwhile, uses ultrasound energy to painlessly perforate fat cells in a treatment that has been demonstrated in real-time at trade shows and featured on Dr. Oz.
To spur weight loss from within, the team offers a number of effective weight-loss programs. According to the client's body type and weight loss goals, the experts can devise a regimen that incorporates specialized protein or low-calorie nutrition plans to help bodies shed pounds and gain energy.
Licensed massage therapist Genevieve Carey graduated from the East-West College of the Healing Arts, where she studied anatomy, pathology, and kinesiology. Today she draws on an array of modalities, such as Swedish and deep-tissue massage as she tailors her sessions to each client's needs. Genevieve is a member of the Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals, and she also specializes in orthopedic and medical massage. The latter approach soothes injuries and chronic conditions such as hip, back, and neck problems, often accompanying conventional treatments for trauma, fibromyalgia, and lower back pain. Orthopedic massages aim to shorten recovery time while retraining tension patterns developed in daily life.
A group of self-described "lavish ladies" founded Lavish Medical Aesthetics and Day Spa to satisfy their shared obsession for beauty. Today, they're still scratching that itch by performing advanced aesthetic services in a warm and intimate setting. Raquel, one of the team's talented aestheticians, specializes in applying eyelash extensions from Lavish, which bears no relation to the spa despite its similar name. The semi-permanent lashes last for weeks before they fall out naturally; an optional two-week fill replaces lashes that have been rudely plucked by fellow commuters on the train.
Jeb helps clients attain overall wellness using his certifications as a massage therapist, chiropractic assistant, and yoga instructor. He soothes sore muscles with gentle, gliding strokes and invigorates bodies during sports massages. He also guides clients through yoga poses and doles out tips on winning Simon Says during one-on-one sessions.
Trigger Point Massage’s therapist, Alma Frankenstein, began her working life as a beekeeper on an organic farm. Though that job kept her isolated from other people, Alma says that it actually allowed her to learn certain skills that translate to her work as a massage therapist—skills such as being patient, maintaining quietude, and ensuring that people don’t smell too strongly of flowers. In both situations, the practitioner has to pay close attention to the needs of her subject, which can be communicated both verbally and nonverbally, through a carefully orchestrated dance.
Alma now works as a massage therapist who isn’t content to just foster relaxation; rather, she uses deep-tissue trigger-point therapy to unknot muscles that have been tightly wound by repetitive motion and strain, poor posture, and injury. With the help of unscented organic coconut oil, she un-kinks these muscles in a quiet room with live plants that flourish in the rays of natural light. A table warmer chases away the chill, and an electric fan adds a breeze on warm days.
For spa owner and Aveda-trained cosmetologist Jenica Zimmer, it’s what’s on the inside that counts. That’s why she only stocks organic and environmentally friendly products such as Davines, a haircare line that adopted a carbon-neutral policy for its serums. The care that goes into selecting these products is echoed by the treatments themselves, with stylists trimming hair or selecting colors to flatter clients’ features.
Back in the spa area, aestheticians can be found brightening and smoothing complexions with botanical-based treatments, including a papaya-and-pineapple mask. The skincare specialists also customize facials to address each client’s skin type and apply makeup for special events or dance performances. In addition to removing hair from the usual places—such as eyebrows and bikini lines—they concentrate on oft-ignored areas including ears, noses, and second noses.