The stresses of everyday life dissipate at the hands of Desert Palms Alternative Health’s licensed massage therapists, who relieve tension and aches within the confines of an all-purpose health spa. Led by massage therapist, alternative healer, and Canadian expat James R. Davis, the team culls techniques from a wide range of modalities—from the long, flowing strokes of Swedish to the penetrating warmth of hot-stone massage. Their breadth of knowledge allows them to cultivate massages that treat patients as individuals and even accommodate special conditions such as pregnancy.
The alternative healing center’s customized spa services don’t end with massages. Within the serene confines of a private treatment room, licensed aesthetician Samantha rejuvenates skin with AgeSmart back treatments and natural facials that take advantage of clay’s sibling rivalry with dirt. When she isn’t exfoliating faces and backs, Samantha spreads warm wax across the body to swiftly and gently remove unwanted hair.
Card sharks place their bets at Lucky Derby Casino's smoke-free blackjack and poker tables before heading over to Rounders Sports Bar for hearty steak dinners, billiards, and darts. Appetizing niblets ready hunger pangs for their fate, as couples sip on selections from the beer and wine list. A 12-ounce cut of tender rib-eye steak or tilapia whispers sweet nothings to taste buds, as a potato and veggies skulk on the side, always the bridesmaid. After dinner, chalk up some cues for eight felt-pelting rounds of pool or test precision tossing skills at the dartboard. Fifteen high-definition TVs rain down sporting events pumped into the pub by ESPN GamePlan and NFL Sunday Ticket, and comics make with the chuckling during open-mic Tuesday. The athletics-themed venue fills up with the sounds of amateur crooning on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights as singers take the karaoke stage.
Troubled by her own struggles with dry, sensitive skin, Joanna Christiaan-Lundt decided to take a proactive approach and began learning more about basic skincare techniques. This initial research sparked her passion for aesthetics—a passion that would eventually become a career as she continued her studies, attending a formal beauty school and working alongside a physician who practiced aesthetic medicine.
At Christiann Esthetics, she applies all of this knowledge while designing personalized skincare treatments for her clients. Her facials use a variety of approaches to leave skin looking youthful and radiant. In addition to indulging skin with everything from Vitamin C-rich products to medical-grade collagen masques, she also offers chemical peels and microdermabrasion procedures, which helps conceal fine lines and sun damage.
Gabrielle pampers her clients with skin and body treatments at her eponymous aesthetics spa. From classic European facials to corrective peels and microcurrents facials, her beautifying skin treatments yield the most dramatic results when performed in a series. The pampering isn't limited to the skin; however, as swedish and deep-tissue massages knead away tension and painful knots, and body wraps banish toxins and water retention. Gabrielle carries professional skincare products including Pevonia cleansers and moisturizers, as well as Medicalia products for sensitive and reactive skin, which might become passive aggressive if not properly cared for.
Aspiring cosmetologists and estheticians get an education and hands-on training at Hoss Lee Academy—all under the under the supervision of licensed instructors. These instructors work to fill their students' spray bottles with industry knowledge so that they pass the California State Board Exam when their coursework is complete and their mannequins get approached by modeling agencies. Students hone their skills by completing services such as haircuts, color treatments, and facials, as well as manicures, waxing, and makeup applications.
The stylists at Belle Epoque Hair Styling strive to exceed the expectations of their customers with each and every haircut, coloring treatment, and styling service they perform. The salon has a full menu of spa services as well, including 60- to 90-minute massages and waxing services that defuzz eyebrows, upper lips, and bears taking a tropical vacation in the middle of hibernation.
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