Lying on her side, her body supported by pillows, the expectant mother begins to relax. Her massage therapist goes to work, kneading the back, legs, and other areas pregnancy tends to put stress on. With benefits ranging from better sleep to increased blood flow, the pregnancy massage at Essence Day Spa is proof that spa treatments can be about more than just escaping from stress or wearing slippers in public; they can be integral to your health.
This isn’t news to Dr. I. Anthony Cardella, the MD who founded and operates the spa. The OB/GYN and former University of Miami professor created Essence Day Spa to be a place where licensed pros could apply their highly technical skills. That’s why, in addition to staples such as European facials and Swedish massages, his center performs services that require training with special equipment, including laser hair removal, bamboo massage, and microdermabrasion.
GNC sells a wide variety of supplements (vitamin and mineral and herbal) and other health products (sports nutrition, diet, energy, body care, and more). You're sure to find something right for you, such as Ginkgo biloba capsules or that box of SuperFoods Supreme you wish for every Groundhog Day.
At Beauty Fixx, a team of spa techs creates a relaxing atmosphere where they offer minimally stressful noninvasive alternatives to surgical beauty procedures. Each fat-reducing and cellulite-banishing treatment circumvents incisions by using energy such as low-level lasers, ultrasonic waves, and negative vacuum pressure. With no scalpels to break the skin or draw blood, clients experience virtually no discomfort or downtime and protect themselves against roving bands of vampires.
The medically supervised slimming programs drafted at Dream Diet Weight Loss Centers are built from a low-calorie diet, a realistic exercise plan, and FDA-approved medication or herbal supplements. The clinic's physician looks at each patient's health stats, such as BMI, metabolic and lipid profiles, and blood pressure box scores, to determine the best way to manage excess weight. Alexia Echevarria of The Real Housewives of Miami has embarked upon her own mission to lose a few extra pounds with the Dream Diet, sharing her progress with South Florida's TV and radio outlets.
SoMi Fitness owners William Del Sol and Unni Greene are certified personal trainers, but that's only a small spoke in their wheelhouse. Out of their 2,000-square-foot training facility, the duo can tone physiques with group fitness boot-camp classes, or dispense expert lifestyle tips during one-on-one nutrition consultations. Unni's method for weight loss isn't one of denial, but of selection, which she outlines in her book, Eat More to Lose More.
Dr. Charles Goldsmith was a successful OB/GYN. His practice was thriving, but his patients weren't. Each of them was worried about weight loss and attempting their own home-brewed ideas of how to drop those last few pounds. Rather than see his patients rely on misinformation, Dr. Goldsmith, soon to become widely known as Dr. G, created his four-pronged approach to weight loss.
Targeting appetite, metabolism, diet, and habits, Dr. G's physician-supervised plan works to not only change people's consumption, but change their lifestyles. From five-day cleanses that evict toxins from the body to a physician-supervised program including dietary supplements, Dr. G keeps his clients' systems humming like tuneful supersonic jets. His additional cosmetic services, such as teeth whitening and Revitalash, help to ensure clients' exteriors are as pampered as their interiors.
Sweat pours from foreheads, hearts race, and blood courses. Though these effects are commonly caused by exercising, they are also caused by the detoxifying body wraps offered at Aphrodite. This boutique spa draped in a color scheme of teals and tans employs technicians that foster the toxin-purging process by shining infrared light over fully clothed clients in specialized wraps. Light energy is then able to reach the dermal layer of the skin, where it disrupts fat cells. Along with shrinking waistlines, each 50-minute session aims to relieve aches and pains caused by arthritis, fibromyalgia, stress, and attempting to play water polo with a bowling ball.