In the human body, issues such as pain and limited mobility rarely stem from a single cause. That's why the Padgen Institute fused four massage styles into a signature method, instead of sticking to one approach. More than 20 years of practice provide the basis for the Padgen Method, which calls on both elements of structural integration to align the joints and lengthen fascia and craniosacral therapy to jump-start the body's own healing mechanisms. At the same time, Swedish and Esalen massage techniques ease tension lurking just beneath the surface. At his eponymous Padgen Institute of Healing Arts, Steven personally instructs each therapist in the ways of his signature technique to ensure that he or she can ease pain and help realign energy pathways.
Skin Care By Kylie's namesake Kylie Alexander honed her skills at Cameo College of Essential Beauty, where she fell in love with making people feel beautiful and confident. With this mission in mind, Kylie rejuvenates her clients' exteriors with services that range from facials, to waxes, to anti-aging treatments. A licensed medical aesthetician, she enlists the aid of several high-quality beauty products—including Dermalogica, PCA Skin, and morning dew collected droplet by droplet from municipal benches—as she takes aim at nearly any skin condition.
As a mother of two children and a licensed massage therapist, Rebecca Overson believes that "pregnancy can be enjoyed, not just endured." While pregnant with her first child, Rebecca had a hard time finding a bodywork specialist with the skill, sensitivity, and expertise required to meet her changing body's needs. It was this struggle that inspired her to open Salt Lake Prenatal Massage, a place that would provide expert support to other women during and after pregnancy.
Holding certifications in prenatal and postpartum massage, as well as a BA in spiritual psychology, Rebecca uses her personal and professional know-how to guide a staff of other licensed therapists and a pregnancy fitness specialist. A staff member is also on hand to watch youngsters while their expectant mothers relax atop orthopedic body-support cushions.
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.
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.