Danielle Rivera, owner of Tru Massage Therapy, did not set out to become a massage therapist. "I like helping people," she says, and she did so for many years as a CNA in nursing homes. When she began to transition to a medical-assistant program, Rivera discovered her passion for massage. She got her massage license in 2008 and never looked back. Now, Rivera and a team of therapists provide 10 massage modalities and myriad spa services.
In addition to botanical body wraps and waxing services, Rivera's talent for clinical massage has improved her patients' lives and her ability to open industrial-size jars of pickles. "I had a client that could only lift his arm 90 degrees, and after working on him. . . he could go up to 160 degrees." She has also provided relief for migraine sufferers. Clients who "were taking prescription pain meds. . . were able to cut down their prescriptions significantly" or repurpose them altogether into beaded necklaces.
Year Round Brown’s Smart Tan-certified staff are on hand to help tailor a tanning plan to fit your skin type and desired level of dermal doneness. In less than a minute, the Versa sunless spray system deploys a fine mist that delivers a moisturizing, UV-free bronzer to bodies recovering from a messy solar divorce. The ray-friendly can opt to catch some beams in the sleek, fast-acting signature bed. Signature level sessions last about 10–12 minutes, with an average of 5–8 sessions required to reach total tan development. Regardless of which option you choose, the luxurious rooms, softened lighting, and soothing sounds of the lobby waterfall will help melt your troubles and bring them to the surface where they can be cooled into an attractive golden enamel.
Convenient for any and all schedules, 24/7 Fitness Club gives its members an electronic key-card so they can enjoy access to the gym at all times. A huge inventory of equipment—including a cardio "theater" that's set up for ideal views of TVs—the center welcomes its guests to take full advantage of all the facilities. For those who need a little guidance, personal trainers are on hand to help design the perfect workout or a set of conquer-able fitness goals.
Back in 1999, brothers David and Rick Kueber noticed a lag in business at their chain of video-rental shops during the summer months, when no one wanted to be cooped up inside watching movies. The two put their heads together and found a rather unconventional solution to their problem: tanning beds. They installed a new fleet of skin-bronzing machines and sat back as so many clients flocked to their shop that the brothers were forced to open an entire store just to cater to their clients’ tanning demands. This was the birth of Sun Tan City. Today, what started as an experimental side business boasts more than 200 locations across 16 states.
The staff at each location maintains a meticulously clean space, where they show clients to UV beds dubbed fast, faster, fastest, and instant. The beds include features such as facial tanners and self-contained air conditioners. Alternatively, clients can opt for the UV-free, automated VersaSpa system, which swathes physiques in a DHA, plant-based bronzing solution. The liquid reacts naturally with skin’s amino acids, creating an even coat as radiant as the high beams on Helios’s chariot within 46 seconds.
Though it's been around for more than 30 years, Accents 3101 Salon pulls from the latest, high-quality products when beautifying clients. Stylists wield Aveda's plant-based shampoos and styling gels when revamping manes with professional cuts and color. The same brand's skincare products also calm skin during acne-reduction facials, and accentuate natural beauty amid makeup applications. Nail techs, meanwhile, coat digits with traditional polish, acrylics, or long-lasting CND Shellac.
As the mercury starts to dip and the days become shorter, achieving a golden hue becomes increasingly harder. Stay as bronze as baby shoes with one spin in the power UVA-lamp-powered level-four tan. For instant gratification, opt for the UV-free Mystic Tan, which breathes life into former ghosts with a uniform, sun-kissed coating. Or take things slow and steady with 50 minutes in the Santa Barbara and Del Rey beds. Unsure tanners can defer to one of the on-staff tanologists, who will happily help clients select the option best suited to their needs.