At Downtown Chic, skillful staff unknot tension with therapeutic massages and rehydrate dry mugs with a signature facial. Spines may enter the spa's taupe-hued massage room like stern, unbending iron, but the hands of a certified massage therapist transform even the most ornery vertebrae into pliant clumps of sticky rice. Those desirous of refreshed face-skin can undergo a 45-minute signature facial, where dermal surfaces receive a thorough sudsing, a gentle exfoliation, and a moisturizing treatment that makes visages glow like dew-covered disco balls. A 45-minute stress-relief massage follows, in which a massage therapist seeks to drain tension from the back, neck, shoulders, and feet.
Mimosa Spa Salon takes its name from the mimosa flower, whose beautiful pink and violet blooms signify the arrival of spring. Similarly, the salon and spa incorporates nature into much more than its name. Expert stylists such as Alyshia Brown use high-quality products during haircuts and colors. Meanwhile, spa staffers wax away unwanted hair, massage tense muscles, and trim nails on the hands and feet.
A wildly successful alternative to traditional day spas—its more than 250 locations blanket 36 states and eight countries—Planet Beach Spa is a futuristic relaxation station where state-of-the-art machines administer all 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 in order to offset the effects of a dry climate or a rear-end collision with a salt truck. The range of services include total skincare, wellness, weight management, relaxation and renewal treatments. 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.
As both a doctor and an athlete, Robert Shapiro has worked for years to understand how the two fields connect. Recently certified as a chiropractic sports practitioner, the doctor enjoys practicing muay thai kickboxing and cycling in his spare time, and he was active in judo competitions, Brazilian jujitsu tournaments, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle auditions. After attending both Logan College of Chiropractic and Palmer College of Chiropractic, Shapiro participated in a long list of postgraduate trainings, ranging from restorative endocrinology to Russian kettlebell rehab. He draws on both sides of his experience to guide the staff at Health Source Chiropractic and Progressive Rehab of Stockton, where they combine massage therapy, rehabilitation, and chiropractic care to help their clients get healthy and stay that way.