Sunrise Day Spa sees massage therapy as a way to transform people's lives. It has helped customers in a variety of ways from regaining full range of motion in necks to relieving pinched nerves from horse riding. The massage menu features a number of modalities including stone, acupressure, deep tissue, and hot-oil relaxation.
Dr. Carrie Jardine isn't just an advocate of holistic medicine—she's a living testament to its positive benefits. A sufferer of fibromyalgia, anxiety, and obesity, she finally turned to a holistic doctor on a friend's recommendation. Fourteen years later, Dr. Jardine, now a doctor of chiropractic and Chinese medicine, owns and operates the Family Wellness Center. There, she plies her holistic trade through services ranging from ionic detoxification to allergy testing and hormone replacement. Her practice of Oriental medicine provides an alternative outlook on health, helping patients to balance their bodies' electric flow without requiring them to shuffle along carpeted treadmills.
The licensed massage therapists at Studio E Massage use the healing powers of bodywork to untie tight muscular knots and sideline tension. Guests can request a soothing Swedish massage to promote relaxation or a firmer deep-tissue massage to dismantle lower-layer aches and stubborn land-mine tattoos. Specialty massages for expecting mothers are also available.
A good spa will transport its guests to a time and place where everyday stresses are forgotten. American Image Salon & Spa can take you to a rainforest waterfall, for example—its monsoon massage sends the gentle mist of a Vichy shower cascading onto backs and shoulders. If you'd prefer a steamier setting, opt for the hot-stone massage, during which a therapist banishes tension with kneads and strategically placed lava rocks. There are also packages that provide even longer, more luxurious escapes, such as the 6.5-hour Day of Beauty: a Clarisonic facial, massage, mani-pedi, shampoo, makeup application, and lunch.
Sometimes, however, a visit to the spa or salon is a quick reward in the middle of the day. That's why the staff here administers most of the standard treatments for the hair, nails, and body. Stylists trim new 'dos and flatten frizz with Chi Enviro smoothing formulas, or nourish the skin with specialized facials. Manicures might feature add-ons from a seaweed mask to a layer of eco-paraffin, a more environmentally friendly way to soften the hands than by wrapping them in live ferrets. Gentlemen are hardly neglected, either. Their services include haircuts as well as mustache- and beard-tinting.
In 2004, Rhonda Larkins underwent a lumbar laminectomy to fix a herniated disc, an injury she obtained while working as a package handler. Even after the surgery, she was left with pain and a lingering numbness in her left leg. Though physical therapy helped, she noticed that she felt particularly good after getting a massage. This observation led her to study Ashiatsu Oriental Bar Therapy?a type of massage in which the practitioner uses bare feet to deliver flowing, effleurage strokes?under the practice?s founder, Ruthie Piper Hardee. Rhonda is currently on the mastery level of this modality.
At Prolong Symmetry, Rhonda and her team of licensed massage therapists specialize in more than 10 types of massage. Services range from more traditional Swedish and deep-tissue massages to Hawaiian lomi-lomi, an ancient healing practice during which therapists stimulate the body?s pressure points with their thumbs, elbows, and thoughts on early Dada filmmaking.
Body Solution Systems helps keep bodies in top shape with a slew of revivifying services. The whole-body detox commences with a 30-minute dip into the ionic foot bath, which soothingly lures toxins out of the liver, joints, and intestines using a combination of negatively charged waters and carefully placed sandwiches. The soak also pumps up the immune system, lessens joint stiffness, and boosts cellular energy, before the second half of the detox tranquilly totters the body through a double dose of vibration therapy. Clients enjoy 20 minutes of seated sound vibration and 10 minutes of machine-manufactured shimmying, shaking anatomies into a new state of well-being. Like most book clubs, the vibration therapy increases bodily oxygenation, burns fat, and strengthens muscle tone.