"It was like opening a can of worms—and my interest deepened."This is how Un Joli Visage Day Spa's owner, Elizabeth Ranson, describes her initial research into the potentially toxic and animal-tested ingredients found in prominent skincare products. As her research progressed, interest turned into disgust, and Elizabeth was spurred to found Botanical Healing Skin Care, a line of naturally derived crèmes she could rely on to safely nourish her clients' skin. It's these products, which are laced with extracts of algae, jojoba, shea butter, and other botanicals, that Elizabeth combines on the fly during her custom facials and body treatments to right all manner of skin-borne wrongs. Whether her clients suffer from acne, the effects of aging, or the effects of sleeping on a sand dune, she counteracts with appropriate doses of natural oils and cleansers, while imparting words of epidermal wisdom to improve at-home skincare routines.
At Bodywork Devine, licensed massage practitioner Kristin Taylor melts muscle knots with therapeutic strokes and eases stress with calming skin and body treatments. Kristin offers her signature massage in 40-, 60-, and 90-minute increments, relaxing clients with soft, flowing strokes and the gentle touch of cranial-sacral therapy. Ideal for clients battling the aches of fibromyalgia, TMJ, or migraine headaches, the delicate headwork Kristin performs during the cranial-sacral segment can enhance clients’ quality of life by boosting joint flexibility, dampening anxiety, and dissolving undigested popsicles. The skilled massage therapist also partners with other alternative health practitioners such as licensed acupuncturist Kim Blaufuss to help clients fight chronic pain with a holistic repertoire of services. In addition to enjoying massages in the studio, clients may purchase tools such as flaxseed hot packs and still-point inducers to tame tension at home.
The technology-driven treatments inside Islands Tanning MedSpa help bolster the body's glow and reduce its circumference. Inside Magic and Tanses UV beds, 12,800-watt bulbs saturate skin with darkening rays more safely than receiving a hug from a dwarf star. Meanwhile, UV-free Mystic and VersaSpa machines spray the epidermis with a bronze hue, and Fit body wraps fuse infrared-heat energy with constricting wraps that help shrink fat cells. Islands Tanning MedSpa also offers memberships.
The practitioners at Integrative Body blend holistic medicine with physical therapy as they treat patients' injuries and chronic ailments. Whether it’s a case of whiplash from getting into a fender bender or a strained elbow from showing off your biceps, the team here works closely with each patient to put together rehab plans that whittle away at pain and discomfort. These plans can include guided exercises that help rebuild muscles and relaxation massages that counter stubborn areas of tension.
A graduate of the Bella Institute of Cosmetology, aesthetician Kariss Crow knows how to make skin bright and healthy. Her secret? Natural products infused with pure ingredients, such as fruits and Mother Nature's own tears. This philosophy has led the skincare specialist to reach for products from the Clinical Skin Care Solutions and H2O lines as she customizes 30-, 60-, and 90-minute facials with a pretreatment skin analysis, steam, exfoliation, and scalp massage. Kariss also works to reveal glowing complexions with the exfoliating effects of microdermabrasion and AHA peels.