7 Med Spa Trends for 2023

Brianna LeeMarch 3, 2023
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Looking to level up your self-care routine? Curious about a contraption a celebrity posted about on Instagram? We demystify the biggest med spa trends of 2023 – and share where you can try them locally.

As always, consult with your physician before undertaking a new wellness regimen.

Photo Courtesy Perspire Sauna Studios
Photo Courtesy Perspire Sauna Studios

Where You Can Get It
• Perspire Sauna Studiomultiple Valley locations
perspire
saunastudio.com

• Fuchsia Spa, multiple Valley locations
fuchsiaspa.com

Infrared Sauna  

Unlike a traditional sauna you’d find at a gym or spa, “infrared saunas do not heat the air around you; instead, they use infrared lights that use electromagnetic radiation to heat your body directly,” says Maureen Rzeppa, franchise owner of Perspire Sauna Studio in Paradise Valley. “Your body temperature increases by approximately 3 degrees, creating a false fever that helps boost your immune system by releasing built-up body toxins as well as  providing a multitude of other physical and wellness benefits.” Proponents claim these benefits include detoxing the body, relaxing the mind, burning calories, easing pain, enhancing immunity, clearing the skin and improving sleep. Perspire offers private 40-minute sauna sessions.

Photo courtesy Healing Arizona Veterans
Photo courtesy Healing Arizona Veterans

Where You Can Get It 

• Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy of Arizona, 12802 N. Cave Creek Rd., Phoenix, 602-996-8327
hbotofaz.org

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is like a breath of fresh air – for your entire system. “Oxygen chambers dissolve the oxygen into the plasma, cerebral spinal fluid and all of the clear liquids in the body,” says Lori Klauber, general manager at Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy of Arizona. Patients sit in a pressurized chamber with pure oxygen. The increased air pressure helps the lungs collect more oxygen, Klauber says. The rest of the body is “super-oxygenated,” a state that practitioners say aids preventive health, speeds healing and can be used in concert with other therapies to address conditions ranging from carbon monoxide poisoning and smoke inhalation to blood loss and thermal burns. Oxygens chambers are also used to help veterans cope with PTSD and traumatic brain injuries. The nonprofit organization Healing Arizona Veterans (healingarizonaveterans.org) helps vets get access to this treatment via donations and sponsorships.

Cryotherapy

If you’re dealing with pain and inflammation, you might consider chilling out – literally. Cryotherapy aims to reduce and redirect blood flow – which can reduce inflammation, swelling and pain, and even contribute to weight loss, adherents maintain – with exposure to extremely cold air. Essentially, you stand in an enclosed chamber that surrounds your entire body (except your head) while liquid nitrogen vapor circulates around your frame for two to three minutes. Cryotherapy temperatures vary by practitioner, but generally range between -160 to -280 degrees Fahrenheit. The sub-zero temperatures are more startling than painful, enthusiasts say, and many compare it to taking an ice-cold shower.

Photo courtesy Adobe Stock Images
Photo courtesy Adobe Stock Images

Where You Can Get It

• Restore Hyper Wellness, multiple Valley locations
restore.com

• E3 Cryo & Wellness Center13615 N. 35th Ave., Phoenix, 602-899-2796
e3cryo.com

Cold Hydrotherapy 

Plunging your body into a tub of ice-cold water is the last thing most of us would think of doing to make ourselves feel better. Yet, cold water therapy devotees insist the practice – which dates back centuries – has myriad health benefits, including improving circulation, reducing inflammation and pain, spurring the immune system and even promoting relaxation. At Optimyze wellness centers in Arcadia and Tempe, customers can dip for as few as 30 seconds and as long as three minutes in 55-degree and below water. Some say the process helps with their mindfulness practices, weight-loss goals and stress response. “Cold water therapy may be used to help with a variety of physical and mental health conditions, including muscle soreness, fatigue, stress, depression and anxiety,” says Optimyze founder Michael Roviello.

Photo courtesy Optimyze
Photo courtesy Optimyze

Where You Can Get It 

• Optimyze, two Valley locations
optimyze.me

Photo courtesy Balunsd
Photo courtesy Balunsd

Compression Therapy  

Compression therapy is one of the more popular offerings at Balunsd, an “advanced performance and recovery studio” in Scottsdale, says co-founder Brynn Martin. It amplifies the healing properties of massage therapy with targeted compression of your legs, ankles and feet via electric stockings or wraps. It feels a little like getting your blood pressure taken at a routine checkup, but less constricting. “Our particular units compress the muscles systematically to increase circulation [blood flow] and help with the removal of toxins and waste in the muscle tissue” à la lymphatic drainage massage, says Martin. It promotes relaxation, pain relief and muscle soreness recovery.

Where You Can Get It 

• Balunsd, 6747 E. Thomas Rd., Scottsdale, 480-508-4115
balunsd.com 

• Pro Recovery Zone, 4633 E. Shea Blvd., Phoenix, 602-515-5350
prorecoveryzone.com

Photo courtesy Rejuvena Health and Aesthetics
Photo courtesy Rejuvena Health and Aesthetics

Where You Can Get It 

• Rejuvena Health & Aesthetics, 7514 E. Camelback Rd., Scottsdale, 480-551-9000
werejuvenate.com  

• Element IV Therapy, 3104 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix, 480-672-0257
elementivtherapy.com

IV Therapy  

IV therapy has been trending for several years, says Dr. Suneil Jain of Rejuvena Health & Aesthetics in Scottsdale. “IV or intravenous therapy is a method of getting substances, in our case vitamins, minerals, amino acids and nutraceuticals, directly into the bloodstream for a faster, stronger effect,” he says. It can be used for many reasons: boosting the immune system, hydration and hangover recovery. Jain advises prospective IV therapy patients to proceed with caution when selecting a provider. “Beware that not all IVs are created equal,” he says. “Just because an IV can say it has X, Y, Z ingredients doesn’t mean you know the amounts used, whether they are in the best form, and whether or not preservatives were used. In addition, many IV solution bags are made from DEHP. This is a known toxin and should be avoided.”

Photo courtesy OHM Fitness
Photo courtesy OHM Fitness

Electrical Muscle Stimulation

Maximizing the effectiveness of exercise is top of mind for busy folks squeezing in gym sessions. Now they can take a page out of elite athletes’ training books and use high-tech bodysuits that provide electrical muscle stimulation (EMS) during workouts. “Training with EMS simultaneously activates up to 95 percent of the major muscle groups, including deeper muscle tissues that are harder to target in traditional exercises,” says Doug Payne, co-founder of OHM Fitness, which offers a proprietary EMS suit for its 25-minute classes. “The EMPower bodysuit simultaneously engages every major muscle group in a rapid, full-flex mode that’s impossible to achieve on your own or in any other workout, so you see better results faster.” EMS can also be used in healing capacities – often in a chiropractic setting – to aid soft tissue injuries and muscle spasms.

Where You Can Get It

• OHM Fitness, 15029 N. Thompson Peak Pkwy., Scottsdale, 480-582-2900
ohmfitness.com

• Active Health Chiropractic, 11011 S. 48th St., Phoenix, 480-893-2400
activehealth
az.com/electrical-muscle-stimulation

• Mountainside Wellness Center, 16515 S. 40th St., Phoenix, 480-940-7444
https://www.mountainsidewellnessaz.com/