Herbal poultices, warm oils, and energy balancing aren’t the tools of a typical spa, but at Santhigram Kerala Ayurvedic Center they’re a primary defense against stress and discomfort. The doctors, one of whom has studied ayurvedic medicine since childhood, take a holistic approach to health and happiness. They use herbs relied on by the ayurvedic method for thousands of years and believe that the natural remedies without side effects can help assuage a vast range of medical and emotional concerns. Traditional treatments include pouring thin streams of warm oil onto foreheads to reduce stress, opening pores with steam baths, and producing giggles with acupressure massage.
The term Ayurveda is a compound of the Sanskrit words for "life" and "science," and its practice draws from an ancient and established tradition of keeping humans in harmony with the world around them. At Kerala Ayurveda, licensed practitioners opt for natural products and noninvasive procedures, instead of surgeries and cybernetic implants. Some of the traditional treatments offered include pouring a thin stream of warm natural oils onto the forehead to reduce stress, opening pores with steam baths, and refreshing the whole body with acupressure massage. They nurture both mind and body with various Ayurvedic therapies, including oil massages, poultices, steam baths, and relaxation techniques.
Every time Linda Dang performs a facial, she tweaks her method slightly to account for the differences in individual skin types. A licensed medical aesthetician with more than 12 years expertise in anti-aging skincare, she offers more than a dozen facial treatments, including microdermabrasion, LED light therapy, dermaculture Iontophoresis, and chemical peels. The variety of treatments ensures that she can offer her clients options for all skin types when they want to combat acne, wrinkles, uneven pigmentation, or overexposure to the sun. She also offers other cosmetic services, including permanent-makeup applications, micropigmentation, eyebrow tinting, and mole removal. Semipermanent eyelash extensions elongate natural lashes to eliminate the need for mascara and eyelash curlers, and can last indefinitely with proper home care and regular touch-ups.
The cosmetologists at Pro Clips Hair & Beauty Salon refresh noodle-rinds by subjecting dermal debris to a one-hour litany of treatments. During the deep-cleaning facial, technicians scrub façades free of dullness and dead skin cells before a gentle round of extractions expunges pores of burnt-out light bulbs. The facial's namesake treatment then swoops in to thoroughly cleanse the complexion and help prevent future breakouts. Next, visages find nourishment under a specially blended mask, and a hand, scalp, and shoulder massage obliterates below-the-surface tension. Those opting for the herbal facial receive all of the deep-cleaning facial's services in addition to herbal elements that work to clear blemishes and add flavor to face-top hibachi grills.
A massage can improve range of motion, reduce tension, and even tackle more complicated ailments such as depression and disco fever. That's where Massage Mind & Body Healing comes in. After a client is led to a private suite, a licensed massage therapist blends techniques such as Swedish strokes and deep-tissue pressure to promote full-body healing and wellness. Hot-stone therapy and reflexology are also available.
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After six years of practicing medical oncology, licensed physician Dr. Mei Zhang transitioned into the world of primary care where she eventually established her own namesake clinic. Here, she indulges in her passion for helping others achieve more youthful skin. To combat wrinkles and fine lines, Dr. Zhang employs an arsenal of advanced skin tightening methods including Thermage, Lumenis Aluma, and Ultherapy to plump crow's feet and laugh lines from the dermal layers. She also outfits her office with the latest in cellulite-banishing treatments including mesotherapy as well as IPL and laser devices that are designed to eliminate tattoos, body hair, and video game villains that have escaped from the TV screen.