Since she was a young girl, Berni Massari has been aware of her instinctive ability to sense illness in other people. She used her gift to assist medical doctors during exploratory surgery, and, after struggling to find a satisfying career path, decided to apply her talents in the field of natural medicine. Massari went on to earn her PhD and become a fellow of the British Institute of Homeopathy. After working in nursing homes, where traditional Western medicine was not meeting all of the residents' needs, she opened her own group of elderly care homes, and witnessed the restorative powers of homeopathy combined with a healthy dose of compassion.
The natural healthcare specialist, author, and weekly radio-show hostess now shares her passion for healing at Integrative Health Associates. Her wellness philosophy incorporates both classical homeopathy?which uses one remedy at a time to treat disease?and time-sensitive preventative methods to diminish conditions such as chronic pain, allergies, anemia, and psoriasis. The caring practitioner even treats pets, including ferrets suffering from diabetes or parrots who develop laryngitis after living with opera singers.
Pain can come in many forms, and Simple Cure Massage Therapy's single remedy works to address them all. The massage clinic's skilled therapists help adults, seniors, and even children to find relief from pain due to physical injury, overworked muscles, or stress from feuding with imaginary best friends. The massage therapists customize each treatment to accommodate clients' rehabilitation goals and problem areas, and they use massage techniques including lava stones, trigger-point therapy, and deep, targeted kneads. The clinic's staff also holds sessions where clients can learn relaxation techniques that they can self-administer, including stretching, hot and cold therapy, and self-hugging.
Along with a wide variety of massage techniques, Simple Cure Massage Therapy offers many customized skincare treatments. Technicians carefully analyze clients' skin in order to create an effective skin treatment, customized to a client's individual needs. Facials address a multitude of issues including acne, hyperpigmentation, and signs of aging. After skin has been pampered, technicians can also remove unwanted hair from the face.
Fuchsia lives up to its incandescent name: its hot-pink walls vibrate under shimmering chandeliers. The pink ceiling curves and cuts away to expose industrial chrome pipes reflecting the script of a neon fuchsia Fuchsia sign. Profiled by ABC's The Revolution, Good Morning Arizona, and magazines such as Everyday with Rachael Ray, the spa pampers its guests so thoroughly, it's earned a spot on Gayot's list of Top 10 Value Spas in the world.
Visitors call in or make online appointments to be bundled in body wraps, receive custom facials, or spruce up their nails. Massages take place in private suites where customers can tune into their own iPods, and hair-removal services prep parties for windstorms in velcro factories. The spa also contains a blow-dry bar, a makeup-artistry station, and shelves and racks of boutique apparel, accessories, and skincare products.
A wildly successful alternative to traditional day spas—its more than 300 locations blanket 36 states and half a dozen countries—Planet Beach Contempo 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. 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.
Convenience comes first at Celebrity Tanning, where a plethora of metro locations, extended hours, and a large lineup of tanning equipment ensure clients can achieve a sun-kissed glow with minimum fuss. Four tiers of UV beds offer escalating amenities that add to the comfort and efficacy of tanning sessions, incorporating extra facial tanners, aromatherapy, MP3 hookups, and inspirational posters of famous suns from other galaxies. For more immediate results, the salon?s automated Mystic Tan booth sends sweeping jets of misted bronzer over bodies to create a streak-free tan that lasts 7?10 days after one 60-second session. The staff of tanning specialists can help customers choose the right type of session for their skin or budget, answering any questions that may come up. Tan-prolonging lotions from brands such as Australian Gold and California Tan are also available to enhance the depth and duration of a tan without equipping clothes with UVA bulbs.
Though she started her career in a traditional medical practice, Dr. Christine Brass-Jones believes that health is about more than prescriptions and pills. Her current practice at The Center for True Harmony Wellness and Medicine takes into account holistic remedies that factor in the health of the patient's body and mind no matter what ailment is being treated. An experienced staff of doctors and massage therapists offers services to promote a lifetime of wellness, such as women's health, family medicine, and massages. As they treat maladies, perform checkups, and test trivia retention, Dr. Brass-Jones and her associates offer naturopathic remedies for ailments when possible. The variety of treatments the clinic offers includes traditional Western massages as well as Eastern approaches such as reiki, pain-relieving cupping, and facials with Rhonda Allison products.