The stresses of everyday life dissipate at the hands of Desert Palms Alternative Health’s licensed massage therapists, who relieve tension and aches within the confines of an all-purpose health spa. Led by massage therapist, alternative healer, and Canadian expat James R. Davis, the team culls techniques from a wide range of modalities—from the long, flowing strokes of Swedish to the penetrating warmth of hot-stone massage. Their breadth of knowledge allows them to cultivate massages that treat patients as individuals and even accommodate special conditions such as pregnancy.
The alternative healing center’s customized spa services don’t end with massages. Within the serene confines of a private treatment room, licensed aesthetician Samantha rejuvenates skin with AgeSmart back treatments and natural facials that take advantage of clay’s sibling rivalry with dirt. When she isn’t exfoliating faces and backs, Samantha spreads warm wax across the body to swiftly and gently remove unwanted hair.
Card sharks place their bets at Lucky Derby Casino's smoke-free blackjack and poker tables before heading over to Rounders Sports Bar for hearty steak dinners, billiards, and darts. Appetizing niblets ready hunger pangs for their fate, as couples sip on selections from the beer and wine list. A 12-ounce cut of tender rib-eye steak or tilapia whispers sweet nothings to taste buds, as a potato and veggies skulk on the side, always the bridesmaid. After dinner, chalk up some cues for eight felt-pelting rounds of pool or test precision tossing skills at the dartboard. Fifteen high-definition TVs rain down sporting events pumped into the pub by ESPN GamePlan and NFL Sunday Ticket, and comics make with the chuckling during open-mic Tuesday. The athletics-themed venue fills up with the sounds of amateur crooning on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights as singers take the karaoke stage.
Two areas of Susan DeLacy's life prepared her to be the therapist behind Holistic Massage. The first is pretty straightforward: more than 900 hours of education and practicum, which led to her certification in holistic massage, lomi lomi massage, and several other modalities. Second: her more than two decades working in the stress-heavy professional world, an experience which has given her a deep understanding of the tensions and troubles caused by the stresses of one's personal and professional life. Tucked inside Studio Salons, DeLacy's haven of relaxation encourages clients to shed their worries, tensions, and itchy wings as their sessions proceed.
Aspiring cosmetologists and estheticians get an education and hands-on training at Hoss Lee Academy—all under the under the supervision of licensed instructors. These instructors work to fill their students' spray bottles with industry knowledge so that they pass the California State Board Exam when their coursework is complete and their mannequins get approached by modeling agencies. Students hone their skills by completing services such as haircuts, color treatments, and facials, as well as manicures, waxing, and makeup applications.
Certified colon hydrotherapist Dr. Barry Wachs, whose detoxing services have been profiled in Style magazine, clears and cleanses the body's lowermost tributaries through gentle irrigation. The discreet, hygienic facilities at The Colon Therapy Center include private treatment rooms and bathrooms, disposable plastic accessories, and plumbing that emits filtered water as pure as Snow White's thoughts. Dr. Wachs also helps clients rid their bodies of poisons with ionic footbaths, which employ ionic and low-voltage energy to banish internal detritus into the basin's roiling currents.
Technicians at NuYu at Studio 110 work to improve skin elasticity, clear up acne, and combat general signs of aging through diverse approaches. Among other body treatments, galvanic contouring sessions work to minimize the dimples caused by cellulite by sending a current through cells that tickles fat deposits into submission.