Clients don't need an appointment at Granite Diagnostic Laboratories. At 10 locations across the west coast of Florida, lab technicians administer dozens of in-house and reference tests for walk-in visitors. From a single drawing of blood, they can screen for diseases or check levels of cholesterol, growth hormones, and most everything else that powers the body's internal combustion engines. The technicians work thoroughly and efficiently, and hand over results within a few days.
From the soothing cornflower-blue walls to the children’s play area, it’s clear that the team at Estero Family Chiropractic wants you to feel comfortable and welcome. Instead of vials of medicine, scalpels, or shockingly cold stethoscopes, the doctors rely on their hands and patients’ bodies to bring about health and relief from pain. They achieve this feat by first tracking down the source of pain with exams and x-rays, and then correcting issues with noninvasive spinal adjustments.
The deft hands of Debra Florio, the owner of Contour Body Works and a licensed massage therapist in her own right, alternate between firm pressures and gentle strokes as they sweep over backs in relaxing massage sessions. Debra and her team of therapists rely on a mix of Eastern and Western techniques—from the gentle, full-body strokes of Swedish massage to the shiatsu acupressure and sliding bamboo shoots of bamboossage—to drive away tension accumulated while hanging from cliffs or betting whether strangers are left-handed.
Contour Body Works’ relaxing spa services don’t end with massage. The center’s licensed facial specialists cleanse pores of dirt and oil during European facials that include steaming, extractions, and a mask tailored to each client’s skin type. Dead Sea salt exfoliates skin during salt-glow sessions, and alternative treatments such as mud wraps and infrared-sauna sessions penetrate the skin’s superficial layers to expel toxins and reduce the appearance of cellulite. Similarly innovative treatments include magnetic therapy, which draws on the science of polarity to balance the body’s vibrations and realign the needles on wonky internal compasses.
Acqui Spa’s cocktail- and travel-themed services channel the luxury of a tropical vacation inside vibrantly colored treatment rooms. Facials and body wraps cull smells and flavors from classic cocktails; in the ultimate mai tai body wrap, for instance, infusions of coconut lend serums an exotic aroma, and tangy lemongrass mimics the refreshment of a first sip. Vacation-themed services jet the senses away on distant retreats with far-flung ingredients such as Pacific salts, Polynesian florals, and seaweed harvested by trilingual octopi. The highly trained staff regularly looks to Europe for cutting-edge beauty treatments, such as injections of stem cells—harvested from French cows in a cruelty-free process—designed to smooth and firm skin.
The private, tropical-themed treatment rooms treat the eyes to crisp citrus hues or cool ocean blues. In the waiting room, chaises made of minimalist white leather offset the boldness of walls’ lime-green hue and the busyness of their packed poster-modeling schedule.
For more than 25 years, Cynthia Rager has been pioneering new techniques and products in the fields of aesthetics and cosmetic surgery, penning technical manuals and spreading the know-how to up-and-coming cosmetic surgeons and dermatologists across the country. Cynthia has joined forces with biochemists to formulate skincare and makeup lines, including IntegraDerm and Mineràle makeup, whose natural and organic ingredients make them a favorite on the Home Shopping Network and in upscale catalogues.
Cynthia's mission at Rager's IntegraLife Spa is to share all that she has learned with her team while mentoring other women in the medical aesthetics industry. She seeks out cutting-edge treatments for the face and body, including light therapy, cellulite reduction, and seasonal body wraps in a zero-gravity float bed, which leave clients as relaxed as an astronaut.
Integrative Medicine Center's Drs. A. Hanna and Lidia Okonski welcome clients in for a combination of spa services and holistic medicine. Dr. A. Hanna is board certified by NCCAOM in acupuncture and oriental medicine, and Dr. Lidia Okonski, who does not perform acupuncture treatments, is a board-certified psychiatrist. Focused on improving personal well-being and health, they center the center's holistic-medicine approach on acupuncture, homeopathy, and nutritional medicine, such as corrective diets focused on vitamins and not eating grapes realistically painted onto drywall. Their spa services, meanwhile, emphasize the external—the menu includes body wraps, facials, waxing, and aromatherapy.