One look around Seidou Salon Spa tells clients what level of luxury they can expect to find there. From the mounted flat-screen TV that hangs in front of the black leather styling chairs to the porcelain footbaths that squat at the foot of two padded pedicure thrones, the setting suggests a dedication to pampering rarely seen outside of an Olympic cooing match. The private treatment rooms where massages take place even feature a corner tub, in which clients can indulge in hydrotherapy treatments that either relieve soreness with camphor or soften skin with mango, lime, and aloe.
The center's treatments range in nature from clinical to holistic, sometimes incorporating solutions of lactic or salicylic acid—chemical peels—and sometimes favoring Eastern healing methods—acupuncture and chakra-balancing massages. As an Aveda salon, Seidou Salon Spa has access to popular hair-color and conditioning products, and it upholds this standard by also carrying nail polish from OPI, skin creams from PCA Skin, and appointment books made of recycled newspaper clippings of the first moon landing.
Inside a tiled sanctuary, puffs of perfumed steam swim through the air, hovering just above the surface of a Japanese soaking tub. This is no ordinary bathtub. It’s the site of Fusion LifeSpa’s curative bath, a treatment that helps clients unwind in tinctures of hot mustard, spicy ginger, or lavender. Inspired by holistic Asian medicine and therapeutic European techniques, services such as curative baths embody Fusion LifeSpa’s eclectic influences.
In the front waiting area, staff members welcome clients with warm cups of organic green tea, a fitting complement to the spa’s feng shui decor. Inside the treatment rooms, European spa treatments—such as massages and facials—contrast Asian-inspired services, including the jasmine facial mask, which makes use of the spa's proprietary skincare line. Other services, such as a footbath inspired by a Moroccan hammam, cleanse the body with natural assistance from organic coffee, tangerines, and figs. And for holistic care, the spa’s acupuncture services can realign energy lines faster than an electrician trained in heart surgery.
ASAP Therapeutic Massage & Myotherapy?s therapists stay true to their center?s name, taking a fast-acting approach to pain relief with massages that help myofascial aches from chronic and acute pains from day-to-day life. Though they?ve been around since 1985, the staff needs only an hour or two to treat each client with gliding Swedish strokes or a targeted sports massage designed to improve flexibility. Therapists take pride in doing things the old-fashioned way, taking time to make sure every muscle gets the attention it deserves. For a hard-to-find massage experience, try the center?s specialty trigger-point myotherapy, which tackles myofascial aches and heals necks sore from painful 360-degree rotations. ASAP boasts a staff including multiple therapists and a full time receptionist, organizing the appointments in their four fully-equipped treatment rooms.
Ideal Glow combines science and nature during holistic, technology-based aesthetic treatments. The team—which includes a naturopathic physician consultant, nurse practitioner, medical aesthetician, and neuromuscular therapist—specializes in harnessing the power of microcurrent technology. The staff uses low-level electrical currents to perform services including body sculpting and muscle rejuvenation, facial skin tightening, and cellulite reduction. The clinical crew can even use the technology to alleviate stress via transcranial microcurrent therapy, which stimulates brain waves to mimic a pattern that induces deep relaxation and the ability to psychically silence temperamental car alarms.
Other advanced, noninvasive techniques include Ultra-tone body shaping: a needle-free technique that uses an electric current to increase collagen and elastin production. The staff also targets fat and cellulite with the potent topical ingredients of heat-based body wraps.
Dr. Lisa Verna practices chiropractic at Conscious Living Clinic, an alternative health-care facility. She excels in functional endocrinology, a holistic approach to hormonal issues, as well as functional neurology, a discipline that explores the interplay between the nervous system and environment. Applying her expertise in these areas, she zeroes in on the source of health problems and develops personalized treatment plans. Her healing methods are natural and non-medicinal. She favors infrared-sauna treatments for detoxification, chiropractic massage for chronic aches, and spinal adjustments for backbones that look like S, the letter of the day.