As a practitioner of the Aveda arts, Kriza Aveda Salon Spa stocks its shelves, cosmetic counters, and salon stations with natural, botanical serums and salves. To pamper clients, the staff peppers each service with luxurious flair—stylists treat guests to a head, neck, shoulder, and hand massage with every haircut, before touching up makeup for ladies. Between appointments, they’ll even trim up bangs to keep cuts stylish or keep head hair from weaving itself into eyelashes. In addition to applying makeup for brides or for special occasions, makeup artists also consult with clients to teach them how to enhance their features and pick the shades that suit their particular skin tone during lessons. Plant-based facials leave skin radiant, diminish wrinkles, or address acne. In every location, the decor mirrors the commitment to naturalism with a light, airy feel, characterized by mostly white walls and plenty of mirrors and glass.
When its icy beauty isn't adding a tony touch to episodes of CSI, Blue Medi Spa spruces up the pages of publications from Allure to the Wall Street Journal. Blue's medical director, Dr. Daniel Yamini, has appeared on Entertainment Tonight and Dr. 90210.
Dr. Yamini's expertise stems from double board certification in plastic and general surgery, and he has performed more than 5,000 procedures during his career. He oversees Blue's nonsurgical services, which range from laser and body-contouring treatments to injectables and clinical facials that work better than taping prescription pads over the face.
As Dr. Yamini and his aestheticians tend to bodies, the spa's aquamarine light filters through translucent panels and reflects off of tiling. Stretched fabric and hanging shapes evoke the mobiles of Alexander Calder as space dividers create the feel of an art gallery on Pluto.
Elemance Holistic Healing's licensed therapist skillfully ousts aches by performing five different types of massage treatments. During the hot-stone massage, the relaxation specialist places heated stones along bodies while administering Swedish-style strokes to melt muscle tension like butter astronauts on an ill-fated mission to Mercury. The multifaceted therapeutic massage tackles soreness with a blend of deep-tissue, myofascial release, neuromuscular, and acupressure techniques, and the classic Swedish massage goes hand-to-hand with tension using long, gliding strokes. Weary passersby in need of holistic healing can stimulate the healthy flow of energy with a vigorous Tui Na massage. Beneficiaries of the Thai massage don workout attire to hide social-security number tattoos and perform yoga stretches as a therapist administers palm and thumb pressure to alleviate pain.
At Tranquil Touch Therapy, a full menu of massage services awaits to pulverize pockets of anxiety and tension. Subdued music floats through warm, comfy treatment rooms while a Swedish, deep-tissue, or acupressure techniques waltz across relaxed backs during personalized massage sessions, gently stimulating the flow of blood through cardio canals and liberating muscles of toxins and outdated sweatbands. Extended hours Monday–Friday help stressed bodies find relief whenever its convenient for them, and mobile massage services are also available, giving clients the opportunity to unwind in the comfort of their own home.
Muscular System: The Meat of the Matter
The joys of a massage or the relief of a chiropractic adjustment?and the stresses of physical work?play out partly in the muscles. Learn just what pumps the body up with Groupon?s guide to the muscular system.
The human body has more than 630 muscles keeping it upright and mobile. They make up almost half its weight and power the movements of the bones, the blood, and even the food in the stomach. Perhaps the most familiar muscles are those seen in bodybuilding contests and facial-expression contests: the skeletal, or voluntary, muscles. They?re attached to our bones and controlled by our brains, which zap them with electrical signals to cause their fibers to contract. During a muscle contraction, filaments inside the muscle fibers slide together, stacking up on one another so that the larger fiber shortens. In shortening, the fibers gain thickness?a phenomenon we notice as flexing. Whatever muscles do, they accomplish by this single pulling action. If a bicep (part of a category of muscles known as flexors) flexes to lift a barbell, it needs a tricep (an extensor), pulling in the opposite direction, to bring the arm back down.
The other two types of muscles are smooth muscles and cardiac muscles, and both are beyond our conscious control. Cardiac muscles control the beating of the heart, contracting the chambers to push blood throughout the body. But the blood doesn?t ride to the toes on that momentum alone. Lining the blood vessels are smooth muscles that help push it along. These also line the esophagus, stomach, and intestine to move food through the digestive track, and can even help regulate the body?s temperature by opening and closing capillaries near the skin surface, all without conscious effort. The subconscious brain is also happy to turn muscles to ends beyond their apparent purpose: for instance, what we experience as shivering from cold is simply the brain causing the muscles to spasm so they will generate heat and keep your blood and any baby chicks in your coat pockets warm.
The staff at Forever Young Skin Care take a holistic approach to looking and feeling good?that means no invasive treatments. Their treatments include homeopathic consultations, which incorporate herbal medicines and lifestyle plans, and ayurvedic facials, which are performed with a kansa wand made from copper and tin?known to be ancient healing metals. More technologically advanced tools are used in the studio's skincare services, such as the anti-gravity facelift, a noninvasive microcurrent treatment that helps tighten sagging skin by slightly tweaking Earth's field of gravity. Forever Young also opts for natural skincare products such as Osmosis Medical Skincare.