Shangri-La Day Spa looks like a surprisingly functional synthesis of a Victorian drawing room and a Japanese teahouse, characterized by oak armchairs upholstered in paisley prints, ornate oriental rugs, and shades that create the impression of paper wall partitions. Inside, licensed massage therapists, aestheticians, and cosmetologists weave their various specialties into a tapestry of relaxation and beautification. Trained therapists whip up nosegays of aromatic essential oils to soothe senses or enlist the tension-melting help of heated volcanic stones during massages. Organic products envelop faces during signature facials and peels, and a sea-salt polish scrubs bodies free of dead skin cells more effectively than sending in a magic school bus full of zombie hunters.
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From straightening crooked spines to nutritional counseling, the doctors of chiropractic at Chiropractic Centers of the Palm Beaches help patients achieve overall wellness. Inside each of the three locations, the staff also banishes unwanted fuzz with laser hair removal, eases pain via acupuncture, and doles out lifestyle advice, suggesting exercise regimens and the best way to befriend someone who owns a boat. The center respects patient privacy with separate rooms for physical therapy, massages, and chiropractic adjustments.
At Performance Health & Chiropractic, Dr. Sara Alexander seeks out nonsurgical, drug-free methods of healing. She first examines patients, often using tongue or pulse evaluations, in order to create a custom care plan for that person, and she relies heavily on patient feedback. Conditions ranging from allergies to slipped disks dissipate thanks to chiropractic adjustments, massages, acupuncture, and decompression tables that stretch spines as gently as if they were Fabergé rubber bands.
Spa Essence’s technicians handle a lot of interesting materials throughout the day—moor mud, fruit enzymes, and algae, to name a few—but none are more interesting than the main ingredient of their cabernet peel: wine. The peel is similar to a chemical peel, but instead of harsh acids, it uses a chemical-free, wine-based solution to help rehydrate complexions and improve appearance of fine lines. The solution is called Cabernet Solution, and it’s made by A Natural Difference, a favorite among Spa Essence’s staff. For more therapeutic services, they also offer 11 different varieties of massage.
At Tao Chi Massage & Skin Care, licensed massage therapist and facial specialist Richard Hays soothes the body and mind with a blend of Asian and European techniques. His distinct approach to deep-tissue massages combines Western strokes with the Asian redirection of chi energy. He also blends the ancient with the modern during other services, such as those powered by the Clarisonic system—a device designed to improve overall skin tone with a thorough cleaning and removal of any silver dollars lodged inside clients’ pores.
Dr. Charles Simpson and his experienced staff of therapists at Urgent Care Chiropractic Pain Center treat severe injuries, stress, and pain with holistic-healing methods. Instead of focusing on symptoms, Dr. Simpson targets the underlying cause of each ailment with noninvasive methods, such as chiropractic services, physiotherapy, and nutrition counseling, to relieve pain and enhance overall well-being.
The staff also relieves chronic aches with a variety of therapeutic massage methods, including Swedish massage, in which hands gently nudge sinews toward peaceful, toxin-free states with deep circular motions, long strokes, and tapping motions executed with the therapist's fingers or a pair of bedazzled drumsticks. Deep-tissue massage focuses on firm pressure, and massage masters use therapeutic techniques to coax stressed muscles toward pliability with skilled hands and Socratic questioning.