Fluctuations in stress levels and health often go often hand in hand, and addressing one without the other can mask but not eliminate problems. Knowing this, the staff of licensed massage therapists and aestheticians at Absolute Wellness Spa works to cultivate a tranquil environment in which relaxing treatments address both bodily and mental health at the same time. Those treatments, which include massages, healing acupuncture, and mud wraps, draw on Western medical practices and Eastern philosophy to better approach wellness issues from a variety of angles. In the studio, quiet music plays to relax patrons, and fountains burble softly like a scuba diver trying to tell a secret.
Located just off Clematis Street in lively West Palm Beach, One XI Salon & Beauty Bar fits right in among the neighborhood’s boutiques, nightclubs, and restaurants. The salon’s high-spirited stylists clips to the rhythms of trendy music, putting down their shears every so often to offer their guests complimentary glasses of beer and wine. Owner Cathi oversees the team of stylists she handpicked for their friendly demeanor and wealth of haircare and styling certifications. Before leaving, guests can take home specialty products from L'Oreal Professional and Moroccanoil to help maintain salon-like hair and silky mutton chops at home.
Within the tranquil, spa-like atmosphere of Fleur de Paris Skin Care Institute, aesthetician and native Frenchwoman Sylvie Sevrain is working with serious science. The skincare expert has a PhD in skin biology and cosmetology and has done research on the effects of hormones on skin-aging prevention. Sevrain has worked for major cosmetic firms. She's also a member of the Dermatology Skin Care Specialists and the Society of Cosmetic Chemists. But upon listening to her French accent in an atmosphere that, according to Palm Beach – Live Work Play, is "painted a soft, robin’s egg blue with beautifully hand painted floral décor," guests are more likely to think of Juliette Binoche than Marie Curie.
Sevrain continually draws on her expansive knowledge while caring for the complexions of men, women, and teens. She performs classic French facials or specialized treatments with products such as Environ, a plastic-surgeon-developed line that nourishes the skin with vitamins and alpha-hydroxy acids. Sevrain can diminish wrinkles as a certified Bellanina-facelift massage specialist, and offers advanced treatments including chemical peels and ultrasonic therapy. She and her team pamper bodies with fragrant scrubs, hot-stone massages, and waxing services that are ideal for clients heading to the beach or American werewolves heading to Paris.
Dr. Mark W. Ashley combines chiropractic adjustments and physical therapy to help his patients find relief from pain. He treats everything from back pain and sciatica to headaches and numbness in limbs. He also evicts pain from bodies that have suffered from auto accidents and workplace injuries, such as that time your hurt back trying to shot-put a 5-gallon water jug into the cooler.
There are 27 bones in the human hand and 26 in the foot, and Dr. Jose L. Llorens of Power Chiropractic accounts for them all. Because of his detailed knowledge of the extremities, he views the body as a complete, harmonious unit, akin to a perfect circle made of barbershop singers. In addition to his signature hand-and-foot treatments, he performs noninvasive chiropractic adjustments and massages to keep the whole body in balance, working out aches, posture problems, and other ailments.
After more than two decades of practicing surgery in the area, Dr. Luis Viñas—a board-certified plastic surgeon—decided to open L.A. Viñas Plastic Surgery & Med Spa in 2009. Here, he performs and supervises cosmetic and reconstructive surgeries, as well as preventative procedures alongside a well-trained staff of medical assistants, aestheticians, and a physician-assistant laser specialist. The med spa specializes in anti-aging treatments, including injectables, chemical peels, and laser treatments that resurface skin to minimize wrinkles, age spots, and scarring.
The center’s massage therapists specialize in postoperative lymphatic drainage techniques, which help reduce inflammation, prevent scarring, and speed healing by enhancing the system’s ability to filter out toxins hiding behind cardboard replicas of the lungs. In addition to his surgical duties, Dr. Viñas partnered with his daughter to create a skincare line—V Therapeutic—that targets acne without stripping away moisture.
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