New Health Centers consists of more than 400 health-care practitioners across the country, each working to alleviate physical discomfort with natural techniques. Doctors work in conjunction with licensed massage therapists to soothe aches, pains, and relieve stress.
The technicians of Ever Clean Colonics utilize FDA-compliant colon-hydrotherapy devices with single-use tubing to flush away impacted waste. Colon-hydrotherapy sessions begin with a full explanation of the technique and procedures in order to ensure clients feel comfortable. Clients then don a full-length gown to preserve their modesty and keep their tails hidden before lying on a treatment table. For the next 35–45 minutes, separate tubes bring clean water in and waste water out of the colon, potentially disrupting constipation, impacted fecal matter, and gas and bloating.
Japanese-style folding screens line up to form private treatment areas inside Hallelujah Foot & SPA. Each nook holds treatment beds where clients relax during massages and acupuncture sessions. The spa's other services include facials and waxing sessions for the legs, stomach, and liver. The relaxing vibe is enhanced by Japanese hand fans and paper butterflies in bright hues clinging to the wall.
John Mitchell’s many certifications allow him to perform massages, personal training sessions, CPR, as first aid, as well as combat bloodborne pathogens when vampires get reckless. John dispenses most of those skills at Advanced Bodyworks, where clients recline during relaxing massages and stay upright during calorie-burning workouts.
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 our planet." She somehow balanced principles and profit, partnering in global campaigns with UNICEF, Greenpeace, Amnesty International, and the United Nations, all while expanding her brand into 2,500 locations in 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 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 a UK-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 Blue Corn 3-in-1 deep-cleansing scrub mask often appear in Allure, Marie Claire, and other national publications.
Bare Skin and Laser’s licensed medical aestheticians and certified laser technicians whisk away the fuzz and blemishes that obscure exteriors, revealing their clients’ underlying beauty. With the Palomar StarLux laser system, they permanently banish leg hair and liberate moustaches for mailing to Charlie Chaplin impersonators. Zeroing in on the skin itself, the technicians renew visages with treatments such as IPL skin rejuvenation and chemical peels that incorporate blueberry extracts and antioxidants as they improve skin’s appearance. In addition to refreshing epidermises, the center can also shade them with Bronze Biologic spray tans, imbuing a coppery glow that distracts from one’s extra bellybutton at the beach.
Well-being gets a well-rounded boost from Forever Young Sport Spa's more than 25 Pilates and yoga instructors, licensed massage therapists, aestheticians, and personal trainers, all of whom work together to calm bodies and minds with in-home and studio spa services. Skilled hands hush whining necks and shoulders with eight modalities of massage, including aromatherapy with eucalyptus, peppermint, and rosemary oils and a shiatsu technique that stimulates the body's meridians with pressure and acupuncture. Custom facials punch away at pore-clogging dirt and debris, and sauna wraps help remove toxins and boost metabolism.
Taught by nationally certified instructors, Pilates and yoga group classes include beginner and intermediate reformer, cardio boot camp reformer, advanced reformer, and studio mat classes. The spa's spacious studio complements the flowing movements with simple designs in pale, earthy tones. Additional personal-training sessions eliminate the need to paint muscles on otherwise nice T-shirts.