In 2001, the first iTAN Sun Spray Spa opened its doors. It had a simple goal?to make clients feel and look lovely with professional tanning services. Today, the spa has more than 30 Southern California franchises, each offering a slightly different assortment of teeth whitening, tanning beds, spray-tanning booths, and self-serve spa offerings.
The Smart Tan?certified staff prioritizes keeping up with tanning technology by stocking state-of-the-art tanning beds such as the Sun Angel, which uses sensors to customize a blend of UVA and UVB rays, practically eliminating overexposure. Many beds come equipped with stereo sound systems, misters, and fans. Just down the hall from these beauty gadgets, Mystic and airbrush machines bronze limbs without UV rays, and self-administered spa treatments dispense relaxing red-light facials, infrared-heat bodywraps, and aqua massages.
Brothers Nick and Jeremy Schembri realign spines with careful manipulations, readily treating pain from fibromyalgia, auto-accident injuries, headaches, and overeager taxi hailing. Exams and x-rays help the doctors of chiropractic pinpoint mechanical hitches and chart their origins throughout the physique. Furthering the brothers' shared passion for health and wellness, licensed massage therapists spelunk into sore spots with the pressurized strokes of a deep-tissue massage, usually in order to prime bodies for chiropractic treatment or late-night break-dancing battles.
The experienced alternative-medicine practitioners of Happy Cloud Acupuncture recognize that the body’s natural healing processes are powerful; that it can heal itself with the right aid. So, they give bodies a push in the right direction by focusing on treating the body as a whole, rather than treating only problem areas, and by employing holistic therapies, such as acupuncture, chiropractic, cupping, and massage, that will help bodies fix themselves. They believe that, as Thomas Edison once said, “The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest her or his patients in the care of the human frame, in a proper diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease," and that these doctors will be cyborgs.
In a candlelit room with a heated massage table and the dulcet notes of quiet music, Don of Massage by Don uses a healing touch during relaxing and therapeutic massage. He customizes the massage to each client’s particular needs, drawing on modalities such as Swedish, sports, deep tissue, and reflexology. Don has extensive experience with athletes and auto-accident victims.
Kevin Brooks had never seen anything like this before: the woman lying on his massage table had not been able to bend over without experiencing excruciating pain in her abdomen for about a year. With only 15 minutes left in the session, Kevin's trained hands dug in to her tense psoas muscles, which span the lower spine to the top of the thigh. Following this application of deep-tissue technique, the client bent to put on her shoes and gasped. The pain was gone. This is why Kevin maintains that massage therapists shouldn't sell a type of massage; they should sell relief from pain.
Twelve years ago, he founded Simply Kneaded to provide his clientele with relief from aches and tension. His massage therapists use any technique at their disposal, be it deep-tissue work, acupressure, or lullabies sung in solfège, to disperse pain or immobility. Today, his business has expanded to multiple locations, and he carefully screens each of his therapists according to his own rigorous standards and in accordance with the frequent political coups of the American Massage Therapy Association.
Simply owning a spa was not enough for Jolie Day Spa & Joli Visage founders Kelly Ozmon and Suzanne Bitz. Shortly after opening their first spa, armed with aesthetician's licenses and advanced certifications, the duo delved into research and chemistry, concocting their own line of nationally recognized clinical skincare products that incorporate botanicals from the coast of Hawaii, the south of France, and the invisible lakes of Mars.
Inside Jolie Day Spa, the owners' passions for high-quality products and attentive treatments intersect, as a staff of highly experienced aestheticians and cosmetologists pair Joli Visage products with facials and peels to help clients overcome signs of aging such as wrinkles, fine lines, and a tattoo of an American flag with only 48 stars on it. A retinue of bodycare services from licensed massage therapists and hair treatments round out the all-encompassing menu of beautifying treatments. The spa also has a newly-launched private, French manicure studio, which incorporates French botanicals in their relaxing treatments.