Anyone who's completed four full Ironman triathlons must know a thing or two about staying in shape. Add to that the fact that Dr. Brent Larsen is board certified by the American Board of Obesity Medicine and has studied the field since 2010, and it's clear why people trust his clinic to provide weight-loss and aesthetic services at SLC Med Spa. The clinic's weight-loss methods are based on scientific testing of the client's metabolism and body composition, a practice that allows the staff of certified personal trainers to draw up meal plans and recommend supplements with greater accuracy than if they were basing their advice on a horoscope stained with meat sauce. On occasion, CoolSculpting provides a machine-assisted boost by crystallizing fat cells with targeted cooling. Peels and injectables such as Botox and Dysport put the finishing touches on complexions as they smooth away blemishes and iron out wrinkles.
Although clients are often there for their own good, the center doesn't feel like somewhere you'd visit as a chore. As guests await their treatments, they watch a flat-screen TV in a waiting room replete with leather furniture, earthen tones, and wood-paneled walls that reflect handsomely off the burnished tile floor.
Armed with potent skincare products from such brands as Exuviance and Hempz Body Care, Melia Joy brings a youthful glow to clients of all skin types and aesthetic aspirations. Her salon treats bodies from head to toe with classic services such as peels and facials in addition to specialized care for male clients, brides-to-be, and brides-to-wear-open-toed-shoes-to-the-wedding.
Cuticle caretaker Heidi Bishop at Star 21 Salon indulges clients with a 90-minute mani-pedi that relaxes the mind and rejuvenates the fingers and toes. At the pedi station, a warm bath soaks feet, softening skin for a scrub that scours inseams and heels to remove calluses earned during barefoot treadmill contests. Next, Heidi’s deft digits push and clip cuticles before applying a rich moisturizer and a coat of OPI polish. During the manicure, Heidi pampers hands with the same regimen of soaking, shaping, and polishing.
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.
During each of Divine Massage’s therapies, heated tables set the stage for relaxation while licensed therapists shoo away stress using hot towels and coconut oil. Swedish massages employ long, gliding strokes to comfortably kick-start blood flow and dispel tension for an experience as relaxing as a slow-motion hug. Stress sluggers delve below surface-level muscles during deep-tissue massages to uproot embedded knots. Deep-tissue massages often incorporate the muscle-lengthening motions of sports massage as well, stimulating recovery from athletic injuries. With a one-hour couples massage, pairs of friends, partners, and sports-team mascots sip cider before lying side by side while therapists promote relaxation with Swedish massage techniques. Clients can upgrade any massage to include hot stone, reflexology therapies, or four-hand massage, in which two therapists work simultaneously, for an additional cost.
The licensed massage therapists at Deep Tissue & Structural Healing send soothing ripples across the muscles with a diverse array of massage modalities. A muscle mender can administer flowing Swedish strokes to promote relaxation, or hone in on more troublesome aches during a custom deep-tissue session. Guests may also pair bodywork with hot towels, warm organic oil, or a stint in the facility's infrared sauna.