An outdoor heated mineral pool beckons guests at the Garden Gate Day Spa, but its appeal lies in more than just its smooth surface. As visitors slip beneath the surface, underwater music floats gently into the eardrums. Similarly soothing details pop up throughout the spa: a rain shower and dry saunas stand ready in the women's changing room, an aromatherapy room engages the olfactory system, and luxurious spa packages encourages all-day visits.
When it comes to self-expression, Ryshia is a jack-of-all-trades. Above all, though, she's passionate about funneling that expression through healthy practices and self-empowerment. With Ryshia Therapeutics & Fitness, she sews all her interests and talents into one package, where dance meets holistic healing and natural remedies. Here, visitors can learn the art of belly dancing and pole dancing, or procure natural incense, handmade beauty products, and a therapeutic massage. The result is a one-stop shop for wellbeing, which like swallowing an apple wrapped in a dictionary page, nourishes the body and the mind.
Time may be short before Doug Stevens' next client, but he can always find a moment to talk shop. "I love helping people," he declares. "Helping people look better, feel better. That's the most satisfying thing." Doug has been a nationally certified massage therapist and aesthetician for 15 years, specializing in a process he devised to reduce the appearance of cellulite while relaxing the whole body. The technique combines an endovibratory device oscillating at 35 times per second with ultrasonic heat and his signature bodywork methods. "After the cellulite treatment, the skin is firmer, the appearance smoother," he explains. "People generally really like it, so they'll rebook."
Before receiving certification in Las Vegas in 1997, Doug was in the construction business as a general contractor. But it wasn't giving him what he wanted. "I was looking for a profession that was less stressful, where I could help people. I wanted to be more hands on. And my friends always came to me for massages, so I decided to go into that." Over time, he's added other treatments designed to improve the mood while boosting beauty, such as a photon antiwrinkle light therapy.
Doug describes his studio as very relaxing, with low light and smooth music. Though the ambiance has an undeniable pulse-slowing effect, it's the treatments' results that he credits for his return business. "Some of my clients have been coming every week for six years," he says. "Only the wealthy can usually afford treatments like these. That's not the case here. I want people to focus on how good they're going to feel."
Certified massage therapist and healing artist Kerry Leigh traces her specialty in core synchronism back to the system?s developer, Robert Stevens, who first trained her to assist nature with techniques that promote inner-organism harmony. Kerry honed her massage skills as a backstage therapist at rock concerts, as the founder of the Odwalla Juice Company's on-site massage therapy program, and with the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health before starting her own practice at Actualize Your Health.
These days, Leigh and a team of therapists connect minds and bodies with cellular nutrition, aromatherapy with essential oils, and natural flower essences selected for their health-giving vibrational energy. Their background in athletics gives them a firsthand look at what hardworking muscles and spirits need to recover after grueling workouts or fisticuffs with inner demons.
At Cloud Nine Therapeutics, LLC, guests can relax as they receive top-notch cosmetic treatments in an environment that maximizes comfort. Treatment tables with memory foam padding and 600-thread-count linens provide a pillowy perch as clients receive hot-stone massage or a Twinkle Toe salt scrub from Stephanie O'Connell, who's licensed and certified in a number of aesthetic and wellness treatments including massage therapy and microcurrent physiology. Cloud Nine's services also include a body-sculpting therapy that harnesses microcurrents designed to stimulate weight loss and contour bodies. The increased cellular metabolism may last up to 72 hours, helping clients feel energized and refreshed. A series of treatments is recommended for best results, since treatments are cumulative.
first opened its doors in 2006 to provide downtown Albuquerquens with a refuge from the busy city streets, a place to relax and pursue beauty. The stylists use Bumble and bumble products as the main ingredient in that pursuit, washing, conditioning, and styling hair with them. Other team members focus on sculpting and polishing nails, while aestheticians smooth and sooth skin with facials. They enhance the results of their treatments with professional make-up application. Though they treat their salon as an escape from the world outside, they know that sometimes clients can't afford to take a break from work. They offer all of their guests complementary access to their Wi-Fi network, so they can continue to work or troll fellow commenters while getting a pedicure.