People don’t go to a deli to fight wrinkles, fine lines, and acne outbreaks. But at Youthful Trends, skincare apothecaries mix custom, natural, handmade body butters and beauty products behind a beauty deli. It's this smorgasbord of organic serums and creams that lays claim to the Earthworm Wrinkle Butter, which was praised on The Doctors for its anti-aging blend of green-tea extracts and secrets for fighting off early birds. In addition to tailored blends of fresh fruit and botanicals, aestheticians encourage glowing complexions with LED light, bronze bodies in beds equipped with personal sound systems, and lift moods with vitamin D-enriched lights.
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 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. Personal spa assistants are always on hand to demonstrate how to use the equipment.
Bodhi Holistic Spa houses a squadron of licensed massage therapists who strive to knead woebegone bodies back to health with a multicultural variety of techniques. During the therapeutic massage, a dexterous set of digits rubs soothing oils up and down the entire body, working out knotty discomfort and aiming to increase blood and lymph flow from head to toe. The infrared emitters in the subsequent sauna session radiate their heat directly into refreshed guests, eliminating the need for steam or lathering one’s body in tabasco sauce. Thirty minutes in the heat box can help to flush toxins and relax muscles for a full-throttle rejuvenation.
At Northampton Naturopathic Associates, the on-staff naturopathic doctors address imbalances of the body and mind with a full roster of holistic treatments and therapies. After assessing an individual's medical history, lifestyle, and average weekly Play-Doh consumption, they are able to recommend a custom regimen of treatments such as homeopathy, diet and nutritional supplements, and detox services. If clients are simply in search of relaxation, they can book 30-minute sessions on the clinic's hydro-massage bed, which kneads muscles with focused jets of water, and beauty seekers can opt for a course of Endermologie treatments, which take aim at cellulite deposits.
Below the red-and-blue logo of Holistic Retreat & Institute floats the phrase, "Learn, heal, grow," underscoring the center's commitment to making health and education accessible to all. Founder Dr. Alya Shabunin provides a diverse range of holistic and educational services to help her patients make lifestyle changes that can bring about overall wellness. She leads cancer-prevention educational programs, heads up holistic retreats, and guides patients through whole-body detoxification, which can induce weight loss more easily than removing several teeth. She also holds free weekly seminars to raise awareness about disease prevention, proper nutrition, and stress reduction.
At Sustainable Health & Wellness, naturopathic physician and massage therapist Dr. Dana Lapointe leads a team of wellness professionals whose expertise ranges from weight loss and acupuncture, to organic facials and energy healing. In addition to yoga, Pilates, and meditation, clients can unwind in an infrared sauna, which raises body temperature to detoxify organs, slenderize the body, and reduce muscle or joint pain.