A former fast-paced corporate-world professional, yoga instructor Kay Koski now fosters a community where time seems to stop. Students can achieve deeper mind-body connections during yoga classes or unwind under the soothing strokes of licensed massage therapist Valerie Eenhuis. Kay also is a certified hypnotist and helps guests overcome physical and emotional limitations.
The team at Sonoma Medi Spa help clients with anti-aging and rejuvenating therapies including dermal fillers and clear skin with chemical peels. The spa's number of laser treatments are performed by Medical Aesthetician Ciara Hale and overseen by Dr. Peter Spanganberg. The skilled medical team can also smooth sagging eyelids and foreheads with tasteful surgery.
As a registered nurse and licensed aesthetician, Rita Lewis combines her medical-assessment skills with her savvy for modern beauty procedures. At Body Kitchen Med Spa Aesthetic Studio, she helps clients fight excess inches as well as signs of aging with laser treatments, ultrasound energy, and cosmetic injections. Chemical peels strip away sunspots and acne scars, revealing soft, flower-petal-like skin.
Deseret Aesthetic & Lifestyle Institute medical director Dr. Gregory Allen is a skin specialist who has contributed to FDA research and the FDA approval process. He now shares his epidermal expertise with licensed aestheticians and laser technicians as they apply permanent makeup and perform peels and facials. High-tech equipment abounds at the center, from a VeinGogh Ohmic Thermolysis System for eliminating spider veins to a CO2 laser for reducing wrinkles. Aestheticians rely on skincare products from Derma MD and Obagi, which soothe skin so that clients don't have to cut eyeholes in a receiving blanket and wear it as a mask. An elegant vibe radiates from the spa’s cream-and-black motif, which clients first encounter in a waiting room lined with cushy suede chairs.
Along with taming treacherous sand traps, Gold Canyon Golf Resort positions guests to trek through Arizona's untarnished desert terrain flecked with scenic trails for hiking and biking. Water trickles from near-pristine calcite formations of Kartchner Caverns State Park, where trained guides host extensive tours of the subterranean kingdom. Lost Dutchman State Park—named for a storied gold mine—exemplifies the Superstition Wilderness, its landscape peppered with nimble-footed mule deer, javelina, and jackrabbits. Bright rays from the windows bounce off the shiny wood furniture in Kokopelli’s Restaurant, Gold Canyon’s casual yet upscale-style in-house restaurant. Grilled Cajun rib-eye steak rests regally atop the dinner menu, which also serves up sandwiches, seafood, and pastas. Outside Gold Canyon Golf Resort's culinary headquarters, a trip to Tempe—roughly 40 minutes north— reveals dynamic contemporary and ethnic cuisine such as Ethiopian.
Dr. Brice Neff of Arizona's Family Chiropractic devotes himself to finding the source of clients' chronic aches and ailments, which maybe include a few misaligned vertebrae. A devotee of the Thompson Drop table technique, Dr. Neff uses low-force, high-velocity movements to maximize patrons' comfort during each spinal adjustment. Other back-pampering services include VibraCusser therapy, which uses piston-like techniques to relax even the deepest muscles and connective tissues. Massage loosens up muscles in a more traditional fashion, and physical therapy helps alleviate injuries sustained while participating in sports or full-contact fantasy football.