What if your back needs the soothing strokes of a swedish massage, but your shoulders need the more insistent kneading of a deep-tissue massage? With its menu of non-traditional modalities, Desert Retreat Massage has you covered. With its custom massage, the therapist quilts together strokes from different massage styles depending on whether the client just needs to relax or has a line of knots in the back spelling out "SOS." The independent therapist also employs both hot and cold rocks to first soothe muscles and then to calm inflamed tissue. Within the oasis-like treatment room's sky-blue walls, customers can opt for add-ons to enhance relaxation, such as eye compresses, and hand and foot massage.
At o2 Juice Bar and Spa, the staff tackles wellness both inside and out. They blend organic beverages at their on-site juice bar and recommend supplements from their stock of for-sale vitamins. They also set clients up at the oxygen bar, where crisp, fresh oxygen refreshes the system. As for the body’s exterior, the staff performs a slew of spa treatments that often incorporate natural or organic elements.
A wildly successful alternative to traditional day spas—its more than 300 locations blanket 36 states and half a dozen countries—Planet Beach is a futuristic relaxation station where state-of-the-art machines administer all the spa and tanning services. These friendly automatons sometimes replace 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 or a rear-end collision with a salt truck. Other machines whiten teeth, spray tan skin, and massage muscles.
Planet Beach operates on a gym-style membership system, meaning that members purchase packages or pay flat monthly rates. As members spend more time at the spa, they get to know the helpful assistants who are always on hand to demonstrate how to use the equipment without activating its ability to cry.
As an athlete himself, Doctor of Chiropractic Scott Mitchell fully understands how physical pain can hamper people from doing the things they love. That's why he has worked with Ironman triathletes and professional soccer players to get them back into competitive form. At Mitchell Chiropractic, he and his staff combat problems caused by athletic activities and everyday movement—including lower-back pain, hip pain, headaches, and sciatica—to return clients to pain-free lives.
At Pure Essentials Weightloss & Wellness Center, healthy-lifestyle plans unfold under the watchful eye of Dr. Robin MacDougall, the center's medical supervisor. The rest of the knowledgeable staff tailors meal plans, exercise programs, and supplement regimens to kick weight-loss efforts into high gear. They further facilitate toning and firming efforts with 45-minute body-wrap treatments.
Microgenesis is a safe, 60-minute facial treatment designed to beautify all skin types by combining the healing powers of Microdermabrasion (a $60 value) and Laser Genesis (a $175 value) treatments into one targeted, customized facial. A skilled aesthetician uses a fine sand tool to gently exfoliate the skin while suctioning dearly departed skin cells and old muffin crumbs from the face's outer layer. Resist the urge to eat the subsequently applied strawberry-spearmint mask, as it will erase the mask's topical benefits, which include improving skin tone, fixing broken capillaries, and hydrating the skin. Like a metaphor for life, once you think it's all over, a bright light in the form of a laser emerges from the mist to heat the upper dermis. This safe, comfortable method stimulates healthy collagen, reduces the appearance of pores, decreases wrinkles, and tightens loose hinges. The strawberry-spearmint Microgenesis process treats uneven skin tone and diffuses redness, leaving skin as silky as a dolphin torpedo.