DeShelia V. Hughes tailors her massage style for every client. Every session starts with a discussion of any complaints clients have had recently, after which DeShelia decides what techniques from a wide range of massage modalities she'll use to dissolve their stress or pain. Her repertoire of techniques includes Swedish massage, lypossage, and myofacial, which she uses to knead away knots more effectively than Alexander the Great's favorite cat. Whether she’s performing a reflexology treatment or practicing deep-tissue or lymph-drainage massage, DeShelia makes sure to explain her approach to clients and answer any questions. At the end of a session, clients often enjoy less pain and improved mobility.
Dr. Ricky Russell, an ophthalmologist, stocks his boutique’s shelves with frames designed by labels such as Vera Wang, Hugo Boss, Candies, and Lucky. Swiss-made T2 System glasses weigh less than 1/10 of an ounce and use a highly evolved mounting system to stay snug on the face, even when heads whip quickly around to see dogs doing cartwheels.
The Clinic doesn't just build muscles—it rebuilds them, too. As part of Action Chiropractic, the small fitness studio specializes in a marriage of therapeutic exercises and dynamic workouts for functional strength. A physician remains on hand at all times to oversee these efforts, whether members are striving to overcome a back condition, lose weight, or boost their athletic performance.
Classes range from Pilates Reformer sessions, which strengthen the core and promote healthy spinal alignment, to a mix of TRX-suspension training and spinning. Instructors adjust their exercises to meet the needs of each client and can tailor workouts to address injuries and symptoms of muscular imbalance. Personal trainers, meanwhile, can engineer a unique private program based on desired goals. The same emphasis on customization guides three types of doctor-supervised weight-loss plans, all of which rely on long-term dietary solutions and exercise instead of quick fixes such as supplements or insults directed at your favorite chocolatier.
Quick Quakes whips up protein-infused smoothies for time-strapped, nutrient-needing civilians. Under the leadership of a smooth and health-savvy owner, the staff concocts drinks designed with energy, nutrition, and satiation in mind. Their menu is extensive; standard Quakes ($3-$6) come in 30 flavors as varied as chocolate peanut-butter cup and strawberry banana. Specialty Quakes ($5-$7) traverse many of the food-pyramid compartments and include options such as the pre-workout Foreshock Quake and the post-perspiration Aftershock Quake. Patrons can take it to the next level with protein, caffeine, fiber, or vitamin C add-ons ($0.30+ each) or scale back by ordering any drink sugar-free.
Skin on the neck ages seven times as quickly as the skin on the face. The team at Body Anew Medical Spa are all knowledgeable skin experts, whose collective passion for skincare extends all over the body. They also use nonsurgical services, including facials and chemical peels, as ways to combat acne, sun spots, and fine lines. To refine the rest of the body, the team calls on non-wax depilatories to whisk away unwanted hair and lasers to zap spider veins while leaving surrounding skin as undisturbed as a kitten napping in a baseball glove.