Although licensed massage therapist Merla Joseph tailors each session based on an initial consultation, she continues refining her approach throughout the entire appointment, adjusting pressure and technique based on how each client's body responds. This approach applies to every modality that Merla uses, including Swedish, deep-tissue, hot-stone, and reflexology massage. She can also enhance sessions with foot treatments, aromatherapy, or by showering clients in $100 bills. Beyond massage, Merla's experience extends to facials, as well as detoxification therapy comprising a steam treatment and an ionic footbath.
The skillful staff at Advanced Acupuncture combines Chinese tui na massage techniques with traditional acupuncture practice to alleviate maladies such as physical pain, depression, and stress. After a 15-minute consultation answers clients' questions about the treatment, licensed acupuncturist Chung Jen Tsai pokes tiny, sterile needles into the skin at precise points along the body's energy pathways, called meridians, during a half-hour acupuncture session. A mildly stimulating electric current enhances the treatment and recharges the body's battery-powered life-support systems. Finally, a 10-minute traditional Chinese massage de-kinks remaining muscle knots.
Founded by certified colon hydrotherapist Adina Zeev and licensed acupuncturist Jata Abdur-Rahim, Blessed Love Health Care endeavors to bring the mind, body, and spirit into balance through holistic treatments and educational workshops. Therapies—including acupuncture, ear candling, and shiatsu massage—rely heavily on Eastern practices to detoxify and restore wellness. Raw-food classes and certification courses help participants up their intake of whole, natural foodstuffs while reducing their dependence on processed meals and plastic fruits dipped in Cool Whip. In addition to authoring several books on wellness, Adina personally creates each of Blessed Love’s workshops, whose topics range from gardening to fertility.
The expert laser technicians at Pines Total Health Center evict unwelcome body fur with the help of noninvasive laser light pulses. Hair-removal treatments begin with an assessment, during which a depilation specialist determines which level of laser light to use based on the client's chosen target areas, the skin's condition, and its taste in pop music. Fuzz fighters looking to deforest small areas, such as upper lips (a $675 value), chins (a $799 value), or underarms (a $900 value), relax as concentrated light beams ease across target areas, safely penetrating skin to target strands at the root.
Thin needles slip gently into the skin at specific points on the body, promoting balance and a healthy flow of energy. At the other end of these needles is the sure hand of Sonia Li, who uses the ancient practice of acupuncture to alleviate anxiety, hypertension, and chronic pain. Her holistic treatments have also been known to promote collagen growth, which combats wrinkles and fine lines. Sonia's medical knowledge also comes in handy during metabolic assessments, in which she advises clients to cut back on drinking soda and unrefined oil.
Relaxation commences within seconds of stepping through the doors of New Image New Life Spa. Padded wicker chairs and colorful throw pillows invite guests to unwind as they await facials, bodywork sessions, or waxing among a full menu of services. Inside private treatment rooms, flowers and earth-tone walls summon nature's power to calm and comfort. Among the spa’s specialties, a lineup of soothing massages includes hot-stone therapy, whose gentle pressure and penetrating warmth assuages aches and helps detoxify muscles, and shiatsu, a Japanese technique designed to liberate trapped energy through gentle manipulation of acupressure points.
The spa's owner, Ruth Cula, also specializes in permanent-makeup application and European techniques for brightening skin, which she has honed over more than 28 years working one-on-one with clients. One standout is her oxygen therapy, which stimulates cellular renewal and helps make a complexion glow like a hunk of magma at its first dance. During microdermabrasion treatments, Ruth uses a diamond-point instrument to exfoliate dead skin cells, resulting in the minimization of fine lines. Ruth also continues to add to her suite of modern treatments by continuing to earn certificates and training in emerging skin therapies.
Leo Quintero knows firsthand the thrill of playing music onstage. As a professional guitarist, composer, recording artist, and producer, he has shredded his six-string in front of dancing crowds from Venezuela to Florida. At Leo Quintero Music, he guides his charges from the classroom to the stage, helping them begin their musical journeys or fine-tune their licks in guitar-focused classes. Students 6 years and older can study scales and chord progressions alongside other beginners during group classes. Private lessons pair Leo with just one student, eliminating the temptation to pass notes to their friends asking what fork they used for lunch. Leo also takes pride in helping his pupils prepare for college auditions.