Licensed massage therapist Ginny Forbes helps her patients overcome chronic pain and deep-seated muscle tension with a caring, therapeutic approach to her craft. She works one-on-one with her patients to tailor each treatment specifically for their needs, whether they're looking to reduce fluid retention from sitting at their desk job all day, or reduce bruising and swelling after sleeping on a pile of rocks all night.
Kelli Langford has always been something of an artist; she just traded in the paintbrushes and pigments of her youth for the hairbrushes and hair dyes of a stylist. Working at New Image Salon, she mows her way through as much as eight inches of hair a day, but that's not where she feels her artistry comes into play. She finds her creative peak in styling and coloring clients' hair—a talent that has resulted in vibrant red tones and trendy ombre looks. But whatever the service, some things are always a given: salon-quality products and a strict policy against using cacti for hairbrushes. "I always test my products and get familiar with them before ever using them on a client," Kelli says.
Dr. B. Tasleyma Sattar is an osteopathic doctor and researcher who's devoted her practice to holistic family medicine. Drawing on her experience as the chief resident at Palmetto General Hospital and owner of Oakmont Wellness Center, Dr. Sattar conducts diagnostic tests and therapies to address everyday issues. At her office she specializes not only in family medicine but also in travel medicine, administering immunizations, offering one-on-one counseling, and supplying patients with airport-friendly, metal-free stethoscopes.
By offering medical and aesthetic procedures in one practice, the technicians and board-certified physicians at Premier Body Worx are better able to address the many conditions that can affect aging skin. Most of the treatments offered here use noninvasive techniques and medical-grade technology to refine skin appearance while incurring minimal amounts of downtime. Cosmetic lasers, for example, can help eliminate unwanted body hair or can be used to firm the skin. Then there are chemical peels and microdermabrasion, which help improve the skin's tone and texture by softening the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, and leftover food crumbs. The center's staff also offers injectable dermal fillers, which leave the skin looking youthfully smooth.
The well-trained technicians at Envy, A Medical Day Spa disintegrate unwanted body hair with a Quanta System Ultrawave II laser under the direction of Dr. Kris Wusterhausen. The laser system can be carefully calibrated to disrupt hair growth on all skin types and shades, from light to dark to purple polka dot, targeting each follicle at the root. An onboard cooling system ameliorates the slight stinging sensation that can accompany treatment. Envy's staff recommends using all six treatments on a single area for best results.
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.