At Peaceful Spirit, owner and licensed massage therapist Mara Concordia and her staff help patients attain improved wellness through therapies that balance their physical and mental energies. To do so, they consult with each client and create tailored, integrative care plans that may draw upon treatments such as acupuncture, chiropractic care, and spa therapies. Through such customized care, Peaceful Spirit's practitioners have helped patients overcome everyday ailments as well as manage diseases such as Parkinson's and cancer.
They also focus on teaching clients how to heal themselves through classes in Qi Gong, an ancient Chinese healing philosophy that combines simple movements and attentive breathing in order to cleanse the body and cultivate life force—known as qi or chi. In addition to Peaceful Spirit's five locations, therapists can meet patients in their homes or tree houses.
A wildly successful alternative to traditional day spas—its more than 300 locations blanket 36 states and half a dozen countries—Planet Beach 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 that 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.
When a migraine threatened Kristina Olivarez's South American travels, a traditional medicine man in Belize relieved her pain, reaffirming Kristina’s belief in the power of massage. Although she received formal training in Portland and Tucson, Kristina has also practiced massage since childhood, using her intuition to scope out sore spots in her subjects' bodies. Today, Kristina sets out every morning looking to help bodies repair themselves through massage at Vital Touch. Inside the relaxing confines of Felicia's Salon, Kristina's long, slow strokes send the body into a state of relaxation previously unattainable without being hypnotized by a cheshire cat. During deep-tissue massage, her fingers delve deeper to extricate stiffness and soreness as she places hot stones strategically to dissolve lingering tension. Kristina uses only organic oils that avoid allergens, and treats each massage client to an invigorating scalp treatment.
When he was in middle school, Dr. Richard Casabona was the only one in his school with Dr. in front of his name. But at that time, he also had allergies so debilitating that he couldn’t focus in school or play football outside. Noticing that pregame chiropractic care relieved his symptoms and let him tackle with ease, he realized he'd found his calling. Dr. Casabona eventually had the chance to study with some of his field's most knowledgeable professionals—studying he cultivated into his own authority in the field.
He brings that expertise to the practice he's been running since 1989, when the Internet was just a twinkle in the fax machine’s eye. Today, his treatments include chiropractic specialties such as the Gonstead and Pettibon techniques. Dr. Casabona's favorite achievement, however, is educating his patients so they can rely on their own intuition and wellness wisdom.
Licensed massage therapist Andrea McCully characterizes her practice, ANR Massage, as a healing center rather than a spa. She delves into the histories of aching backs during preknead consultations, and treats each physique with custom healing techniques. Heated tables cushioned with memory foam seamlessly support bodies and temporarily record their subtle sign language, and a tailored blend of deep-tissue, neuromuscular, and Swedish modalities breeds relief from pain, stress, or sleepless nights. Andrea vigilantly keeps tabs on client comfort as she strokes backs in an effort to stimulate circulatory systems and endorphin factories. Patrons can further pamper bodies with sugar scrubs or detoxifying seaweed wraps.
Under the guidance of medical director and board-certified internist Dr. Jyotsna Sahni, the team at Laser 1 enhances clients' natural beauty with clinical-grade services, including Botox, chemical peels, and laser treatments. The certified medical laser technicians bring about smoother complexions with collagen-boosting Fraxel laser sessions and Isolaz acne procedures. Dysport and Botox injections help reduce fine lines by reducing muscle contractions, whereas various peels and facials make skin glow like a bowling alley on cosmic-bowling night.