Neck pain. Back pain. Numbness. Sciatica. A wealth of bodily aches and pains can be soothed by chiropractic care at The Texan Wellness Center, a clinic helmed by Dr. Michael Dow. Dr. Dow shies away from treating his patients with prescription medications or surgery; instead, he performs adjustments that realign the spine and release tension. He also gives supplementary advice on exercise and nutrition that can boost the effects of his treatments.
A wildly successful alternative to traditional day spas—its more than 300 locations blanket 36 states and half a dozen countries—Planet Beach Contempo Spa is a futuristic relaxation station where state-of-the-art machines administer all the spa and tanning services. These friendly automatons sometimes replace familiar treatments, as in the Luminous facial, a light-based service that delivers blemish-busting results similar to those of a conventional facial. But other equipment maps out new spa territory entirely: the Hydro-Derma Fusion chamber moisturizes the whole body with nutrient-rich steam in order to offset the effects of a dry climate or a rear-end collision with a salt truck. Other machines whiten teeth, spray tan skin, and massage muscles.
Planet Beach operates on a gym-style membership system, meaning members purchase packages or pay flat monthly rates. As members spend more time at the spa, they get to know the helpful assistants who are always on hand to demonstrate how to use the equipment without activating its ability to cry.
The highly experienced massage therapists at AAA Wellness Holistic Spa gently tackle an array of bodily issues, from everyday stress and tightness to injuries from auto accidents and sports in a pampering environment. Before indulging in a muscle knead, groups of two or more can delve into complimentary treats that include chocolate-covered strawberries, imported bottled water, and champagne or wine. Guests can choose their own music or the sound of the therapist humming a show tune to accompany the one-hour Swedish massage, which uses long flowing strokes to travel the body, encouraging increased activity in the circulatory and lymphatic systems. AAA’s massage therapists can pay special attention to chronic aches acquired through everyday bad habits, such as poor posture or improper tree lifting. Although individuals are welcome to spread their massages across multiple visits, up to five people can redeem Groupons for a massage at one time.
Drawing on an education that includes a doctorate from Texas Chiropractic College and a bachelor's degree in public health and human biology, Dr. Brandt L. Spies of Lordex Spine Institute treats bodies entangled by such painful conditions as herniated disks, headaches, and spinal arthritis. The doctor upgrades spinal hardware with chiropractic adjustments, and the center's squadron of licensed massage therapists tinkers on soft tissue with modalities that include Swedish, sports, and deep tissue. The institute also boasts the Lordex Lumbar Spinal Decompression System, a padded table with a knee bolster that supports prostrate patrons. During the 30-minute sessions that make use of this system, a gap in the table slowly widens, stretching spines to alleviate lower back pain and add flexibility to overstarched overalls.
At Fit Spa, massage therapists and aestheticians work in tandem to soothe muscle aches and clarify complexions with a full roster of day-spa services. Hot-towel-enhanced reflexology or a pore-cleansing facial revive clients more effectively than a wake-up-call from a swarm of yellow jackets.
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