Aches and pains evaporate as the hands of licensed massage therapist LeAnn McDonald sweep over muscles for Swedish or firm-pressure massages. While noses drink in aromatherapy through their nostril-mouths, LeAnn's targeted kneading unravels the knots in torsos that form when the topsail attached to the spine gets tangled in the rigging near the ribs. Clients may also request LeAnne's mobile spray-tanning services for off-site bronzing.
More than 40 independent hairstylists, aestheticians, and massage therapists man the private suites tucked into Mélange Gallery of Salons. Without ever leaving the atelier's cozy confines, guests can gussy up their nails with a manicure, procure eyelash extensions, and test out just how soft they can make their indoor voice. Other business owners specialize in color services and jewelry.
Because of licensed massage therapist Jalaine Hunter, it’s possible some astronaut felt more relaxed, calm, and collected during a stressful re-entry. That’s because two out of her five years of experience has been spent administering massages for NASA. Today, she draws from that experience and six types of massage, such as Swedish, hot stone, and trigger-point therapy, to pamper clients and untie their painful muscle knots.
Under the watchful eye of medical director Dr. Mary Campbell-Fox, the physician's assistants, laser specialists, and aestheticians of Reflections Medical Spa revamp skin with advanced technologies and products. Using the Visia Complexion Analysis system, the staff performs a computerized evaluation of clients’ spots, wrinkles, and other blemishes to help customize a treatment plan. These plans may include the Cutera laser, which reduces the appearance of veins, unwanted hair, and wrinkles, or Aurora Precision Diamond Peel microdermabrasion, which sloughs off dead skin cells and penned phone numbers. Products from Jan Marini Skin Research, glo therapeutics, and glo minerals makeup further aid in improving the skin.
Dr. Chris Doyle once had a patient come into Planet Health with an aching neck that would not quit. Everyday pain treatments, such as heat pads and ibuprofen, didn't make a difference, and a series of chiropractic adjustments with the doctor brought little relief. Realizing the true problem at hand, Dr. Doyle ordered custom orthotics to correct her flat feet, and within a week, the neck pain was gone.
Dr. Doyle acknowledges that most people see each part of the body in isolation, but people should instead see the body as an interconnected unit. An imbalance in one part affects another seemingly disparate part of the body. The spine is what connects the nervous system to the rest of the body, and when it is misaligned, it can affect the nerve impulses sent from that area, which in turn can affect the function of faraway organs and muscles. The general tenet of chiropractic care, he says, is that the body is fully capable of healing itself. His work just helps speed it along.
To this end, Planet Health’s services all focus on healing without the use of pharmaceuticals. Cold-laser therapy works to ameliorate inflammatory conditions, such as arthritis, tendonitis, and carpal tunnel syndrome. During chiropractic massages, muscles shed tension and toxins to increase circulation and flexibility. Acupuncture sessions reroute bodily energy without the need to implant traffic signals below the skin’s surface.
Overseen by Dr. Todd W. Adam, the staff of nurses and technicians at Oasis Salon & MediSpa provides services ranging from haircuts and massages to Botox injections. Inside a chic environment marked by dramatic arches and earth tones, stylists use products from Aquage and BioMega to control unwieldy hairdos. At the med spa, trained nurses and techs wield lasers as they perform photofacials, hair removal, lightsaber sharpening, and other noninvasive treatments.
After graduating from Hands-On Therapy School of Massage in 2005, Sara Allen opened her own Angel Touch Massage Studio. In the comfort of a private room, Sara can ease chronic tension with flowing Swedish stokes, hot-stone therapy, as well as relaxing aromatherapy bodywork. Sports massages are also available to temper injuries incurred while attempting to play soccer with a bowling ball.