Looking at her long list of credentials, it's safe to say there's little Kim-Marie Patey, AP can't do when it comes to health and wellness. With specializations in acupuncture, clinical massage, and body wraps, she's aptly prepared to help clients find relief from a whole host of ailments, from arthritis and asthma to postural imbalances, to unwanted pounds. When it comes to beauty, she helps soothe skin issues such as sun damage with facials customized to skin type, and can even undo wrinkles and sagging skin with high-tech approaches including laser facials, and electro facial rejuvenation.
Since its humble beginnings in 1935 as a small health-food store that specialized in yogurt, GNC has evolved into the world's largest specialty retailer of nutritional products. The chain's more than 4,800 retail locations throughout the country stock numerous vitamins and supplements, all of which meet the company's strict standards for truthful labeling, ingredient safety, and product potency. They carry supplements that aid in sports nutrition, protein intake, diet, digestion, and beauty. Equally as dedicated to customers' shopping experiences as it is to product quality, the company created GNC University, an online learning platform, to help staff members bone up on nutrition and fitness knowledge. The knowledgeable sales associates field questions about everything from weight-management plans to stacking supplements for optimum earlobe strength.
Usually when people think of salt, seasoning comes to mind. But at Fusion Therapy, salt has an entirely different purpose: Relaxation and therapy. Breathing salt-infused air has been a long-standing practice to improve respiratory health and detoxify the body's system for optimal wellness. Their salt therapy rooms are modeled after European salt caves and are covered floor to ceiling with Dead Sea Salt. The addition of zero-gravity chairs make it ideal therapeutic relaxation. Clients relax in the chairs while breathing in the medical-grade salt that's emitted from a dry salt aerosol generator. As clients unwind in the drug-free treatment, they simultaneously tackle health issues including asthma, bronchitis, and skin conditions. Clients can also opt for other therapies including infrared therapy to zap pain and stimulate weight loss and massage therapy to alleviate chronic aches and everyday stresses.
Inside all of The Salt Scene's treatment rooms, Himalayan rock salt covers the walls, thereby creating a therapeutic environment by sterilizing the space with negative ions. As guests nap, read, or act out an entire CSI episode during their 45-minute halotherapy treatments, they also breathe in the salty air, which helps relax the body and reduce any inflammation in the respiratory system. Other benefits range from strengthening immune systems against future illnesses to lessening allergies by opening up nasal passages. The Salt Scene even houses a salt bed, whose adjustable concentration levels are ideal for clients seeking customizable treatment to address certain ailments.
Martisa and Stan had a problem with sinus pressure and congestion. When they discovered how much salt therapy helped that, they started dropping by regularly. They're joined by clients seeking treatment for respiratory and skin conditions that range from asthma to ear infections.
While at The Salt Room, visitors lounge in a tranquil chamber whose walls, like Liberace's favorite kitchen apron, are entirely covered with sparkling salt crystals. To multiply the therapeutic effects, state-of-the-art halogenerators emit a breathable saline dust made from pharmaceutical-grade salt and fresh, filtered air. As guests inhale deeply, NASA-inspired, zero-gravity recliners lift their feet slightly above heart level, reducing the strain on their spines as they nap or read. A children’s room entertains little ones with art and toys as they absorb the beneficial effects, and a third chamber hosts yoga classes. Deep-tissue and Thai massages enable clients to take in the rooms’ healing properties as the tension in their backs ebbs away.
Outside of its therapy rooms, The Salt Room continues to guide guests on their path to wellness with acupuncture sessions and skincare treatments. These rely on exfoliation, extractions, and vitamin-C peels to cleanse skin without relying on licks from salt-hungry deer.
Upon first glance, the treatment room at Salt Room Millenia seems suspiciously barren; visitors who stick around, however, may soon notice the immunity-boosting effects of the 2.5 tons of Himalayan salt that adorn the walls and flood the atmosphere with a sea of negatively charged ions. As the lights dim and guests settle into lounge chairs, an amber glow overtakes the room to facilitate deep relaxation while mineral-rich salt aerosols seep into sinuses and pores. With each breath of air, waves of all-natural salt pervade the lungs to assuage respiratory illnesses and calm aches and pains.
Though the salt rooms for children and adults are its main draw, Salt Room Millenia has several other healing tricks buried in its spice rack. Professional acupuncturists arrange hair-thin needles across backsides to alleviate pain and fatigue, and massage therapists wipe away aches with soothing back rubs. After all the lounging, spa visitors can awaken their limbs with one of the center's additional services, which include myotonic muscle toning, sports massage and personal training.