Once cited as a Spa to Get the Red Carpet Treatment in the Editor’s Pick section of 944 Magazine, The Chocolate Day Spa indulges its clients with spa services as decadent as a box of chocolate truffles. During a whoopie-cream massage, the spa’s signature shea-butter lotion softens skin and prevents friction as the massage therapist applies gentle pressure and performs gliding strokes. A treat for the senses, the chocolate-scented massage immerses clients in the aroma of cocoa to save them the trouble of visiting the great chocolate lakes of Appalachia. The spa even takes the guilt out of the indulgence it encourages by providing such slimming treatments as infrared-sauna sessions and Endermologie treatments. Inside the med spa, laser light works to lift faces, tighten eyes, and plump lips, and Botox and Juvéderm reduce the appearance of wrinkles.
Seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., women and men alike head into My Head 2 Toe for relaxing reflexology and massage services. A state-licensed therapist instills clients with relaxation via massages ranging from deep tissue to prenatal to shiatsu. Either inside My Head 2 Toe's general open area or inside a private treatment room, clients can enjoy reflexology packages incorporating techniques first used by ancient Egyptians that promote more blood and lymphatic flow than a rapping hematologist.
Under the leadership of research scientist Dr. Jacob Swilling, PhD, the team at Know Your Options Wellness Center promotes overall sound health through alternative medicine. Their services range from lymphatic drainage and colon hydrotherapy to intravenous vitamins therapies and chelation, a treatment used by some to draw heavy metals out of the body. They use infrared saunas to promote detoxification through sweating, while their nutritional counseling helps clients draft diets free from preservatives and light on Play-Doh spaghetti.
Getting fit doesn't have to be just a boring routine. At Shape-Up Fitness Center, each workout can be a little different than the one before. One day might call for an invigorating spin workout in the brand-new, 29-bike studio; another day might include a Vinyasa Flow yoga or cardio dance class. Along with the wide variety of group classes, the newly renovated fitness center also has more than 40 state-of-the-art cardio machines. And after a great workout, members can treat themselves to a revitalizing facial or an infrared sauna treatment at the Shape-Up facial lounge and spa.
Under the guidance of Dr. Monica Bonakdar, M.D., clinical aesthetician Liz Brodersen renews vitality to faces and bodies through a slew of non-invasive laser treatments and cosmetic dermatology. The center’s revitalizing Vivite 70% glycolic peel minimizes the appearance and sassy attitude of pores, lines, and wrinkles through time-released pulses of sugary acids and natural antioxidants, all without many ornery side effects. Skin as tough as a superhero’s nails after a mega-manicure mellows into baby softness as the tingling mystique of alpha hydroxy acids heals faces, easing dead skin cells away from cheeks and chins. Post-treatment, new skin layers stay guarded by the lingering flush of glycolic acid and She-Ra’s bejeweled Sword of Protection.
Mermaids are known for their flawless beauty, which, if they were real, would most likely be the result of spending all day soaking in an ocean full of seaweed. At Seaweed Sok, clients can take a beauty tip from these captivating beauties by soaking in elegant, claw-footed tubs filled with water and undulating sheets of translucent, green seaweed from the west of Ireland. For further proof of the botanical baths’ efficacy, a chalkboard sign lists the touted benefits, including detoxification, relaxation, and softer skin for those with eczema or psoriasis. Seaweed soaks are the spa's specialty, but an infrared sauna continues the detoxification and relaxation long after patrons towel off.