Mind, Body & Flow was voted one of the best new businesses in the East Valley Tribune's Best of the East Valley 2011 awards for harnessing the body?s innate ability to bring itself into balance. As you step into their 1,700-square-foot facility, the deep-red walls of the reception area and clean, spa-like treatment rooms invite rejuvenating relaxation.
The crew also combats stress and physical maladies with a repertoire of holistically minded treatments, including infrared-sauna sessions, nutritional programs, and body wraps, whose infrared rays can help clients relax, reduce fat, and alleviate pain and joint stiffness. Deft massage therapists deploy various forms of massage to calm the autonomic nervous system, enabling clients to play Operation for hours without flinching. Recently, Mind, Body, & Flow has expanded its service scope to include chiropractic care and functional medicine, which work in tandem to align the body, detoxify it, and promote healing. By integrating such treatments, clients achieve inner balance while combating underlying obstacles blocking their path to total wellness.
The staff at The Body Shop Massage & Day Spa promotes both inward wellness and outward beauty. Aestheticians use mostly natural ingredients to leave skin on the face or body smoother and more youthful than a freshly shaven stegosaurus. Licensed massage therapists employ five types of modalities to relieve tension and stress. Clients find inner balance during acupuncture treatments and hypnotherapy sessions, which help break unhealthy habits such as smoking, overeating, or sleeping on a bed of hot coals. The lobby area welcomes guests with candle sconces and a pleasing mix of modern and vintage-style d?cor.
Licensed aesthetician and massage therapist Sigita Wendorf leads the staff at The Body Shop Day Spa in crafting spa treatments more relaxing than a lullaby duet by Yanni and Enya. Several massage modalities, including reiki and reflexology, relieve muscle tension, while facial and body treatments soothe skin. A fireplace in the waiting room casts shadows on vases full of blossoms, and throughout the spa, the walls showcase images from nature, such as fog-obscured trees and beach turtles playing Marco Polo.
Planet Beach is a futuristic relaxation station where state-of-the-art machines administer all services. Weary muscles can luxuriate in the completely dry hydro-massage bed as jets of water focus on pressure points along the spine and quietly sing sea chanteys to muscle knots until they succumb to the siren song of relaxation. The FDA-approved Luminous facial combines light therapy with topical spa products to tighten and clear skin, and oxygen therapy teams with aromatherapy to stimulate the body and calm the mind. Today's deal can also include a series of UV-free Mystic Spray tans, the airbrush application of which leads to a streak-free gold tone that attracts the eye of the swimmers and grizzled prospectors who populate the beach. The teeth-whitening treatment uses peroxide and premium-grade LED light to help lift tooth stains during 15-minute sessions.
Hawaiian Experience Spa welcomes visitors to relax and enjoy all the perks of a tropical vacation without the pricey plane ticket. Owners Steve and Cathy Ibach both studied Hawaiian lomi lomi massage in Maui and decided to bring the unique style to their massage studios in Scottsdale and Chandler. There, it plays a starring role on a menu of island-inspired treatments that include massages performed with hot sea shells or volcanic lava rocks and body scrubs and wraps that use Kaua'i clay and organic lavender grown in Maui. A centuries-old technique, the lomi lomi massage sees therapists incorporating their forearms as they run long strokes down the entire length of the body, massaging both the front and underside at once. To make the service extra-indulgent, Hawaiian Experience Spa's therapists can enhance the lomi lomi massage with coconut oil and sea salt or incorporate a special oil that helps fight cellulite and makes tight pants a cinch to slip into.
Each facility beams with a Hawaiian theme, from sand-colored furnishings and bamboo accents to a front desk modeled after a tiki bar. The friendly, relaxing atmosphere makes the spa a great place for parties. During parties, guests can enjoy snacks and music while enjoying their choice of treatments, including any type of massage or facials performed with ?minence organic skincare products.
QuiescentCare Acupuncture's Michele Etheridge worked as a registered nurse for 30 years before making the move into Oriental medicine. For her, it wasn?t necessarily an about-face. Her experience in Western medicine enhances her practice in Oriental medicine, giving her a deep bench of techniques to draw from when she's faced with clients with a wide range of conditions.
Her services center around the benefits of acupuncture, during which she uses hair-thin needles to improve the flow of the body's energy. When blocked, this energy can cause an illness to worsen or stress can to turn into fatigue. Depending on placement of the needles, she aims to help clients overcome everything from joint pain and digestive issues to weight problems and addiction to smoking. She also helps clients manage pain in an infrared sauna that also works to purge the body of toxins.