New Health Centers consists of more than 300 health-care practitioners across the country, each working to alleviate corporeal discomfort with natural techniques. Doctors work in conjunction with experienced practitioners to soothe aches, pains, and lawn-gnome infestations.
The Mona Lisa’s famous grin fittingly welcomes visitors into DaVinci’s Salon and Spa, an oasis drenched in calm mocha hues where stylists disclose their beauty secrets and elicit grins with works of hair and nail art. Photographs of perfectly manicured nails hang before an arsenal of nail stations, where talented artists use OPI paints to create stylish masterpieces across fingers, toes, and foreheads. In the adjacent space, hairstylists wielding products by Pureology and Kenra add dimension and color to strands with luminous highlights, or sculpt formal updos and bouncy curled styles for special occasions.
You may not be able to change the past, but you can change the way you feel about it. That is one of the mantras of Linda King, the certified medical hypnotherapist behind Naturally Yours. Since 2001, she has used a technique dubbed the “Transformational Healing Method,” which helps her clients confront and alter physical and emotional aspects of their lives with the power of their subconscious minds. Linda is a member of the National Guild of Hypnotists and has helped many smokers kick the nicotine habit and many a shy person come out of their shell.
Ayurvedic therapies are the opposite of a trend—some of these holistic principles have been around for thousands of years. These days, Annette K. Brinker continues this staggering legacy at Breathe Aromatherapy & Body Work, where she helps clients connect more deeply with their bodies through meditative awareness. In addition to her skills as a certified Reiki master, she inspires serenity and balance with detoxifying body wraps, Shirodhara sessions, and mix-tapes of cat meows.
Movement Mechanics Spa's massage therapists believe that, like cars, bodies need regular tune-ups to stay healthy. The licensed wellness professionals offer everything bodies need for rejuvenation—various massages, acupuncture, and a whole host of spa and relaxation treatments. They specialize in helping people recover from car accidents with medical-massage treatments designed to deal with things such as whiplash and removing air fresheners stuck between toes.
In the auto-themed lobby, spa-goers settle in on real seats from cars and check out the license plates hung on the walls. They then head in for routine maintenance treatments.
At Reflections Medspa, clients rekindle natural beauty during highly efficient, noninvasive treatments powered by ultramodern equipment. The tides of time ebb away during a CO2 laser resurfacing that washes away the appearance of wrinkles, scars, hyperpigmentation, and large pores. Trained physicians and nurses expose tired skin to beams of carbon-dioxide-enriched light that heat and vaporize the tissue, stimulate collagen growth, and leave behind a complexion more balanced and smooth than a tightrope walker in a zoot suit. The roughly 30-minute facial buff 'n' shine smoothes visages and improves skin tone, incurring a sunburned look for a short period of time. The complete, regular-strength treatment of the face and neck aims to soften fine lines and sun damage, and requires 2-4 days out of the sun. Patients who chose to receive sedation will need a driver to comfortably return to their cozy abodes. Recent resurfacees should lacquer on ample amounts of sunscreen if they venture outdoors.
Xanadu Med Spa's cadre of skin specialists and medically trained technicians apply heat-insulating body wraps in 90-minute sessions. First, staff gently exfoliate bodies with a rich sugar scrub, then apply a hydrating body mask with artisanal care, creating a corporeal canvas as eye-pleasing as van Gogh's Starry Navel. Recumbent clients are then wrapped for about 20 minutes in a special heat-insulating material that helps the mask's moisture penetrate the skin's surface. Once the wrap is removed, physique stewards massage the mask from the skin with steamed towels and apply body butter, much as Richard Nixon's advisers removed the stage jowls from his face every night.