Surrounded by a bustling practice at Victory Healing Arts⎯where a chiropractor, massage therapist, and physical therapist all work⎯board-certified and licensed acupuncturist Lauren Wolfersberger tunes out unwanted distractions to focus solely on her patients. Within a private room in a new office, relaxing melodies play as Lauren targets her clients’ pain, anxiety, depression, and conditions such as diabetes, smoking addiction, or imaginary-twin syndrome. Lauren eschews medical treatments and instead utilizes holistic techniques, such as acupuncture, cupping, and gua sha, in order to restore bodily unity to her patients.
Beauty experts say that it's important to make sure your dermatologist or med spa doesn't use just one laser to treat a wide variety of concerns. Chances are, that laser will do one or two things really well and probably pop a bag of popcorn in a pinch, but it won't effectively treat every skin concern. That's where the Art of Natural Beauty Center really shines. It boasts 10 distinctive laser machines, which can be used to enhance almost every area of the body.
One noninvasive laser shrinks fat cells and reduces the appearance of cellulite. Another microablative laser resurfaces faces and fades fine lines and wrinkles. Still another removes unwanted tattoos. Before performing many of these treatments, technicians use a Skintel melanin reader to make sure the lasers are set to the appropriate setting for the client's skin.
Such high-tech treatments likely bring to mind a stark doctor's-office environment, and yet, the spa-like Art of Natural Beauty Center relaxes with a mixture of candles, calming music, and refreshments. It also fine-tunes bodies with pampering spa services, including glow-enhancing body scrubs, French green clay algae wraps, and customized facials that start with face mapping.
Green Spa and Wellness Center has received recognition from neighborhood guides and politicos alike for its eco-friendly business practices and top-notch services. Within this three-story oasis, a team of therapists is joined by a master acupuncturist and an in-house doctor to deliver skin treatments, massages, and holistic healing. Visitors might stop in for organic facials and naturally derived body wraps that revitalize pores, waxing and threading treatments that defuzz the furry parts of birthday suits, or vegan polishes that leave nails pretty and free of bacon bits. Designed as a place where clients can spend the entire day, the spa also offers light, healthy lunches, a garden for high tea, and adult libations.
Diane Paxton of Inner Fire Integrative Health Services brings 23 years of experience to her detox programs, Chinese therapies, and colonic-irrigation treatments. This vocation wasn't her first, though. It took a journey through the world of desk jobs and stay-at-home motherhood accompanied by a long list of aches and ailments to discover she was truly destined for a career in alternative medicine.
Laced in a decorative color scheme of calming tans and beiges, Inner Fire's tranquil office offers a calming backdrop to the center's natural medical methods. Treatment rooms house minimalistic paintings and simple foliage displays, which evoke a sense of the outdoors and provide camouflage during games of hide-and-seek.
Personal health consultants used to be considered a luxury reserved for the rich or for inventors who built their own robot doctors. Triomph’s team of health professionals seeks to defy this convention by lending their knowledge to help patrons of all income levels change their eating habits and stick to an exercise regimen to improve their overall wellness. Their personal programs combine custom fitness plans, nutritional advice, and unlimited support in individual or group training sessions, in which the instructors roam the room offering personal advice and motivation. In addition to working out, guests can restore sore muscles with massage or acupuncture therapy, and recharge with refreshments from the organic juice bar.
When Dara was growing up, she was often picked last in gym class because she couldn't keep her eye on the ball. Nowadays, however, her fitness regimen is ball-free—and she's so passionate about it, she started her own fitness studio: Sacred. Primarily a yoga studio, the center specializes in Evolation Yoga, which blends the flexibility and cardio benefits of Bikram yoga with meditation. However, other classes complement the flowing hot yoga workouts in Dara's curriculum, ranging from hot Pilates to fusion dance and more sultry dances. Pole dance sessions, for example, cover basic spins and floorwork, whereas the Bed-Stuy Burlesque class teaches students to peel off stockings, gloves, and other garb to reveal their sexy wetsuits.