Most people attending a college reunion don't expect a massage. Then again, most people going in for a massage don't expect a college reunion. But at Whole Self Massage Therapy, where six of the seven therapists honed their chops at Healing Arts Institute in Ohio, the specialists share much more than an alma mater. Their similar training has instilled in them a seasoned skill set and passion for wellness, which is evidenced in their attentive Swedish, hot-stone, and deep-tissue massages. The path to wellness also leads through the facility's sauna, where clients can shed toxins and summon their spirit-Zamboni, and diverges at many turns into rooms where hands and feet relish in paraffin treatments and acupuncturists align energies via the centuries-old Chinese healing practice.
Artisan Cosmetic Surgery's experienced staff imparts skin with the solar glow of summer using safe Body Bronze products developed by a dermatologist and skin-cancer survivor. Tan-seekers spend 15–20 minutes swathed in a tanning agent formulated with a special olive-oil color base, which forgoes artificial orange hues for a natural brown tone. Pale complexions beget beach colors without being subjected to the dangers of UV rays or lobster pincers, and tans appear within 24 hours and last 6–10 days. Exfoliation is recommended prior to tanning, and deodorant, perfume, and lotion should be avoided; the center recommends calling ahead to discuss ways to prep the skin for tanning, and how to avoid awkward eye contact with the sun on the way home
Dr. Balkany, a board-certified vascular surgeon specializing in the treatment of varicose veins, helms an experienced team in the vanquishing of unhealthy veins during minimally invasive, in-office sclerotherapy treatments. Skilled hands guide a small-gauge needle that injects a sclerosing agent into small varicose and spider veins. During each 15- to 20-minute session, the specialized solution aims to seal off veins, forcing them to dissolve back into the body. Patients experience minimal discomfort during the procedure and can typically return to normal daily activities immediately afterward.
Wildwood Athletic Club's workoutorium offers a premium fitness experience, overseen by a professional staff with a Spandex'd passion for wellness. With a two-month membership ($75 per month), clients will enjoy unlimited access to the more than 80 group exercise classes held weekly, including yoga, Pilates, spinning, and the dolphin-shaming aqua-robics. Check the class schedule for times and dates on available synchronized sweat sessions. In addition to hosting a tundra of treadmills and a desert oasis of dumbbells, Wildwood Athletic Club also fosters social interaction among its members, with a calendar of events sprinkled with wine tastings, dance parties, and pet-friendly get-togethers.
Warm, scented towels and heated basalt stones untie knotted muscles at Professional Massage Therapy Werks. Even though the team of massage therapists uses these tools to relax and pamper clients, they understand that massages aren’t just extraneous luxuries—they're legitimate therapeutic techniques. They prove this philosophy with such medically oriented modalities as lymphatic drainage and oncology massage.
They use their fingers, their palms, occasionally they may even throw in an elbow—the licensed massage therapists at Spring Meadows Clinical Massage happily toss their limbs in the ring for the sake of untying musculature knots and shooing away a day’s worth of stress. Yet massage may do much more than help clients ignore the stress of keeping all their stress balls in a row. According to a 2010 study, it can also heighten the body’s immune system, repress aggressive behavior, and, of course, reduce the stress hormone, cortisol. Stressed, sore, and sick clients can enjoy all of those benefits at Spring Meadows, where therapists will mend aches with fluid Swedish strokes, or deal purely with superficial angst with relaxation massages.