Members at Curves, a fitness center designed for women, rotate around a circuit of hydraulic resistance machines that have been designed to work with female bodies and promote weight loss, strengthen bones, and increase metabolism. An experienced trainer is always nearby to help manage participants’ machine maneuvering and muscle making. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks and losing momentum, the hydraulic machines use your own body weight, fitness level, and aerodynamic water bottles to create resistance that matches abilities, decreasing the risk of soreness or injury. Because traditional lift-and-lower motions can create bulky muscles, each machine uses push-and-pull motions to help create toned, lean muscles perfect for crushing a grapefruit without looking like you can.
At Hibiscus Boutique Spa, clients’ relaxation begins before their appointments, with soft music playing in the lobby where a fountain gently bubbles. Each appointment begins with a consultation that helps the staff personalize massages, facials, and spa services to optimally satisfy each guest’s unique needs. The staff blends more than 150 raw ingredients including clays, herbs, essential oils, and flower waters to craft their own masks, toners, and serums in-house. Visitors may enjoy complimentary herbal tea and chocolate during their stay.
Michelle Lynn Battermann draws upon nearly two decades of experience in the fields of holistic medicine, nutrition, and wellness. Those skills come in handy at Thairapeutics, the salon, spa, and health center she’s owned and run since 2003. In her years of researching healing methods from the East and West, she's earned certifications as a massage therapist, a personal trainer, a naturopathic doctor, a nutrition specialist, a barber, and a cosmetologist—and she brings all of these to bear during her work at Thairapeutics. Her clients might include injured athletes, those looking to lose weight, and patrons in need of pain relief. Michelle and her staff tackle the issues at hand with a holistic outlook, addressing physical symptoms as well as mental ones.
While fixing these issues, the team tends to rely on chemical-free plant-based products. Formulas from Eminence Organics augment facials, and Innersense Beauty haircare serums strengthen locks. Thairapeutics also devises 6- to 12-week programs around specific goals or ailments. A nutrition program, for example, covers procedures for improving hair and skin in addition to dietary guidance, and a program for chronic stress blends Eastern massage therapies with focused stretching and breathing exercises.
At Blesk Salon & Spa, stylists fold hair into foils, curl it into locks, and snip its ends. Those are just a few of the salon's services, which range from cuts and coloring to smoothing treatments. The team can shampoo and trim locks, or change their hue with glossing, highlights, or a joke guaranteed to make roots blush. Should their clients wish to change their hair's texture, the specialists can add volume with perms or decrease frizz with smoothing Brazilian Blowouts.
As an award-winning acupuncturist and professor of integrative medicine who was raised in a family of Western medical practitioners, Bina Jangda views wellness from a range of perspectives. Bina specializes in women's health, blending the millennia-old traditions of Chinese medicine with modern techniques to address her patients' gynecological, reproductive, and aging concerns. She also merges these disparate traditions to help men and women lose weight and detoxify their bodies with the help of custom diet plans and regular acupuncture treatments. Meanwhile, the Lifecycles program tailors acupuncture, herbal medicine, and nutrition regimens to the needs of women at every stage of their lives, from adolescence to pregnancy to grounding their own adolescents.
A California-licensed naturopathic doctor, Robert Paul Duplain addresses health issues through a combination of natural medicine and Western medical science. Instead of treating individual symptoms, Dr. Duplain susses out the underlying causes behind these symptoms, employing physical medicine, clinical nutrition, homeopathy, botanical medicine, hydrotherapy, and counseling to remedy acute and chronic conditions. As guests enter the health center, Dr. Duplain walks them through the naturopathic process, speaking about health goals and symptoms before conducting a physical exam to explore what might be interfering with their overall well-being. Dr. Duplain and his patients then work together to form a treatment plan that promotes recovery through noninvasive measures.
Since everyone experiences life through one medium—their bodies—professional Rolfer Jed Bentley uses his hands-on skills to ensure those bodies are in good working order. As a certified Rolfer, Jed has studied the ways in which all parts of the body are connected, and he knows how to correct ailments with manual adjustments of the fascia—the body's connective tissue. When fascia constricts, it causes bodily pain and poor posture. Once it has been adjusted during a Rolfing session, the body can stand taller and straighter without any additional effort and with less pain. Jed emphasizes that Rolfing addresses emotional troubles as well as physical ones—clients who have tension in certain areas due to trauma or negative experiences need to communicate that before the session to see long-lasting results, usually in a few months. Clients who wish to better acquaint themselves with the Rolfing process can peruse the FAQ here.