When Christine Hagadorn arrived at her 25th anniversary as an administrative worker, she decided it was time to try something new. Always a believer in alternative therapies, Christine earned a license in massage therapy and set out to help others find relief from stress and aches. She's certainly found her calling at The Healing Within Massage, where she specializes in everything from gentle Swedish massages to trigger-point therapy for overworked muscles.
Planet Beach treats its clientele the right blend of beauty and relaxation. Visitors might relax atop a hydro-massage table, which uses heated water jets to soothe tense muscles. They can then get sun-kissed skin inside sunless tanning booths or opt for a luminous facial, which uses a bar of light to tighten and firm skin. Planet Beach also hosts Facial Fridays. During this weekly event, certified consultants design skincare regimens catered to each client's skin type.
Led by owner Dr. Armando Gonzalez, the team of clinicians and technicians at Resolutions Medical Spa use state-of-the-art technology to revitalize both skin and body. In order to restore youthful looks lost to time or under sofa-seat cushions, techs use approaches such as fractional CO2, Botox, and chemical peels to combat wrinkles. They also blast away unwanted hair with laser hair-removal sessions, and customize weight-loss plans to help clients drop extra pounds. To bolster these beauty services, massage therapists are on hand to quiet complaining muscles with Swedish, deep-tissue, and prenatal techniques.
Lady of America has designed its fitness centers, which are equipped with strength-training and toning equipment, specifically for women. Personal training grants expert advice, and the centers’ included on-site childcare frees up moms to attend group classes, such as Pilates, Zumba, and yoga, without their children interrupting their asanas to ask for financial advice. The staff also proffers senior programs and plans for weight loss and improved nutrition, and maintains an array of cardio equipment.
To call The Body Shop a mere skin and body care store is to miss half of what makes it special. Late founder Dame Anita Roddick was a pioneer for ethical business practices; upon opening her first store in Brighton, England, in 1976, she developed company values such as "Defend Human Rights" and "Protect The Planet." She somehow balanced principles and profit, partnering in global campaigns with UNICEF, Greenpeace, Amnesty International, and the United Nations, all while ultimately expanding her brand into 2,500 locations in over 60 international markets. After her death in 2007, then-British Prime Minister Gordon Brown said, ?She campaigned for green issues for many years before it became fashionable to do so and inspired millions to the cause by bringing sustainable products to a mass market. . . . She was an inspiration.?
Indeed, the Body Shop exhibits an eco-friendliness and social consciousness that's hard to come by in a company of its size. Its products have been fair-trade since 1987, and its Against Animal Testing movement led to an EU-wide ban of animal testing of cosmetics. The products are made from ingredients harvested from around the world: shea butter from Ghana goes into body scrubs and butters, and Indian artisans craft wooden massagers and tote bags that are screenprinted by hand. But all that isn't to say the company's production practices overshadow its final products. Skincare treatments such as the brand?s iconic body butters, facial products, and gift collections often appear in Allure, Marie Claire, Lucky, Seventeen and other national publications.
Advanced DermaCare Inc's founder, Diane D. Lowery, earned a CIDESCO certification in aesthetics while studying at the venerable Clinique La Prairie wellness retreat in Montreux, Switzerland. Although her European education evokes a low-tech, layered approach to facials, Lowery?approaching 30 years as a skin therapist?specializes in the opposite. Her gentle facials promote firm, even tone with pulses of LED light and electro-microcurrents, and exfoliate rough areas with tiny diamond chips or water jets enriched with antioxidants. She attended courses in naturopathic medicine at Bastyr University to develop a holistic view of skin health, and studied ways to turn back the body's clock without triggering early daylight-saving time at the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine.
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