Having planned and executed massage therapy for the Tennessee Titans and competitors in the Rock ?n? Roll Marathon, the muscle menders at Athletic Edge know how to help the body recover from physical trauma and athletic exertion. Their highly individualized treatments pull from more than 15 modalities?soothing muscles with gliding Swedish strokes, targeting the deeper connective tissue with neuromuscular therapy, and even combining salutary techniques to treat the underlying causes of aches. Although the gentle or directed kneading can have a distinctively relaxing effect, the therapists specialize in jump-starting clients' natural healing processes and helping them overcome the soft-tissue pains that athletic activity, auto accidents, and full-contact charades can cause. The studios also partner with chiropractors and physical therapists to form a one-stop treatment center for athletes, with particular modalities complementing the strains incurred by particular sports.
It doesn't take long to trace the pain-relief techniques of Drs. Alen and Letitia Heshmat back to their originator. That's because the two learned much of what they know from Dr. Anthony B. Morovati, who in turn studied with Dr. Janet G. Travell, the mother of myofascial therapy and the White House physician to Presidents Kennedy and Johnson. But though the Heshmats have a high regard for Travell's classic methods, they're not shy about adopting new techniques. Along with chiropractic adjustments atop low-impact Thompson treatment tables, the Heshmats offer unusual physiotherapy modalities that use electrical currents to treat sprains, arthritis, and TMJ issues and to reanimate dead fig trees. The clinic's team also features a licensed acupuncturist and a certified massage therapist.
The multispecialty team at Body Kneads takes a no-frills approach to pampering. Stylists offer guests a complimentary beverage as they get down to business transforming hair and nails. Aestheticians analyze skin during hydrating facials, and massage pros aim to send bodies into a state of relaxation. Whereas the jacuzzi area boasts a wall-length mural depicting a mountainous lake scene, the main salon is simply decorated with plants and flowers. Large mirrors allow patrons to admire freshly tanned skin or check to see if a body-scrub treatment has removed a self-applied chocolate bull's-eye meant for Cupid.
Face-N-Body not only uses relaxing massages to ease stress?they also target sagging skin. Their Shape-Up weight-loss massage style mixes lymphatic drainage techniques with the manipulation of deep-tissue acupressure points, trying to loosen the knots beneath muscles for a more toned appearance. Additionalservices include massages for relaxation's sake as well. The team administers Swedish, therapeutic, and prenatal massages with kneads customized to each client's condition, whether tired after a long week at work or sore after chasing the Road Runner all over the desert. Hot stones add soothing warmth to the treatment, whereas aromatherapy infuses the room with calming scents.
Face-N-Body rounds out their spa menu with facials and microdermabrasion sessions. Basic facials include a cleanse, exfoliation, and moisturizing mask for your skin type. The microdermabrasion clears complexions of dead cells, exposing the underlying layer of clearer, smoother skin.
Bianca de Jong launched her first spa boutique in the Netherlands. After helming it for more than 10 years, she hopped the pond and landed in California, where she opened Forest Spa Boutique. To keep her services aligned with European standards, de Jong regularly returns to the Old World, learning new skills and expanding her collection of Big Ben key chains. She specializes in facial treatments related to aging, and can enhance each appointment with add-ons including peels, massages, and paraffin dips. During a customized massage, she blends essential oils with carrier oils to create a soothing aroma that is rubbed and kneaded into the skin. De Jong also grooms body hair with a gentle Italian wax that quickly ousts unwanted strands and vermicelli noodles.
Named for the Greek goddess of the rainbow who replenished peace and energy in nature, Beauty Spa by Ereeda has a service menu designed to help clients find relaxation and balance in their own lives. Staff such as aesthetician Tetyana infuse their skin treatments with natural ingredients and calming extras. European facials, for example, includes an upper body massage. Ereeda is also a popular spot for those seeking more in-depth treatments, including full treatment facials, which include an oxygen treatment, unstress rosacea treatment, anti-acne treatment, collagen treatment, and an anti-aging treatment.