Doctor of Chiropractic Michelle Binkowski is passionate about healing people, believing body work is essential to attaining ultimate health. Her staff includes massage therapists that use a variety of techniques to relieve muscle tension, melt away stress, and improve circulation. The staff also performs customized treatments to heal rotator cuffs, golfer's elbows, and knees, or to improve a client's overall mind, body, and spirit. For other ailments, Dr. Binkowski utilizes cutting-edge techniques and modalities, such as laser technology, alongside nutrition, exercise, and chiropractic care to ease pain.
Trained in sports medicine, Dr. Binkowski has worked with professional athletes, including World's Strongest Man competitors, former San Diego Chargers, members of the Buffalo Sabres and Toronto Blue Jays, triathletes, gymnasts, and LPGA golfers. Her list of clients also includes actors, actresses, and stuntman, such as Jackie Chan.
Balanced Body Therapeutic Massage's licensed therapists work to ease pain and balance out-of-whack bodies with holistic therapies including bodywork and stress management. The massage therapists call upon a wide range of techniques to tailor each session to the specific needs of their client. Their signature integrative massage may include any combination of modalities, such as circulatory massage, which works to improve blood flow to sore muscles, stretching exercises to reduce stiffness, and trigger-point therapy to unwind knots. They also perform reflexology, hot-stone massage, and cellulite massage, which can break up fluids and fat deposits in problem areas. The staff of licensed and certified technicians also includes a holistic-health practitioner along with a neuro-linguistic programming practitioner. The neuro-linguistic experts can complement sessions with empowering suggestions to overcome fears and kick bad habits, such as smoking or getting on the train instead of inside it.
In 2001, the first iTan Sun Spray Spa opened its doors. It had a simple goal—to make clients feel and look lovely with professional tanning services. Today, the spa has more than 20 branches around San Diego, each offering a slightly different assortment of tanning beds, spray-tanning booths, and mechanical spa services.
The Smart Tan–certified staff prioritizes keeping up with tanning technology by stocking state-of-the-art tanning beds such as the Sun Angel, which uses sensors to customize a blend of UVA and UVB rays, practically eliminating overexposure and the need to wear a beekeeper suit to detract from a burn. Many beds come equipped with stereo sound systems, misters, and fans. Just down the hall from these beauty gadgets, Mystic and airbrush machines bronze limbs without UV rays or tan crayons, and mechanical spa machines dispense relaxing red-light treatments, infrared-energy body wraps, and aqua massages.
Like a professor knowledgeable on tulip mania, alien black oil, and a myriad of seemingly esoteric subjects, Massage Envy's certified body therapists ably converse with the gamut of muscle ailments. They'll unravel tense coils of accumulated inner-stress through a perfectly catered treatment for individual clients' needs. Swedish massages offer gentle rubbing for muscular soothing and improved circulation, while reflexology focuses on a patient's crawling paddles, delivering relief to hands and feet to extend goodwill throughout the entire body. A prenatal massage is ideal for expecting mothers who could use a little relief from carrying another person inside them, and a hot-stone Envy massage transforms massage hands into warm-rock fingers that heat pain into a gaseous vapor that exits the body and eventually becomes cleanly filtered rain.
Born in Rio de Janeiro, aesthetician Sarah Araujo blossomed in a culture that celebrates beauty in all forms. She calls upon her Brazilian heritage and its philosophy to every service rendered at Skin By Sarah, where she performs facials and waxing services. Armed with modern, high-quality products, Sarah pays homage to her native country with the Brazilian wax, famously invented to prepare kiwis for snacking season. She also uproots fuzz from faces and delivers custom facials to rejuvenate features. Jessner's PCA peels target imperfections such as acne and migratory beauty marks, while the Oxygenating Trio facial harnesses the power of antioxidants to mend and prevent free-radical damage.
S&D SPA Body Wellness’s fleet of experienced stylists, massage therapists, and aestheticians pamper guests with an array of relaxing and noninvasive services. Nicolette Nightingale, the spa’s licensed cosmetologist, styles hair using tricks she’s picked up in her 10-year career as both a model and hair stylist in the entertainment industry. Her colleague Brandi McMillan also has impressive experience with permanent makeup, having prettified faces for Elle magazine, the Emmys, and the Academy Awards. When not doing hair or makeup, the staff suppresses tense shoulder uprisings with customized massages and allows faces to glow with a variety of freshening facials.
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