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.
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.
Boasting a staff of medical professionals with more than 30 years of experience, Medical Dimensions Weight Loss pilots patrons through weight-loss programs that slim physiques by improving dietary habits and choices. After an initial consultation evaluates each client’s goals, target areas, and medical history, an EKG monitors heart health by studying its reaction to increasingly saccharine greeting cards. Personalized nutrition plans prescribe healthy and delectable meals and nutritious shakes, which can be optionally supplemented with diet foods from Medical Dimensions Weight Loss. A lifestyle training class helps clients remain health conscious beyond the program with tips such as how to hire reliable cookie-jar guards. In addition to receiving weekly B12 injections, dieters report to Medical Dimensions Weight Loss for weigh-ins to chart their progress over the course of the program.
Integrative Medicine Center's Drs. A. Hanna and Lidia Okonski welcome clients in for a combination of spa services and holistic medicine. Dr. A. Hanna is board certified by NCCAOM in acupuncture and oriental medicine, and Dr. Lidia Okonski, who does not perform acupuncture treatments, is a board-certified psychiatrist. Focused on improving personal well-being and health, they center the center's holistic-medicine approach on acupuncture, homeopathy, and nutritional medicine, such as corrective diets focused on vitamins and not eating grapes realistically painted onto drywall. Their spa services, meanwhile, emphasize the external—the menu includes body wraps, facials, waxing, and aromatherapy.
Accent walls of blue, orange, and sea-foam green add dashes of color to the interior of True Salon and Spa, and photographs speckle the walls. Shelves abound with hair and skincare products from Goldwell, Moroccanoil, and KMS California. Against this backdrop, staff members administer haircare, waxing, and nail services and pamper clients with express and deluxe facials and 10 types of massage. Aestheticians customize each treatment to take into account issues such as dry skin or fake muttonchops.
Smoothie King's staff inundates cups with more than 90 different flavors of made-to-order smoothies, served alongside a menu of healthy and nutritious treats. Buzzing blenders liquefy fruits and optional enhancers, increasing the swimmability of the seven categories of smoothies, including the Trim Down's low-fat Angel Food concoction ($4.69–$7.99) and the Snack Right's Caribbean Way with papaya, bananas, strawberries, turbinado, and honey ($4.69–$7.99). Palates can funnel all-natural chocolate through straws submerged beneath the sweet surface of the Peanut Power Plus Chocolate ($4.99–$8.99). With the oft-dry palate properly watered, mouths can then chomp down on solid snacks, such as natural chips ($1.09–$1.79), jerky sticks ($2.09), and Cliff Bars ($1.39).