Car accidents, invasive surgery, athletic training, a viewing of Wagner's 17-hour Ring Cycle—all of these can cause lower-back pain. Riverside Ergogenics Medical Massage’s licensed therapist Leslie Saxton wrangles with these problematic muscular structures by using intensive clinical-massage techniques. Before she begins exercising her massage prowess, she consults with the client to pinpoint the root of insistent aches. Leslie also advises clients on how to avoid pain in the future, such as the polite way to decline a back-breaking bear hug.
Miriam Bumgarner, the licensed massage therapist and certified reiki practitioner behind Body N Soul Massage, takes the time to talk to each client so that she can tailor treatments to meet their specific needs. Clinical massages with aromatherapy soothe the body and the mind, and reiki massages work to promote physical and emotional peace. Bumgarner also offers Swedish and prenatal massages, and pampers clients with add-ons such as sugar scrubs, hot towels, and hot stones.
Drawing from her Native American heritage, licensed massage therapist and aesthetician Nelissa Chamberlain integrates alternative holistic treatments and traditional bodywork to nurture her clients in both body and soul. Nelissa's specialty is massage, and she weaves reflexology and hot stone therapies into her sessions to treat sore muscles all over the body and gather research for her PhD dissertation about ticklishness. In the spa's serene treatment rooms, clients can achieve glowing, smooth skin with a wide range of skincare and waxing treatments.
Although they’re greeted by the sound of snipping scissors and the sight of a light-yellow room filled with black leather stylists’ chairs, guests of Natural Image Salon and Day Spa can get much more than just a haircut. In addition to stylists who specialize in creative hair color and keep abreast of the latest trends—such as the feather hair extensions that secret agents use to blend in while spying from trees—Natural Image staffs aestheticians who perform a full range of spa treatments.
These experts dab skin with products made with natural ingredients, relying on botanical plant peels and Swedish body wraps that blend herbs, minerals, and sea clay. As well as pampering skin with Aveda facials and sea-salt-glow exfoliations, the aestheticians render it hairless during waxing sessions. Nail technicians add the final touch to appearances with gel manicures or layers of OPI polish.
Using CosMedix peels, five types of facials, and expertly applied MAC makeup, the aestheticians at Changes Day Spa revitalizes faces. They also draw from a menu of waxing services to further enhance the body's aerodynamic properties, particularly important for launching into space. The team's massage therapists specially design prenatal massages to relieve lower back pain for mothers-to-be, and use hot-stone or deep-tissue treatments to ease chronic pain.
With more than 15 years of muscle-kneading experience, massage therapist Caryn specializes in medical massage services and pain management, and is trained in a wide variety of massage modalities. She helps clients relax with wellness massages, using a combination of Swedish and other massage techniques. Therapeutic massage makes use of a variety of modalities and offers clients relaxation and overall wellness using techniques Caryn honed while working in a hospital-based massage program for pain management.
At Omega Laser and Skin Care, a staff of deft depilators harnesses the hair-hampering powers of cosmic light to annihilate rogue follicles on each client's overgrown area of choice. Laser light is a quick and effective method for removing unwanted hair. A long-pulse, high-energy laser emits a gentle beam of light that harmlessly passes through the skin and directly targets follicles, effectively banishing unwanted bristle and leaving less opportunity for saving food crumbs on your person. Unlike the lasers utilized by popular film hero and 2010 California gubernatorial hopeful Iron Man, these friendly beams are easy, comfortable, and treat hair follicles faster than other methods such as shaving, waxing, or electrolysis.