At Resonance Natural Health Group, massage therapist Erica Gomez doesn't subscribe to the “take a pill for that” method of healing. Instead, she treats the whole person, looking for ways to cure the root of problems, rather than the fertile 6 inches of topsoil. To do this, she takes a four-tiered approach that often integrates chiropractic care, acupuncture, naturopathic medicine, or massage therapy. Erica focuses on trigger point therapy, prenatal care, and swedish and deep tissue massage.
Each noninvasive method utilizes the body’s ability to heal itself given the proper stimulus; acupuncture awakens the body’s natural defenses and chiropractic adjustments realign vertebrae. She can even treat pets, using amended chiropractic adjustments to ameliorate health issues.
Naked Beach Tanning bronzes bodies with a combination of 10 tanning beds and UV-free spray tanning. Two locations in Meridian and Boise feature beds that suit every skin tone via standup or lay-down machinery. They also provide three customizable levels of California Tan sunless spray tans, which mimic the results of a tropical vacation or baths in melted copper-colored crayons during one-minute treatments.
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, as in 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 that 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.
Given the name, it should come as no surprise that Elements Therapeutic Massage pays extra attention to the basic elements of massage. One of these is compassion, and it follows that the staff takes care to match each client with the therapist best suited for the job. Borrowing from different modalities, therapists calibrate each session to one of four distinct levels of pressure. These levels encompass everything from gentle strokes to deeper trigger-point work and may relieve ailments such as stress, chronic aches, and shoulders stuck in a permanent, perplexing shrug.
The attentive specialists at Advanced Soft Tissue Center, located inside Allante Family Medicine, meet with patients one-on-one to identify and treat the root causes of chronic pain. Non-invasive treatments such as massage and myofascial-release therapy target the body’s underlying web of connective tissues, working to ease aches and release trapped Doctor Octopuses in an average of four visits.
Within the sun-drenched walls of dAverille Salon & Spa, Aesthetic Accent owner and licensed aesthetician Shauna Smith carefully lures inner beauty outward by calling on more than 20 years of experience. The skin specialist leads an expert team in harnessing microdermabrasion's and chemical peels' exfoliating powers to whisk away dead-skin-cell layers until healthy complexions shine through more brightly than the sun's ill-fated attempts at winning hide-and-seek. The spa's three signature corrective facials further restore faces with Ayur-Medic skincare products, which brim with pigment-reducing and collagen-stimulating antioxidants and vitamins. When she's not nourishing faces or bolstering bodies with waxing and massage, Shauna shares her seasoned beauty knowledge by providing consultations and training developing aestheticians.
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