Named after a Sanskrit word that means “disciple of a guru,” Roots Natural Health’s Chelah Marie Vega approaches holistic wellness with passion and devotion. She has strived toward natural health for most of her life, working on organic vegetable farms as she concocted herbal bodycare products for friends, family, and the farms' dedicated scarecrows.
These days, Vega sows the seeds of health for her clients, drawing upon her training in exercise science and homeobotanical therapy to build custom workouts, meal plans, and herbal remedies. As a group workout leader, she fuses Pilates’ core-toning isometrics with Vinyasa yoga’s flowing stretches to sculpt muscles and boost energy. She also leads one-on-one training sessions to help clients master calorie-torching techniques, bringing them closer to reaching their specific weight-loss and fitness goals. To foster naturally healthy lifestyles, Vega matches interested clients with workout partners and crafts supplements designed to ward off colds and lightning bolts. In addition to exercise and dietary assistance, the center's spa treatments, including facials and acupressure, extract stress and impurities, helping clients’ inner beauty shine.
The therapists at Bhakti Wellness Center have no shortage of healing tools. Sometimes they treat chronic pain and injuries with conventional methods, such as deep-tissue and medical massage. Other times, they turn to such alternative practices as reiki therapy, a "laying on hands" method that they believe promotes bodily healing by manipulating the body's natural energies. The center's therapists are so convinced of the connection between physical health and mental well-being that they even hold classes in meditation and emotional intelligence, wherein students learn to the manage the stress that comes from not understanding your chakra or from having library books that are 35 years overdue.
Back pain, headaches, muscle pain, stiff joints, and sports injuries: the list of ailments that Wellspring Health Center?s doctors and therapists can remedy is as extensive as their methodology. Depending on your individual concerns, they may prescribe a traditional or holistic healing method to treat chronic problems or point you toward their sports medicine branch or physical therapy center. The doctors can also tailor gentler treatment plans for children, pregnant women, and athletes traumatized by their teammates? overzealous back slaps.
A wildly successful alternative to traditional day spas—its more than 300 locations blanket 36 states and half a dozen countries—Planet Beach Contempo Spa is a futuristic relaxation station where state-of-the-art machines administer all the spa and tanning services. These friendly automatons sometimes replace familiar treatments, such as the Luminous facial, a light-based service that delivers blemish-busting results similar to those of a conventional facial. But other equipment maps out new spa territory entirely: the Hydro-Derma Fusion chamber moisturizes the whole body with nutrient-rich steam in order to offset the effects of a dry climate or a rear-end collision with a salt truck. Other machines whiten teeth, spray-tan skin, and massage muscles.
Planet Beach operates on a gym-style membership system, meaning members purchase packages or pay flat monthly rates. As members spend more time at the spa, they get to know the helpful assistants who are always on hand to demonstrate how to use the equipment without activating its ability to cry.
At Mary Page Esthetique, lash specialist Mary Page enhances gazes with the synthetic or mink length of semipermanent E’lan lash extensions. Before applications, complimentary consultations explore clients' fashion tastes with a spread of lashes in different lengths and curves, allowing eyes to flash styles that suit their shapes and freestyle wink technique. During each two-hour application, the lash technician affixes faux fringe to closed lids, latching each strand individually to existing lashes. Extensions endure for up to six weeks, depending on lifestyle and tendencies to kiss butterflies. Mary Page recommends pretreatment tinting for very light lashes and a trial run for sensitive peepers.
Inside a tiled sanctuary, puffs of perfumed steam swim through the air, hovering just above the surface of a Japanese soaking tub. This is no ordinary bathtub. It’s the site of Fusion LifeSpa’s curative bath, a treatment that helps clients unwind in tinctures of hot mustard, spicy ginger, or lavender. Inspired by holistic Asian medicine and therapeutic European techniques, services such as curative baths embody Fusion LifeSpa’s eclectic influences.
In the front waiting area, staff members welcome clients with warm cups of organic green tea, a fitting complement to the spa’s feng shui decor. Inside the treatment rooms, European spa treatments—such as massages and facials—contrast Asian-inspired services, including the jasmine facial mask, which makes use of the spa's proprietary skincare line. Other services, such as a footbath inspired by a Moroccan hammam, cleanse the body with natural assistance from organic coffee, tangerines, and figs. And for holistic care, the spa’s acupuncture services can realign energy lines faster than an electrician trained in heart surgery.