Licensed massage therapist Chuck Thissen's playbook of massage techniques is stacked high. There are Swedish and deep-tissue massages—the traditional methods for treating pain and stress—and then there are more exotic forms. Acupressure focuses on the same meridian points as acupuncture but uses pressure instead of needles, and neuromuscular therapy relieves pain by balancing the musculoskeletal and nervous systems the way a circus performer balances his diet between peanuts and popcorn. Thissen is a part of the Cocoa Beach Wellness Center, where specialists offer skin, body, and detox services.
It's fitting that so many of the clients at White Orchid Spa are tourists—the 6,000-square-foot space resides in the AAA four-diamond Vero Beach Hotel—since a visit to the spa is a journey unto itself. After donning robes and sandals, visitors can select one of 12 therapeutic and medical massages, which incorporate seashells, warmed bamboo shoots, and ylang-ylang flower oil. Massages aren't the only service enhanced with natural touches: Aestheticians also use sulfate-free Éminence products and other organic ingredients in body treatments, including scrubs and wraps blended with Dead Sea mud and green-tea extract, 10 types of facial treatments, and mani-pedis that soften the skin with a black-sesame scrub. Guests can take advantage of a salon complete with bridal services and eyelash extensions as well as the facility's med-spa treatments—from dermal fillers that smooth or plump skin to VelaShape treatments that reduce the appearance of cellulite and bumps that might just be clinging koalas.
Led by board-certified chiropractic physician Matthew Schiermyer D.C., the staff at Indian River Chiropractic analyzes each client before personalizing their treatments from an arsenal of chiropractic techniques. These can include everything from massages, impulse instruments, and x-rays, which are handled onsite. Often, Dr. Schiermyer tends to his patients' spinal woes on the same day as their treatments, and sends them off with homework to maintain happy nervous systems for the long term.
Sheer beauty is simple to attain at Energy Spa & Salon, where a diverse case of beauticians and spa specialists doll up clients with an array of services for the hair, skin, and nails. Overgrown manes receive makeovers at the hands of experienced stylists, who use Paul Mitchell products as they cut, condition, and color strands. A master aesthetician armed with Eminence skincare products smoothes out skin with facials, microdermabrasion, and waxing sessions. Visitors can also get a fresh-off-the-beach look by stepping into an automated Mystic HD spray booth or laying down in a traditional UV-tanning bed. Aches and tension fall by the wayside after Swedish and deep-tissue massages.
Elite Health Centers LLC's current owner began as a regular gym member. After group training programs helped him lose nearly 100 pounds, he made moves to acquire the facilities. Today, the 15,000-square-foot premises help members get in shape with more than 100 classes a month and plentiful equipment for cardiovascular conditioning, circuit training, and weight training. Members also receive the benefits of ancillary services such as childcare, tanning, and massage therapy.
Deborah Imani, founder of The Nile Wellness Center, believes that the health of a person's internal ductwork correlates directly to their overall well-being. By keeping the last 5 or 6 feet of the digestive tract uncongested through colon hydrotherapy, she promotes a lifestyle free of toxins, excess weight, and unhealthy stress. The drug-free work done by her and her staff has earned rave reviews from the readers of Creative Loafing Atlanta as well as a spot on Proactive Resources' 2012 Best of Atlanta list.
Not just concerned with drawing impurities out of the body, Deborah also touts the importance of what a patient puts in. As the author the book First Generation Raw, she helps readers move toward an organic uncooked diet packed with more vitamins and fiber than a lumber store made from bricks of frozen spinach.