The world's first day-spa owner invited clients to "experience the healing powers of this here tar pit," which was bad news for his clientele but invaluable for modern-day archaeologists. Preserve well-being without becoming permanently preserved with today's Groupon: for $45, you get a seaweed body wrap and 30 minutes in the infrared sauna at Alpha Beauty Clinic on Southside Boulevard (a $125 value). Alpha Beauty Clinic’s highly trained staff of therapists provides relaxation, wellness, and pulchritude to its clients via an array of treatment options. Spend a full hour cocooned in seaweed clay and hot towels to help firm up your carcass, then complement the body coddling with 30 minutes of relaxation in the spa’s infrared sauna. Unlike typical saunas, which are heated by groups of cranky grandfathers repeatedly sighing out hot air, infrared saunas use electric heaters to emit radiant heat, which is absorbed directly into clients’ bodies and held forever in their hearts.
Although the seaweed-wrap services have yet to be reviewed, CityVoters named Alpha Beauty Clinic the second-best facial provider in 2008.