The folks at Elude Medical & Skin Spa understand that it's hard to give proper due to your skin, what with the daily hassles of work and family. So the goal of William C. Swanson, MD and his staff is to pay proper attention and care to clients' skin in a comforting and slow-paced atmosphere. Dr. Swanson has 40 years of experience in the medical field, and has surrounded himself with a team of physician's assistants, nurse practitioners, and registered nurses. Together they offer many options for caring for aging and damaged skin. These include Botox and Juvederm to stymie wrinkles, chemical peels, and laser hair removal. They also offer help with skincare regimens such as SkinMedica, Revision, and Eminence Organics.
A passion and appreciation for wellness is the foundation of AcuSpa Wellness Center & Spa. The staff seeks to nurture, restore, and beautify their clients through acupuncture, massage therapy, and spa treatments. During acupuncture, they insert fine needles into the body to restore balance and help the recipients heal from such ailments as depression, hypertension, allergies, and migraines. Along with acupuncture, the state-licensed practitioners use an array of Chinese medical treatments including acussage: a combination of acupuncture and massage. They also preform a cosmetic Chinese facial to promote circulation and reduce puffiness, fine lines, and the likelihood of sour-beer face.
Board-certified physician and bariatric medicine specialist Dr. Sarkar oversees the programs at Pasadena Weight Loss, where he prescribes appetite suppressants and weight-loss medications to help clients shed pounds. In addition to evaluating patients' condition and medical history during consultations, the physician also draws up customized diet plans based on patients' resting metabolic rate and caloric requirements.
At Pilates Barbell Club, Lauren Saracione and her team of trainers, dancers, and bikini competitors lead a regimen of weight-lifting, conditioning, and Pilates workouts known as PBC 5X7. The studio's schedule boasts ample semi-private, 45-minute workout sessions of four people, which begin with a warm-up of rocking, crawling, and squatting exercises. Students segue into barbell hoists for strength training and move on to high-intensity interval training to get blood pumping for heart-strengthening conditioning. Sessions end with a series of Pilates mat exercises that include twisting, turning, side bending, and desert-snake sidewinding.
Cofounder Tina Mui-Wong boasts a passion for the beauty industry that spurred her to earn a cosmetology license before completing high school and establish a pair of spas that have thrived for more than 25 years. In a 2010 interview with Pasadena Magazine, Mui-Wong admits to being a "product freak," which is reflected in her role as developer of Amadeus's signature line, T.E.A. The staff and salon has appeared in the film Legally Blonde 2: Red, White and Blonde, graced television screens on ABC's Extreme Makeover, and exhibited their handiwork on the Rose Bowl queen and her court of chrysanthemum noblesse for two decades.
Amadeus takes pride in its custom massages, and re-trains every nail technician in-house to ensure updated mastery of the hand jive. Guests receive slippers, robes, and complimentary skin consultations upon request, and may pad down the scented hallways after their treatment to decompress in a eucalyptus steam room.
A wildly successful alternative to traditional day spas—its more than 300 locations blanket 36 states and half a dozen countries—Planet Beach Contempo Spa is a neighborhood wellness center where state-of-the-art equipment administers spa services. The technology replaces familiar treatments, as in the Luminous facial, a light-based service that delivers blemish-busting results similar to those of a conventional facial. But other equipment maps out new spa territory entirely: the Hydro-Derma Fusion chamber moisturizes the whole body with nutrient-rich steam in order to offset the effects of a dry climate. Other machines whiten teeth, spray tan skin, assist in weight loss, and massage muscles.
Planet Beach operates on a gym-style membership system, meaning that members purchase packages or pay flat monthly rates. Members receive personal consulting from spa personnel to assist in identifying customer goals and help achieve results.