Even in junior high, Doctor of Chiropractic Loren Grover knew he wanted to be a chiropractor, as his personal experiences with back issues planted the seeds for his fascination with the spine. After a skiing accident, severe pain in his lower back sent him to his first chiropractor. Eventually, the pain subsided, but his desire to help others burned strong.
It wasn't until chiropractic school that Dr. Grover experienced the benefits of the NUCCA technique—a gentle spinal-adjustment method designed to balance the nervous system and encourage the body to heal itself. Today at Gentle Pain Care Centers, his decade-old practice, Dr. Grover collaborates with his colleague Doctor of Chiropractic Devin Luzod, who is a NUCCA lecturer, wellness author, and chiropractic speaker. Together they aim to heal bodies plagued by headaches, fibromyalgia, and neck pains caused by accidents or years wearing cement wigs.
To help clients look and feel their best, the licensed team at Body Rock Sculpting work at a cellular level. Using ultrasound energy, they target fat cells in the hips, thighs, buttocks and other problem areas in order to drain their contents and shrink trouble areas. When smoothing wrinkles, the administer radio-frequency waves designed to trigger the production of collagen, giving skin cells the plumpness of a vine-ripened zeppelin.
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.
At Matrix Spa & Massage, a relaxing escape doesn't have to end once you leave the massage table. Helmed by Julieta Hernandez, a former reporter who moved to the United States to learn English but soon discovered her calling for massage therapy, she founded Matrix Spa & Massage in 2001, and has since received many accolades, including from the staff of Salt Lake City Weekly for "Best Magic Fingers" as well as from the government of Salt Lake City for sustainable environmental practices. When clients step inside the walls, the spa is immediately set apart from others by its meditation cave. Here, technicolor sconces illuminate plush recliners within the soothing space. Sessions in the meditation cave can be booked with or without any other service, ensuring anyone can stop by to find a quiet space to read or shout "Echo!"
Though the meditation cave sets the spa apart, the massages have won its loyal client base, who range from professional athletes to federal judges. Available massages include classic Swedish and deep-tissue sessions along with more specialized modalities, such as the expertise massage—a mix of 10 different techniques, including acupressure and Thai massage—and the four-hands massage. And, in addition to its signature muscle-soothing services, the spa also offers a private steam room, facials, and body scrubs.
Heavenly Hands Massage & Spa’s strong-thumbed therapists dissipate their clients' tension with the same massage techniques they have used to unwind professional athletes from the Utah Grizzlies, Blaze, and Bees. With this veteran experience, the staff focuses on alleviating chronic pain or injury-related discomfort through therapeutic methods that range from the standard modalities of Swedish and deep-tissue massage to the Eastern practices of Thai massage and ashiatsu. Ashiatsu—a centuries-old method born out of discomfort from pillows not being invented—evicts deep-seated tension by having massage therapists steady themselves on a bar anchored to the ceiling and apply pressure with targeted footsteps. To iron out energy kinks, a team of yoga instructors orchestrates classes that stretch and strengthen muscles while centering the mind. Hairstylists and aestheticians round out the bodily bolstering with expert styling and nine varieties of facial.
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.