At first glance, the 4,000 square foot main room at Wolke Chiropractic & Rehabilitation may look a lot like a state-of-the art gym, complete with a bike, treadmill, and colorful stability balls. But the machines here are much more advanced than everyday exercise equipment—they're the essential tools Dr. Anthony Wolke and his staff need to treat chiropractic concerns and injuries. Here, spinal decompression tables share space with a power plate that uses vibration to help tone muscles and shake out any rocks that patients may be storing in-between their vertebrae. Meanwhile, in private treatment rooms, the staff treats imbalances with acupuncture treatments and doles out massage therapy for those with more superficial aches and pains.
On the top floor of a quaint two-story house, Antonio Michael Salon's staff of hairstylists, nail techs, and aestheticians work to engender tranquility through a vast offering of spa and salon services. Inside private rooms, aestheticians and massage therapists tend to façades and physiques with deep-tissue massage, seaweed wraps, and a dozen types of facials. Hairdressers snip and style tresses and smooth away frizz or curl with four types of hair-texturing treatments.
Offering services that range from haircare to ear candling and peppermint pedicures, the staff at Gianni Hair and Skin Care Salon/Day Spa beautifies clients from head to toe. Spa packages allow clients to enjoy a full day of pampering, whereas sea-salt body polishes and parafango body wraps leave skin as soft as a teddy bear filled with peanut butter.
The meteoric growth of Massage Envy has led to more than 800 spa locations and a healthy share of limelight from printed media buzz to promotions on The Ellen DeGeneres Show and The Doctors. Its experts have kneaded more than 50 million backs using modalities that range from the gliding strokes of Swedish massage to the targeted pressure of deep-tissue massage. Although the spa treats a wealth of clients, each Massage Envy session is personalized to individual needs. While indulging in prenatal, hot-stone, or trigger-point-therapy massages, clients can also request the soothing mint and rosemary essential oils of aromatherapy or the addition of warming and cooling products that help decrease inflammation and ease pain.
In addition to staffing massage therapists, the spas employ skincare experts who wield Murad products for four kinds of facials. Clients can treat sensitive skin to mild exfoliation or opt for anti-aging facials with glycolic acid before attempting to order off the kids’ menu at a diner.
While waiting guests sip coffee and nibble desserts, Amici Salon and Spa’s stylists revamp looks with treatments ranging from hairstyling and nailcare to facials, waxing, and tanning. Their hairstylists brandish products by Moroccanoil, L'Oréal, and CHI with such panache that Amici even offers an an intern training program for up-and-coming talent. Under the supervision of a master stylist, technician, or the watchful owls who hide out in updos, interns hone their pampering skills on willing clients, who receive a discounted rate for being such sports. The salon also celebrates clients on Thursday evenings, when complimentary wine and cheese turn the beautifying happy hour into a party all its own.
Darin Michael believes health regimens must be personalized in order to be effective. On his website, Darin explains that ready-made workouts are often designed for professional body builders and models, not the average joe. Darin and his team solve that problem by designing one-on-one training programs, complete with nutritional guidance. You can exercise at the private fitness facility where the studio's schedules are carefully created to ensure that the facility is never too crowded, giving visitors plenty of room to stretch out or play Twister. Or you can even have a personal trainer come to your home, where they recreate the experience of going to the gym.