At Matrix Spa & Massage, a relaxing escape doesn't have to end once you leave the massage table. Helmed by Julieta Hernandez, a former reporter who moved to the United States to learn English but soon discovered her calling for massage therapy, she founded Matrix Spa & Massage in 2001, and has since received many accolades, including from the staff of Salt Lake City Weekly for "Best Magic Fingers" as well as from the government of Salt Lake City for sustainable environmental practices. When clients step inside the walls, the spa is immediately set apart from others by its meditation cave. Here, technicolor sconces illuminate plush recliners within the soothing space. Sessions in the meditation cave can be booked with or without any other service, ensuring anyone can stop by to find a quiet space to read or shout "Echo!"
Though the meditation cave sets the spa apart, the massages have won its loyal client base, who range from professional athletes to federal judges. Available massages include classic Swedish and deep-tissue sessions along with more specialized modalities, such as the expertise massage—a mix of 10 different techniques, including acupressure and Thai massage—and the four-hands massage. And, in addition to its signature muscle-soothing services, the spa also offers a private steam room, facials, and body scrubs.
Alpine Spinal Rehab’s Dr. Jerry Clark studied at the University of Florida Medical School in spinal rehabilitation and is a fellow in applied spinal biomechanical engineering. This explains his reliance on the use of ultramodern diagnostic technology, such as spinal x-ray imaging, to target and treat chronic pains. Once he pinpoints the source, he may prescribe traditional chiropractic care, massage therapy, or physical therapy.
In 1911, when he opened Standard Optical, Henry Schubach could not have guessed that his successors would be providing LASIK treatments and contact lenses in 18 clinics. Each office fills with chatter as doctors check prescriptions and work to identify common optical issues, such as glaucoma or weeping when an onion dies. Light skips off ranks of designer frames from Coach, Maui Jim, Guess, Lacoste, and Dior, and transitional lenses darken as newly keen-eyed patrons mosey from the shop. The staff at Standard Optical has also performed more than 15,000 LASIK procedures, and offers a free consultation for those seeking to ditch frames.
At Personal Esthetics by M.E., a master medical aesthetician addresses skin problems with facials, chemical peels, and eye treatments. The aesthetician goes beyond traditional treatments with IPL facials, which use pulses of light to correct pigmentation and age spots. Micro-needling treatments treat a number of imperfections including fine lines, stretch marks, and hair loss. Personal Esthetics also offers beauty treatments, including eyelash extensions that create fuller, longer lashes.
At a young age, Doctor of Chiropractic Spencer Erickson knew he wanted to work in the healthcare field—but he didn't want to be stuck behind a desk writing prescriptions, he wanted to personally connect with his patients. This desire eventually led him to pursue a career in chiropractic medicine. Now at Timpview Chiropractic, his personable demeanor and talents in spinal care help keep patients standing tall and free of pain.
The spinal column houses vital nerves that, when pinched or picked on by bullying vertebrae, can cause discomfort, pain, or physical illness. Dr. Erickson banishes such symptoms with treatments that realign crooked parts, reverse whiplash damage, and keep kiddies' burgeoning backbones healthy and on the right track. Additionally, a licensed massage therapist is on hand to help alleviate aches, pain, and stress with a variety of massage techniques.
A teacher overwhelmed with classroom tasks and student responsibilities; a 20-something recovering from the insecurities of teenage acne—Charlie Ward has served them both. Like many who write in his patient testimonials, this pair praises the master aesthetician's professional skill and personal kindness. "Having healthy habits, including good skincare," Charlie writes on his website, "[has] helped me enjoy [life] even more." Charlie pebbles his path to healthier, more vibrant skin with services that range from the technologically advanced photofacial treatment, which uses intense pulsed light to improve sun-damaged skin, to the holistic scrub-and-rub massages, which dose backs and bodies with salt crystals from the Great Salt Lake before hot towels and lotions cleanse and refresh. He also stays up-to-date on his industry's latest trends and technologies, writing on his blog about some of the latent effects of tattoos and new breakthroughs in heat-resistant makeup that prove ideal for soldiers fighting in war zones or chefs cooking in full-body snowsuits.