Acupuncture physician Robert Murdoch treats clients' health concerns with a natural-care services that range from holistic pediatric care to neurolinguistic programming. In addition to nutrition counseling and detoxification programs, the physicians created the Call Me Slim weight-loss program to help clients meet their weight goals by learning healthier habits instead of training themselves to cry whenever someone mentions candy.
Nestled amid cheery yellow walls and calming greenery, the Mystic Tan MyMyst booth at My Island Salon and Spa mists skin with UV-free hues. Friendly technicians trained in the art of color customization help guests to choose shades that look natural on their epidermises or exoskeletons. After divesting itself of jewelry and clothing—swimsuit optional—the body basks in a gentle mist fortified with soothing aloe and the antioxidant powers of green tea. Powered by DHA and erythrulose, the spray summons bronze tones that range from light caramel to dark chocolate. Mystic’s MagneTan technology polarizes droplets, turning them into miniature magnets. This process then attracts them to the magnetic properties of the skin and convinces them to hug the physique evenly. Like the urge to don sweatpants during Thanksgiving dinner, the summery glow emerges after a few seconds and intensifies over the next 24 hours.
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.
The entire staff at Aha Center is focused on overall wellness, uniting mind and body in a search from peace. Lead massage therapist, Tammy Pangburn, smoothes tension from muscles with a variety of massage modalities, including Swedish, deep-tissue, reflexology, and medical massage. Massages are designed to soothe aching muscles, as well as promote restful sleep, reduce stress-inducing cortisol, and decrease pain. Also at the center are certified hypnotists, reiki masters, and a health coach who advises clients on attaining healthy lifestyles and which color M&M has the least calories.
Dr. Amy Emme, a moving speaker and a well-versed hypnocoach, has been featured on Lifetime TV Network's The Balancing Act for her insights on human nature and has helped several US athletes prepare mentally for the Olympics. Her direct, five-step approach to hypnosis is catered to athletes, businesspeople, and any individuals looking for internal motivation to help them excel in what they do. During one-on-one or group sessions, Dr. Emme's subconscious-searching techniques can help to improve communication and teamwork or set individuals on the path to smoking cessation, weight loss, or reduced romance-novel arson.
Stylists at Tiffany's International Salon focus on keeping both scalps and tresses looking healthy, working skillfully with thinning hair and styling braids to avoid breakage. Along with haircare, staffers also relax and beautify clients with massage therapy, nail services, waxing, and facials.
Le Bijou Salon & Spa helps clients find inner tranquility while enhancing their exteriors. The salon’s stylists shear tresses into new ‘dos and alter colors in front of gold-framed mirrors. Aestheticians perform facial treatments with seaweed and essential oils, customizing products to banish crow’s feet or renew cheeks worn out from communing with puffer fish. They also lavish hands and feet with spa treatments and wax away unwanted fuzz from any area—even ears. Meanwhile, the spa’s massage therapists invite aching bodies into private treatment rooms, where they knead muscles in modalities that range from prenatal to craniosacral.