Synergy Wellness Clinic founder Doctor of Chiropractic Gustavo Marshall’s experiences with traditional organized medicine left him disappointed, noting that it felt like “looking at the trees, rather than the whole forest.” So the licensed chiropractor assembled a team of heathcare practitioners who could work together to address the whole person, rather than just his or her symptoms. “Here, we’re always looking at the body from the standpoint of the whole forest,” he says.
When Dr. Marshall meets with new patients, he considers a variety of factors, such as their living environment, sleep habits, nutrition, and frequency of hot-coal walks. Then, he may pair his own chiropractic techniques with massage therapy or nutritional counseling. And if his own clinic doesn’t have the resources his patients need, he’s happy to recommend additional practitioners to help them on their path to wellness.
Dr. Marshall also recognizes that, regardless of his client’s ailment, stress can be a huge barrier to recovery. So he strives to establish his clinic as a refuge from the urban bustle. During massages, for instance, therapists ensconce patients in private treatment rooms equipped with flickering candles, memory-foam tables, and soothing music. They also draw upon aromatherapy to deepen relaxation.
Named after the Greek word for me, Emena Spa centers on the individual through a bevy of complimentary amenities, soothing d?cor, and pampering services. The doting staff stays true to the spa's namesake, ushering clients into one of six private treatment rooms for a revitalizing microdermabrasion or detoxifying peel accented by organic products, cutting-edge technology, and aesthetic know-how. Stylists and nail technicians pore over features with attentive services that elicit youthful beauty, and the facility's Power Plate vibrating platform gives clients the opportunity to tone their bodies without long hours at the gym or smudge-prone bicep marker drawings. For full-body enhancement, massage therapists unearth tension through four modalities as licensed physician's assistants target unwanted hair and skin blemishes with GentleMax laser technology.
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Angel Orozco is as well traveled as he is knowledgeable—not that the two qualities developed separately. The licensed massage therapist and board-certified holistic health counselor has learned ancient healing techniques from teachers in Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, and India. Along with his licensed staff, he incorporates those lessons into spa and wellness treatments at BodySense. The result is that the center offers an impressive range of massage styles—20 total in fact—from Thai and postpartum to a honey body massage that exfoliates skin with lemon and caraway-enriched honey.
The rest of BodySense's service menu is a hybrid of Western and Eastern approaches. Acupuncture sits side by side with a treatment that combines medical massage and electrotherapy. Gerard's organic skincare products power facial treatments such as the caviar and soy facials. To help clients control the most important factor influencing their health besides whether or not they're napping in a catapult with a rusty old safety, BodySense creates custom weight-loss programs, which provide participants with nutritional counseling, massages, body treatments, and exercise classes.
As its name implies, Beyond Salon & Spa plays host to more hair and body treatments than one might expect. When they aren’t cropping hair into styles that bring out their clients’ best features, stylists tame frizz with keratin treatments, add permanent waves, and straighten strands with a special Japanese relaxer. Massage therapists similarly draw on Japanese influences during shiatsu and reiki massages, both of which aim to balance the body’s internal energies and promote self-healing. After purging toxins and unflattering chunks of marble during a body-sculpting treatment, clients can head to the nail technician for a relaxing mani-pedi.
Hemi Day Spa specializes in technologically enhanced treatments that address problem areas and signs of aging on both the face and body with little pain, side effects, or downtime. The trained staff mans a fleet of high-tech devices, such as the Derma Pod, which delivers exfoliating microdermabrasions; the Presojet, a set of inflatable bands that presses and decompresses around the body to purge toxins; and the Thermojet, which sends infrared light rays deep into bodies to speed up the body's metabolism of unwanted curves. The spa's services enhance natural beauty without a time-consuming recovery period or painful, invasive methods, such as liposuction surgery or peacock-feather transplants.
Sometimes family can drive you crazy. Other times it can provide relaxation, rest, and beauty. For more than 15 years, the family that owns Cuerpos Care Medical Spa has done just that for their clients with therapeutic massage services, facial and body treatments, and chemical peeling. Various facial services get creative with the use of electric currents, oxygen jets, and platelet-rich plasma harvested from the patient’s own blood or stolen from a mosquito’s rainy-day fund. The staff also administers microdermabrasions and acne treatments to undo facial imperfections, and Botox injections help reduce the appearance of wrinkles.