The stresses of everyday life dissipate at the hands of Desert Palms Alternative Health’s licensed massage therapists, who relieve tension and aches within the confines of an all-purpose health spa. Led by massage therapist, alternative healer, and Canadian expat James R. Davis, the team culls techniques from a wide range of modalities—from the long, flowing strokes of Swedish to the penetrating warmth of hot-stone massage. Their breadth of knowledge allows them to cultivate massages that treat patients as individuals and even accommodate special conditions such as pregnancy.
The alternative healing center’s customized spa services don’t end with massages. Within the serene confines of a private treatment room, licensed aesthetician Samantha rejuvenates skin with AgeSmart back treatments and natural facials that take advantage of clay’s sibling rivalry with dirt. When she isn’t exfoliating faces and backs, Samantha spreads warm wax across the body to swiftly and gently remove unwanted hair.
Card sharks place their bets at Lucky Derby Casino's smoke-free blackjack and poker tables before heading over to Rounders Sports Bar for hearty steak dinners, billiards, and darts. Appetizing niblets ready hunger pangs for their fate, as couples sip on selections from the beer and wine list. A 12-ounce cut of tender rib-eye steak or tilapia whispers sweet nothings to taste buds, as a potato and veggies skulk on the side, always the bridesmaid. After dinner, chalk up some cues for eight felt-pelting rounds of pool or test precision tossing skills at the dartboard. Fifteen high-definition TVs rain down sporting events pumped into the pub by ESPN GamePlan and NFL Sunday Ticket, and comics make with the chuckling during open-mic Tuesday. The athletics-themed venue fills up with the sounds of amateur crooning on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights as singers take the karaoke stage.
Two areas of Susan DeLacy's life prepared her to be the therapist behind Holistic Massage. The first is pretty straightforward: more than 900 hours of education and practicum, which led to her certification in holistic massage, lomi lomi massage, and several other modalities. Second: her more than two decades working in the stress-heavy professional world, an experience which has given her a deep understanding of the tensions and troubles caused by the stresses of one's personal and professional life. Tucked inside Studio Salons, DeLacy's haven of relaxation encourages clients to shed their worries, tensions, and itchy wings as their sessions proceed.
Though the student aestheticians performing the salon and spa treatments at The Academy are still learning their craft, their work demonstrates a keen understanding of it. Under the watchful eyes of licensed professionals, students can showcase their new skills with subtle coloring treatments, wrinkle-erasing glycolic and retinol facials, and precise waxing and sugaring treatments. They also perform haircuts, and when their clients get their salon and spa fix here, the budding stylists don’t have to practice coif work by cutting their parents’ hedges or mashed potatoes—and clients can avoid the high cost of regular salons to boot.