Upon arriving at Body & Soul Retreat's tranquil location, clients cocoon themselves in the Meditation Room, a candle-dotted space that swirls with the aromas of incense and essential oils and readies them for their upcoming spa session. Participants have their pick of a plethora of services, from specialty manicures and waxing services to deep-tissue massages and fruit-laced facials doled out by licensed and trained therapists. Retreat packages that stretch across several hours steep customers in deep relaxation, and private spa parties fete groups with a custom menu of modalities and the permission to blast whale songs until the neighbors call to complain.
When not tending to patients with misaligned spines and muscle pains, chiropractor Dr. Roger Blinder can be found overseeing the practice’s laser center. Here, technicians remove unwanted body hair via advanced laser technology that’s designed to permanently destroy follicles at the root, a more effective removal process than staring at the hair until it falls out.
The beauty experts at Le Spot European Day Spa draw inspiration from Old World practices as they pamper bodies and nourish the skin. Classic facials and body treatments call upon natural products, antioxidant-rich rooibos teas, and essential oils to create radiant complexions. In other private treatment rooms, massages reduce tension and promote internal detoxification with the use of hot stones and reflexology techniques. Manicures and pedicures can include an application of regular and shellac polishes, the latter of which can last up to two weeks or the duration of the average Rush album.
From the skincare experts to the nail technicians, every staff member at Namaste Salon and Spa is also a trained reiki practitioner. That's why, regardless of their specializations, they strive to radiate healing energies during each appointment. They bid clients to recline amid lilting music and aromatherapy as they flatter features with organic spa products. Their environmentally sound nail polishes—free from formaldehyde and the glossy red tears of redwood trees—complement sterile pedicure systems with recyclable liners, and reflexology treatments and massages soothe tired limbs. In addition to administering spa services, staff members also sell inspiring CDs, crystals, and scented goods from a New Age gift store.
Doctor of Chiropractic Lance Wald has integrated acupuncture and nutrition into his practice at Deerfield Health and Wellness Center since opening its doors in 2000. Dr. Wald earned his degree at Life University in Marietta, Georgia, thereafter developing what he calls a "structural" approach to health. Balancing a patient's diet and energy complements a traditional approach to pathology, in which palpation, x-rays, and biting criticism from the doctor's mother-in-law quickly reveal old wounds that may be healed with adjustments and massage therapy. He and his team use this system to alleviate symptoms and set up maintenance plans for long-term health. In addition to his focus on holistic care, Dr. Wald specializes in relieving injuries from car accidents and athletics.