The husband-and-wife team behind Wellness Spa on 5th Avenue knows firsthand how debilitating toxins can be. Bobbi Thompson attributes allergen sensitivities and weight challenges to her childhood mercury exposure from amalgam fillings and pesticides. Now a registered nurse and colon hydrotherapy practitioner, Thompson has dedicated her life to healing herself and others. Her spouse, Jerry Besing, can attest to her passion. After suffering a major health challenge in 2003, he became increasingly interested in detoxifying treatments, and took a wellness-coaching class at The School of Integrative Healing, directed by Thompson. He is now trained in services ranging from cellulite reduction to lymphatic drainage.
Each relaxing, impurity-targeting treatment takes place within a quaint, Victorian-style house. The crew also sells nontoxic pet products that keep dog, cats, and cherished pet rocks healthy without harming the environment.
Within Red Rocks Banya's traditional Russian sauna, nothing has changed since medieval times. The steamy, wood-paneled banya is steeped in history as much as sweat—it harks back to a ritual that has opened pores and provided warmth in the icy Russian climes for centuries. The spa's rustic decor, punctuated with Russian nesting dolls and trinkets, heightens the sense of historicity. After an organic honey-mask treatment and a glass of organic herbal tea, clients can slip into the candlelit cold-plunge pool to cool down or easily remove the skin from tomatoes.
Led by Doctor of Chiropractic Jake Simpson, the figure-shaping team at LoHi Lipo Laser smoothes the appearance of cellulite with 45-minute noninvasive Zerona laser treatments. As clients recline on a massage table or levitate in mid-air, Zerona-certified technicians pass the laser over the skin, where it liquefies the cell-bound fat and releases it into the space between cells. The lymphatic system absorbs and metabolizes the fat, ushering it toward the exits. While lasers battle fat cells beneath the surface, clients read, meditate, or read about dogs who meditate. The Zerona laser targets specific hard-to-exercise areas and can show smoother skin in six sessions.
Many spas soothe their clients with the latest trends and relaxation techniques. Banya Spa, however, prefers a centuries-old tradition. An updated version of the ancient wooden Russian bath houses, the spa uses the power of steam and heat to cleanse and ease pain. A private mosaic-tiled steam room, heated marble benches, and wood-paneled saunas—with the option for wet or dry-salt heat—help to boost circulation and thaw the frozen burritos their users brought as snacks.
The heat-focused treatments also open up pores to help the occupants work up a healthy sweat, at least, until a subsequent cold-water plunge washes that sweat away and provides an invigorating jolt. Bodies can be further detoxified with a body scrub, which combines Colorado organic honey with natural sea salt to exfoliate and moisturize skin. As another way to lift tension from muscles and joints, the staff performs a variety of massages and sessions with a platza—a fragrant bundle of tree branches that's struck against the body to exfoliate the skin and open up the pores. Respiratory health can be improved with essential oils and aromatherapy, with or without heat.
While the health benefits may be the largest draw at Lake Steam Baths, the fact that they come packaged in relaxing treatments doesn't hurt. Day passes grant access to the spa's detoxifying rooms, which contain an assortment of soothing heat therapies. The signature treatment, of course, is the steam bath. This room is filled with moist clouds of steam, which are infused with eucalyptus oil to further open the pores. And to make the day more luxurious than wearing pants lined with $100 bills, choose from add-on treatments such as exfoliating salt or soap scrubs, reflexology, or massage.
Growing up on a farm, Dr. Olivia saw from a very early age that a harmonious relationship with nature can assist the body with its most basic needs. It's a lesson she's carried through her entire life, and at Distinct Touch, The Bodywork Center, she translates this earth-based philosophy into holistic and alternative healthcare.
Dr. Olivia's evaluation treatments include body scans, auricular therapy that uses reflexology points in the ear, and capno therapy, during which clients use a machine called a capnometer to evaluate their breathing. Dr. Olivia then helps her clients optimize their health via cupping and the multi-tool QNRT, which stands for Quantum Neurological Reset Therapy.