The staff at Swan Centers is well-versed in two of the cosmetic world’s most well-known brands: Zerona and Botox. The first is a low-level laser treatment that works to remove unwanted fat in problem areas, whereas the second is an injectable that helps relax muscles and minimize the appearance of fine lines on the face. Both treatments are performed by skilled technicians and overseen by Dr. Michael G. Barile, a board-certified anesthesiologist and a graduate of Ross University School of Medicine.
At The Laser Lounge Spa, a local family-owned company, certified physician's assistant and spa director Jonathan Sigg and his team of beauty and medical technicians care about more than just skincare. They also aim to keep clients comfortable, diminishing cellulite with noninvasive SmoothShapes technology and curbing hair growth with the Candela GentleLase system, which features a Dynamic Cooling Device to regulate skin temperature. In the tranquil, pale blue reception area, guests stay serene in sleek, white couches adjacent to a fireplace. There, they can sip a cold beverage from the cooler, listen to the trickling water fountain, and sing gargled responses to it.
Physicians Weight Loss Centers of Estero's physicians, nurses, and counselors work together to help customers attain their personal weight-loss goals. Counselors meet with each client for a complimentary consultation to discuss the center's various diet programs, which include low-carb, low-fat, and balanced-diet options, as well as a meal-replacement plan. They then recommend a custom weight-management plan to help clients shed pounds healthily.
The deft hands of Debra Florio, the owner of Contour Body Works and a licensed massage therapist in her own right, alternate between firm pressures and gentle strokes as they sweep over backs in relaxing massage sessions. Debra and her team of therapists rely on a mix of Eastern and Western techniques—from the gentle, full-body strokes of Swedish massage to the shiatsu acupressure and sliding bamboo shoots of bamboossage—to drive away tension accumulated while hanging from cliffs or betting whether strangers are left-handed.
Contour Body Works’ relaxing spa services don’t end with massage. The center’s licensed facial specialists cleanse pores of dirt and oil during European facials that include steaming, extractions, and a mask tailored to each client’s skin type. Dead Sea salt exfoliates skin during salt-glow sessions, and alternative treatments such as mud wraps and infrared-sauna sessions penetrate the skin’s superficial layers to expel toxins and reduce the appearance of cellulite. Similarly innovative treatments include magnetic therapy, which draws on the science of polarity to balance the body’s vibrations and realign the needles on wonky internal compasses.
Acqui Spa’s cocktail- and travel-themed services channel the luxury of a tropical vacation inside vibrantly colored treatment rooms. Facials and body wraps cull smells and flavors from classic cocktails; in the ultimate mai tai body wrap, for instance, infusions of coconut lend serums an exotic aroma, and tangy lemongrass mimics the refreshment of a first sip. Vacation-themed services jet the senses away on distant retreats with far-flung ingredients such as Pacific salts, Polynesian florals, and seaweed harvested by trilingual octopi. The highly trained staff regularly looks to Europe for cutting-edge beauty treatments, such as injections of stem cells—harvested from French cows in a cruelty-free process—designed to smooth and firm skin.
The private, tropical-themed treatment rooms treat the eyes to crisp citrus hues or cool ocean blues. In the waiting room, chaises made of minimalist white leather offset the boldness of walls’ lime-green hue and the busyness of their packed poster-modeling schedule.
For more than 25 years, Cynthia Rager has been pioneering new techniques and products in the fields of aesthetics and cosmetic surgery, penning technical manuals and spreading the know-how to up-and-coming cosmetic surgeons and dermatologists across the country. Cynthia has joined forces with biochemists to formulate skincare and makeup lines, including IntegraDerm and Miner?le makeup, whose natural and organic ingredients make them a favorite on the Home Shopping Network and in upscale catalogues.
Cynthia's mission at Rager's IntegraLife Spa is to share all that she has learned with her team while mentoring other women in the medical aesthetics industry. She seeks out cutting-edge treatments for the face and body, including light therapy, cellulite reduction, and seasonal body wraps in a zero-gravity float bed, which leave clients as relaxed as an astronaut.