George Teramoto’s father, a carpenter, would often come home from work with aches and pains. As a kid, George would walk on his father’s back to relieve the tension; as an adult, he explored back rubs and other techniques. What began as a father-son bonding ritual eventually transformed into a career. Now a licensed massage practitioner with more than 13 years of experience, George heads his own studio, Southcenter Massage, which employs both male and female massage therapists.
With a two-pronged focus on healing and relaxation, he kneads physiques with a choice of six styles. He can relax his clients with soothing Swedish strokes or address chronic pains at their root with the more intense pressure of deep-tissue massage. During shiatsu massages, he uses his hands and elbows to balance clients’ energy flow. His foot reflexology sessions, meanwhile, use foot manipulation to resolve diverse problems, from achy backs to ugly shoes.
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.
Venus Salon and Spa's staff addresses nearly any beauty or relaxation need with their full menu of treatments. Stylists in the salon work within the chocolaty yet inedible frames of full-length mirrors to alter strands' length, shape, and color. Down the hall, aestheticians extract grime with the help of Dermalogica products, while airbrush artists harvest bronzy glows with organic spray tanning formulas. At the nail stations, technicians pluck feet freshly exfoliated with a sea-salt scrub from gilded pedicure bowls before brushing on OPI or Shellac polish.
Beauty for Life maintains clients' healthy, glowing exteriors through a variety of skin services that fight aging, acne, and skin dullness. The premium microdermabrasion treatment begins with a skin analysis, then gently sloughs away dead skin using a diamond-tipped wand, extending care to include the neck area and second heads. After removing the superficial layer, a skin professional swaddles skin with products that fight signs of aging. Steam therapy opens pores, and a facial massage works out tension caused by overfilling cheek pockets with mashed potatoes. Deep cleansing and optional extractions help dirt and oil vacate pores, and a cooling mask fills the void with moisture.