Time may be short before Doug Stevens' next client, but he can always find a moment to talk shop. "I love helping people," he declares. "Helping people look better, feel better. That's the most satisfying thing." Doug has been a nationally certified massage therapist and aesthetician for 15 years, specializing in a process he devised to reduce the appearance of cellulite while relaxing the whole body. The technique combines an endovibratory device oscillating at 35 times per second with ultrasonic heat and his signature bodywork methods. "After the cellulite treatment, the skin is firmer, the appearance smoother," he explains. "People generally really like it, so they'll rebook."
Before receiving certification in Las Vegas in 1997, Doug was in the construction business as a general contractor. But it wasn't giving him what he wanted. "I was looking for a profession that was less stressful, where I could help people. I wanted to be more hands on. And my friends always came to me for massages, so I decided to go into that." Over time, he's added other treatments designed to improve the mood while boosting beauty, such as a photon antiwrinkle light therapy.
Doug describes his studio as very relaxing, with low light and smooth music. Though the ambiance has an undeniable pulse-slowing effect, it's the treatments' results that he credits for his return business. "Some of my clients have been coming every week for six years," he says. "Only the wealthy can usually afford treatments like these. That's not the case here. I want people to focus on how good they're going to feel."
Certified massage therapist and healing artist Kerry Leigh traces her specialty in core synchronism back to the system?s developer, Robert Stevens, who first trained her to assist nature with techniques that promote inner-organism harmony. Kerry honed her massage skills as a backstage therapist at rock concerts, as the founder of the Odwalla Juice Company's on-site massage therapy program, and with the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health before starting her own practice at Actualize Your Health.
These days, Leigh and a team of therapists connect minds and bodies with cellular nutrition, aromatherapy with essential oils, and natural flower essences selected for their health-giving vibrational energy. Their background in athletics gives them a firsthand look at what hardworking muscles and spirits need to recover after grueling workouts or fisticuffs with inner demons.
At Cloud Nine Therapeutics, LLC, guests can relax as they receive top-notch cosmetic treatments in an environment that maximizes comfort. Treatment tables with memory foam padding and 600-thread-count linens provide a pillowy perch as clients receive hot-stone massage or a Twinkle Toe salt scrub from Stephanie O'Connell, who's licensed and certified in a number of aesthetic and wellness treatments including massage therapy and microcurrent physiology. Cloud Nine's services also include a body-sculpting therapy that harnesses microcurrents designed to stimulate weight loss and contour bodies. The increased cellular metabolism may last up to 72 hours, helping clients feel energized and refreshed. A series of treatments is recommended for best results, since treatments are cumulative.
Since 2010, the team of trained aestheticians and certified massage therapists at Mia's Day Spa have been rejuvenating the bodies of clients with their menu of soothing treatments. Massage therapists reduce muscle tension and remove errant darts from backs during Swedish, deep-tissue, and hot-stone massages, while dehydrated digits rest inside warmed, nourishing paraffin baths. A slew of facials treat skin with ingredients such as mint julep, olive oil, avocado and anti-oxidant-rich grapefruit extract. Dead-Sea-salt, brown-sugar, and coffee body scrubs increase circulation, decrease the appearance of cellulite, and enhance possibilities of being licked by a hungry kitten.
Picaflor Day Spa's expert beauticians and licensed massage therapists revitalize human exteriors from head to toe with nourishing herbal and botanical blends and all-encompassing spa treatments. Aestheticians use all natural skincare products when tailoring facials to the individual's visage, and massage therapists apply Swedish, trigger-point, and deep-tissue bodywork during massages to target specific aches. Hard and soft wax works to strip skin of excess body hair and inescapable body glitter, and signature spa packages provide equal parts beauty and relaxation, pairing soothing massages with fortifying facials and nail treatments.
Enlighten Others' team of relaxation experts detoxifies, clears minds, and potentially renders a range of health benefits with a tag team of sensory deprivation, hot yoga, and massage. Within the soundproof confines of a sensory-deprivation tank, 800 pounds of Epsom salts mix with water and cause the body to bob like a seal in a space station. Elsewhere, therapists treat weary muscles with massage styles such as sports and deep tissue to melt away stress and pain.
The studio also hosts yoga sessions that include hot yoga, gentle warm classes, and black-light yoga sessions that ramp up practices with special music and lighting.