Elizabeth Perez and the team at Integrated Holistic Wellness work to balance the body not through drugs, surgeries, or balsa-wood shims, but rather with mind and body therapies such as massage, reflexology, and yoga. Reiki sessions draw upon the positive energy of the universe, whereas meditation hones in on the potential of one's own thoughts and energies. The practitioners here also turn to forces such as sound, vibration, and color to promote self-healing and relaxation.
A wildly successful alternative to traditional day spas?its more than 300 locations blanket 36 states and half a dozen countries?Planet Beach Contempo Spa 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.
Light Touch Laser Clinic's experienced, licensed, and certified laser technicians wield FDA- and CSA-approved equipment to improve the natural aesthetics of their patients. Specializing in both
advanced skin care and Medical Grade skin care products, Light Touch Laser Clinic offers free consultations performed by an experienced team of professionals. Infrared lights beam over sagging skin, tightening areas by penetrating the deep tissue and stimulating collagen growth. Fine lines and wrinkles are diminished under the micropulses of lasers and radio waves, and intense pulsed light and lasers tackle superficial and deeper leg veins. No matter the treatment, clients can take advantage of free consultations to learn more about their procedure and get close enough to the laser technicians to call them Punkin'.
Whispering Willows co-founder Tracy Bester practices and teaches internal energy medicine as a certified holistic therapist and supply vendor at her tranquil Waterloo location. Spirit-placating services at Whispering Willows include an hour-long reflexology treatment ($50) designed to beat tension demons and negative stressors into submission through pressure applied to reflex points in the hands and feet. Reiki, an energy technique that aims to remove physical and emotional blockages from corporeal forms, helps relieve chronic pain, depression, and crippling bouts of swimmer's ear ($65 for a one-hour treatment). Hypnosis ($120 for 90 minutes) and past-life regression therapy are also available, taking guests down a memory lane paved with images of embarrassing talent show dance routines. Rounding out Tracy’s menu of spiritual desserts is the peanut butter-chocolate triple-blast fudge milkshake equivalent: the 30-minute IonSpa Foot Cleanse ($39.99), which uses the healing power of ionized water and magnetic energy to draw negative hype away from paparazzi-stricken toes.
At Elysis, registered massage therapists work to liberate weary bodies from the tyranny of muscle tension. During a 30-minute Swedish massage, a skilled therapist's healing hands not only serve as perfect turkey stencils but also help to ease chronic pain and improve the body's circulation. After a soothing massage, guests can usher their feet into a 30-minute ion cleanse foot spa. Warm salt water saturates weary phalanges, designed to cleanse bodies of clingy toxins and balance off-kilter pH levels. After a detoxifying footbath, patrons may experience a brightening of their complexion, more restful slumber, and an increased likelihood of sprouting wings.
Most Popular Service: Registered Massage Therapy
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: Please arrive 10 minutes early to complete required paperwork.
Steven Foley began his journey to becoming a massage therapist as a martial artist. As he practiced karate and tai chi, he developed a keen sense of body awareness. This body awareness led him to seek out ways in which he could gently balance tensions and pains within himself. Massage turned out to be the answer, and he eventually realized that he wanted to share its benefits with others. So, he founded Foley's Massage Therapy. Here,
he relieves his clients' soreness and pain from injuries with trigger-point therapy, and battles tension by using his martial arts skills against the monkeys that cling to clients' backs.