Neck pain. Back pain. Numbness. Sciatica. A wealth of bodily aches and pains can be soothed by chiropractic care at The Texan Wellness Center, a clinic helmed by Dr. Michael Dow. Dr. Dow shies away from treating his patients with prescription medications or surgery; instead, he performs adjustments that realign the spine and release tension. He also gives supplementary advice on exercise and nutrition that can boost the effects of his treatments.
A wildly successful alternative to traditional day spas—its more than 300 locations blanket 36 states and half a dozen countries—Planet Beach Contempo Spa is a futuristic relaxation station where state-of-the-art machines administer all the spa and tanning services. These friendly automatons sometimes replace familiar treatments, as in the Luminous facial, a light-based service that delivers blemish-busting results similar to those of a conventional facial. But other equipment maps out new spa territory entirely: the Hydro-Derma Fusion chamber moisturizes the whole body with nutrient-rich steam in order to offset the effects of a dry climate or a rear-end collision with a salt truck. Other machines whiten teeth, spray tan skin, and massage muscles.
Planet Beach operates on a gym-style membership system, meaning members purchase packages or pay flat monthly rates. As members spend more time at the spa, they get to know the helpful assistants who are always on hand to demonstrate how to use the equipment without activating its ability to cry.
Drawing on an education that includes a doctorate from Texas Chiropractic College and a bachelor's degree in public health and human biology, Dr. Brandt L. Spies of Lordex Spine Institute treats bodies entangled by such painful conditions as herniated disks, headaches, and spinal arthritis. The doctor upgrades spinal hardware with chiropractic adjustments, and the center's squadron of licensed massage therapists tinkers on soft tissue with modalities that include Swedish, sports, and deep tissue. The institute also boasts the Lordex Lumbar Spinal Decompression System, a padded table with a knee bolster that supports prostrate patrons. During the 30-minute sessions that make use of this system, a gap in the table slowly widens, stretching spines to alleviate lower back pain and add flexibility to overstarched overalls.
At Fit Spa, massage therapists and aestheticians work in tandem to soothe muscle aches and clarify complexions with a full roster of day-spa services. Hot-towel-enhanced reflexology or a pore-cleansing facial revive clients more effectively than a wake-up-call from a swarm of yellow jackets.
At Rebounderz, parents need not cringe as they watch their kids literally bounce off the walls. Safety is of the utmost importance to the staff, and it starts with the trampolines. Over 24,000 feet of these bounce boosters line the floors and jut outward at an angle on the walls. Their patented design boasts high-quality components that make them much safer than leaping off the garage roof with an umbrella as a parachute. As kids engage in friendly battle on the dodgeball trampoline or practice their approach at the slam dunk station, safety-trained referees keep a watchful eye on them at all times. Kids and grown-ups can take a break from simulating molecular fusion at the arcade, earning tickets to trade in for prizes.
Part of the nationwide LaVida Massage family, LaVida Massage of League City specializes in alleviating pain with nearly 10 expertly administered modalities. The center?s team of seven licensed massage therapists tackle stress with everything from gentle Swedish kneads to the intense techniques of sports massage, ideal for athletes who always try to outdance their mascots. Besides relieving achy muscles, sessions at LaVida help bolster circulation, lessen anxiety, and reduce fatigue. Massages aside, the therapists provide clients with treatments such as gentle aromatherapies and foot scrubs.