For Dr. Philip Kogler, chronic back pain has been transformative. Not only did it transform his spine—his malady became so severe that doctors had to fuse two of his vertebrae—it also transformed his career. Originally a dentist, he became a chiropractor to help others effectively manage their back pain.
Nowadays, Dr. Kogler’s Gonstead-style adjustments alleviate ailments such as back pain and headaches. To complement his chiropractic treatments, he prescribes corrective exercises that his clients can perform at home, as well as nutrition and lifestyle advice, such as never to drink and eat in the same millisecond. His associate, massage therapist David Studer, kneads clients’ backs in order to improve circulation and minimizing swelling.
At Salon Milano and Spa, plant-based Aveda products lend customized aromatherapy and natural nutrients to salon and spa services. The products' holistic focus matches the manner in which the staff conducts spa services: in addition to explaining the purpose of each step in the facial or massage, therapists also guide clients through stress-relieving visualization exercises to calm the mind. All treatments are customized, from the aromatherapy of a massage to the angle of the cut performed by senior or new-talent stylists in the salon. Tuscan Sanctuary is open late on weekdays to accommodate busy schedules and UV rays that, like Napoleon and his chef after saying they preferred English bread to baguettes, are exiled.
Wine, a common ingredient in most women’s days out, is the centerpiece of Miss Saigon Nail Bar’s treatments. Rows of reds, whites, and bubblies are prominently displayed on shelves facing the salon’s manicure stations, creating a wine-bar salon aesthetic that encourages guests to spend the day luxuriating in glasses of their favorite vintage while technicians groom nails. The staff builds upon the wine’s relaxing influence during treatments by incorporating indulgent add-ons such as paraffin dips and chip-free Shellac polish. Through an archway in the spa, guests make themselves comfortable on salmon-colored pedicure benches, soaking feet in bronze footbaths filled, like the sneakers of self-conscious skunks, with aromatic petals. As patrons wait for freshly painted nails to dry, they can sip wine while drinking in the open, laid-back atmosphere by lounging beside the fireplace or idly watching the flurry of activity in the fish tank.
New Beauty Med Spa refurbishes mortal frames with a suite of beautifying treatments performed in a relaxing, professional setting. Reduce excess hair in time for swimsuit season with the laser hair removal, letting expert technicians zap offending follicles with Palomar and ELOS lasers, disabling hair-growing glands and leaving skin smooth for unselfconscious poolside lounging and effortless infiltration of naked mole rate warrens. Most patients experience some redness and swelling after hair removal, though side effects usually vanish within several days. On average, three to six treatments are enough to effectively diminish unwanted down from any area, banishing offending fur to hair underworlds of eternal cowlicking and staticy cling.