Since immigrating to the United States from Germany in '86, Dr. Udo Magel has mended the muscles of former Olympian Bruce Jenner, as well as professional athletes on the 49ers, Giants, and Philadelphia Eagles. Now all can seek Dr. Udo's healing touch at his professional neuromuscular therapy practice. Drawing on more than 30 years of experience and training in two countries, Magel can promote relaxation with light-to-medium pressure, or access lower-layer aches with firm, deep-tissue bodywork.
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 of 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 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 that 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.
Velina Lujan’s skills help clients eliminate stress, increase energy and vitality, and incorporate inner peace into their lives. She holds certificates in holistic stress-management instruction, massage therapy, comfort touch, bodywork with trauma survivors, and geriatrics. In addition to life-coaching sessions and massages, she offers hypnotherapy, stress tests, soothing aromatherapy treatments and more.
Though their backgrounds may differ, Green Leaf Massage Center's certified therapists share a passion for improving their clients? health and wellness through massage. The owner sets a sterling example for her staff to follow, routinely attending continuing-education classes to bolster her therapy skills.
Inside private treatment rooms, the therapists rely on 100% organic lotions to bolster the effectiveness of sports, hot-stone, relaxation, therapeutic, and deep-tissue massages. Aromatherapy add-ons further awaken the senses with the comforting scents of tangerine, lemongrass, sandalwood, and homemade fried chicken.
The team of stylists at Lavish Beauty Salon transform ho hum hairdos with haircuts, coloring, and styling services for men, women, and children. They can add thickness and length to hair with extensions from Great Lengths and Hotheads. Their services also go beyond the scalp, with eyelash-extension treatments and body waxing.