Optimum Health Clinic’s holistic healers bolster full-body well-being with detox programs, acupuncture, and massage practices amid a serene spa environment. As guests lounge in a heated, basswood-constructed cocoon, the 60-minute infrared-sauna session works to safely purge physiques of cholesterol and heavy-metal toxins, such as mercury, lead, and cartoon anvils. The hypoallergenic haven cascades infrared light over the body from every angle, flooding cells with detoxifying benefits shown to assist with weight loss, lower blood pressure, and reduce chronic pain. Customers can while away the one-hour relaxation fest by reading an enthralling tome, listening to personal CDs on the sauna’s surround-sound system, or mentally recalling two episodes of Judge Judy in their entirety.
Susan Renaud’s healing abilities stem from a lifetime spent developing a natural insight and intuition in regards to the well-being of others. From athletic pursuits to teaching, she has always found a way to empathize with and assess the source of pain in those around her. Today, through spiritual healing, she aims to enhance the lives of her clients by manipulating the natural flow of energy through their bodies.
Susan’s process employs energy healing at the cellular level, meditative regression, and other techniques to help to soothe physical ailments. More intuitive than an airport scanner, Susan probes inside the body to heal on physical and spiritual levels. Remote healing also helps Susan to unearth bodily complaints from afar or from beneath couch cushions. Once established, healing programs can include a variety of remedies from exercise and dietary changes to meditation and herbs.
Certified massage therapist Hazel Frost took her massage education one step further with advanced training in neuromuscular therapy. She deploys those skills, along with Swedish and deep-tissue techniques, during 60-, 90-, and 120-minute massage sessions. Hazel offers shiatsu, thai, and reflexology massages, in addition to trigger-point and myofascial therapy. Also a certified holistic health coach, she helps her clients accomplish their overall wellness goals such as losing weight or increasing their energy level enough to beat Super Mario Bros. in one sitting.
The staff at The Fifth Avenue Spa showers clients with a repertoire of soothing treatments amid white leather couches and swaying sprays of cut flowers. Décor characterized by shades of sand lets accents of purple leap from sunset photographs, blooming orchids, and images of flying people-eaters gracing the walls. With contented sighs drifting free after massages and body wraps, patrons shutter electronic devices so as not to break the relaxing spell. The intimately lit treatment rooms make eyelids increasingly heavy and delight off-leash shadow puppets during waxing treatments and facials.