Although licensed massage therapist Merla Joseph tailors each session based on an initial consultation, she continues refining her approach throughout the entire appointment, adjusting pressure and technique based on how each client's body responds. This approach applies to every modality that Merla uses, including Swedish, deep-tissue, hot-stone, and reflexology massage. She can also enhance sessions with foot treatments, aromatherapy, or by showering clients in $100 bills. Beyond massage, Merla's experience extends to facials, as well as detoxification therapy comprising a steam treatment and an ionic footbath.
Thin needles slip gently into the skin at specific points on the body, promoting balance and a healthy flow of energy. At the other end of these needles is the sure hand of Sonia Li, who uses the ancient practice of acupuncture to alleviate anxiety, hypertension, and chronic pain. Her holistic treatments have also been known to promote collagen growth, which combats wrinkles and fine lines. Sonia's medical knowledge also comes in handy during metabolic assessments, in which she advises clients to cut back on drinking soda and unrefined oil.
Doctor of Chiropractic Marc Weinberg believes that the only way to truly treat patients and alleviate their weight-loss and chiropractic woes is to get to know them. That’s why the 20-year veteran encourages every visitor to his office to speak with him in a one-on-one assessment, during which they fill out a comprehensive questionnaire and discuss their history, goals, and favorite medical-textbook publishers.
Dr. Weinberg also believes that health problems are often best solved with natural treatments and aids. So he realigns skewed vertebrae and adjusts spines to alleviate discomfort or other bodily maladies without invasive treatments. He also supervises weight-loss programs so that patients can learn how to lose weight without surgery, and combines the programs with natural body wraps and multiple pats on the back.
Victoria Ruben believes beauty shouldn’t be temporary. After founding her permanent-makeup business 20 years ago in Paris, she decided to further her aesthetic mission by opening a cosmetology and beauty school to share her refined technique with others. Today, Victoria combines her expertise with the latest tattooing equipment to fine-tune faces in her Florida studio. Her precise yet painterly touches of color can simulate all the hallmarks of a professional makeup application, from defining brows to subtly shading lips to drawing distinguished monocles.
Relaxation commences within seconds of stepping through the doors of New Image New Life Spa. Padded wicker chairs and colorful throw pillows invite guests to unwind as they await facials, bodywork sessions, or waxing among a full menu of services. Inside private treatment rooms, flowers and earth-tone walls summon nature's power to calm and comfort. Among the spa’s specialties, a lineup of soothing massages includes hot-stone therapy, whose gentle pressure and penetrating warmth assuages aches and helps detoxify muscles, and shiatsu, a Japanese technique designed to liberate trapped energy through gentle manipulation of acupressure points.
The spa's owner, Ruth Cula, also specializes in permanent-makeup application and European techniques for brightening skin, which she has honed over more than 28 years working one-on-one with clients. One standout is her oxygen therapy, which stimulates cellular renewal and helps make a complexion glow like a hunk of magma at its first dance. During microdermabrasion treatments, Ruth uses a diamond-point instrument to exfoliate dead skin cells, resulting in the minimization of fine lines. Ruth also continues to add to her suite of modern treatments by continuing to earn certificates and training in emerging skin therapies.