Before hitting the beach, clients flock to Endless Summer Tanning Centers to bestow golden hues onto their limbs or help their efforts to shed a few pounds. The boutiques' high-end tanning equipment lends comely color to skin, distributing rays throughout the whole body or solely on the legs to match gams with tan faces for more convincing sawing-a-body-in-half magic tricks. Customers can diminish cellulite with Beauty Angel red-light therapy, which boosts collagen and the regeneration of skin cells. Staffers also aid in readying bodies for the beach with Formostar body wraps, which use infrared heat to stimulate metabolism. A single 60-minute session can blast up to 1,400 calories via the wrap's nonallergenic, silicone material.
The experts at Healing Laser Centers can ease pain without a single touch. That's because they harness the healing power of the cold laser, a device that sends low levels of energy deep into strained and injured muscles to jump-start the healing process. In each 5- to 20-minute treatment, staffers suffuse the body with this powerful light energy to relieve pain caused by work stresses, athletic endeavors, or attempts to give itself a back massage. Many patients feel nothing during the treatment and often feel progressively better for days afterward. To enhance the technology's muscle-mending capabilities, the center also keeps massage therapists on staff for hands-on tension relief.
Like its name, Chiropuncture, Inc. is a hybrid. Only the two distinct things the center combines aren't acupuncture and chiropractic—those practices often go hand-in-hand—but rather a holistic medical clinic and a traditional spa. The former is the domain of Doctor of Chiropractic Danny Lai, who has been running a chiropractic clinic since 1997, and has been a licensed acupuncturist since 2005. Dr. Lai sees each chiropractic patient personally, adapting his treatment regimen to the patient's specific maladies, be they arthritis and migraines or ADHD, anxiety, and insomnia. He speaks English, Vietnamese, and Spanish, so communicating with him is easier than talking to a fern that only knows Swahili.
The second side of the center, the spa, has some reassuring credentials of its own. It uses the popular Dermalogica line of products in its skincare services, which include a Power Regeneration treatment for mature skin and a revitalizing eye rescue that erases the dark circles that appear under eyes when you haven't had enough rest or have fallen for the old "inky kaleidoscope" trick again. The rest of the menu is a grab bag of waxing services, massages, and synthetic-lash and makeup applications.
Chiropractor Dave Lemons and his staff at Chiropractic Wellness Center believe there's more to health care than squashing symptoms as they appear. They believe these symptoms should be traced back to their roots and dealt with there, so they don't transform into recurring ailments. Their chiropractic treatments take a natural and systemic approach to healing that's based on the idea that the body can heal itself when given the chance. Gentle adjustments take the place of drugs and medicine by putting the body in a position where it can effectively heal everything from joint pain to headaches.
Light streams through floor-to-ceiling windows inside the aptly-named Silhouettes By The Beach, a beauty emporium located steps away from the sparkling waves of Ventura Harbor. During hair appointments, clients lounge in squared-off, custom-made purple chairs lined up in front of head-to-toe mirrors. These reflect stylists as they snip split ends, attach extensions, or coat strands in protein treatments—good for locks that lift a lot of weights.
Elsewhere in the soothing confines, the salon’s manicure stations boast OPI nail lacquer that blankets fingernails and toenails with bright pops of color. Aestheticians perform custom facial treatments capped off with soothing massages of the neck, arms, hands, and face, and massage therapists use Swedish techniques to banish tension throughout the body.