The technicians at Above and Beyond Us help clients tailor their birthday suits using noninvasive radio frequency and infrared technologies. Fluctuations in weight, the natural aging process, and relentless bullying from gravity can cause skin to lose its elasticity. To counteract these influences, laser technicians and anti-aging specialists recommend radio-frequency treatments, which restore smoothness and bounce to areas that have begun to droop. They also point clients to infrared sauna and vibration-platform sessions that temporarily boost metabolism and lymphatic drainage.
The SudaTonic body-wrap system makes use of signature skin-creams and an infrared blanket to help purge toxins through the lymphatic system and relax tense muscles. Other possible benefits of this soothing treatment include boosting the immune system by elevating the body's internal thermostat and burning calories as the body works to cool itself. Sweating also helps renew the skin by flushing away impurities, dead cells, and decade-old temporary tattoos.
Hibiscus Day Spa?s body-treatment menu looks good enough to eat: the pumpkin body souffl? softens skin with enzymes, and the Ultimate Chocolate Indulgence tantalizes the senses with a cocoa scrub and chocolate-butter massage. Though not as epicurean, Hibiscus?s other spa treatments are similarly luxuriant. The dual massage recruits two therapists to work on a client?s muscular tension, and a Caribbean Queen facial slathers skin with an aromatic blend of peptides and hydrators. Specialty treatments for expectant mothers and brides-to-be fill out the selection, as well as teen services; mini facials help instill healthy skincare habits and massages tackle high-school sports injuries and tension from hanging on a flagpole by your underwear.
For maintenance less aesthetic and more energetic, Hibiscus also boasts an onsite health and wellness center. Here, clients can look to traditional Chinese healing therapies such as sliding-scale acupuncture and reiki energy balancing. Custom nutritional counseling helps participants embrace long-term healthful eating habits.
The team at Ageless Ascension Day Spa rejuvenates sore bodies, tones dulled skin, and relaxes minds with a range of holistic spa services. Massages target tense muscles through gentle Swedish effleurage strokes, deep-tissue techniques, hot stones, or a combination of the three?often incorporating aromatherapy oils to further relaxation by recalling fond childhood memories of eating whole flower beds. Aestheticians revitalize complexions with everything from standard European facials to acid-based peels, or envelop clients in Formostar infrared body wraps, which melt away cellulite with detoxifying heat augmented by crickets chirping New Age music.
The staff members of Organelle Spa & Salon believe the answers to all beauty quandaries can be found in one place: nature. They work almost exclusively with organic and all-natural products, even using botanically based solutions during traditionally chemical processes such as hair coloring. Besides keeping unnatural materials out of the body, Organelle's aestheticians also want to remove the toxins that are already there. The spa's detoxifying treatments boost weight loss and dissipate cellulite, and its herbal tonics, teas, and systemic cleansers flush whatever synthetic residue the body accumulated by sleep-eating an alarm clock.
Cooking in Peru was a challenge for Nobuyuki Matsuhisa (nickname Nobu). Chef Matsuhisa was originally born in Saitama, Japan and apprenticed at a Tokyo sushi bar. However, his desire to see the world eventually led him to open a restaurant in Peru, where he was faced with the task of using unfamiliar regional ingredients to prepare traditional Japanese cuisine. Instead of clinging to his formal training, he adapted and began incorporating Peruvian flavors into his seafood dishes. This distinctive combination became his signature style as he continued to travel the world and helm kitchens in Argentina, Alaska, and, finally, Los Angeles.
In Beverly Hills, Matsuhisa's cooking lured an ever-growing number of regulars that included Academy Award-winner Robert De Niro?who approached him with the idea of opening a restaurant together. Restaurateur Drew Nieporent signed on, and together they opened the original Nobu in New York in 1994. (Ruth Reichl of the New York Times visited and found "raw fish of astonishing quality" and flavor combinations that were "sometimes comforting, sometimes shocking, never dull.") Since then, the Nobu restaurant group has expanded to more than 30 restaurants, which occupy almost as many cities on five continents.
Preparations of nigiri, sashimi, and maki prioritize the fresh, clean flavor of the seafood, while ceviche and reimagined tacos filled with lobster and king crab hew more closely to the restaurant's Peruvian roots. Top-grade Wagyu beef arrives from Japan in a first-class airplane cabin, ready to be prepared four different ways. The nature-inspired decor, too, demonstrates a Japanese sense of refinement, with a wall of hand-laid river stones, bamboo stalk partitions, and columns resembling maple trees.