Massage therapist Mia Corvin possesses a unique respect for the art of massage. More than just a pampering treat, she believes that massage's healing touch is vital to a well-balanced life. To Mia, awakening the senses and savoring tranquil silence—features inherent to a massage studio—are hardly superfluous. They're the things that make life worth living. She created Elixir Vitae Spa to share these essentials with others.
Named after the Latin phrase for the alchemical "elixir of life," the spa lives up to its mystically medicinal name. There, healing massages deliver non-invasive therapies powered by gliding Swedish strokes, deep-tissue pressure, and heat from simmering volcanic stones. Clients can also extend their calming treatment with a full list of add-ons, which range from aromatherapy sessions powered by essential botanical oils to steamy hot towel foot wraps.
Veronica Lugo was introduced to massage after sustaining injuries in a car accident. As part of her therapy, Lugo went to a chiropractor's office to receive clinical massages and experienced first-hand the healing properties of therapeutic bodywork. Wall sconces cast a warm circle of ambient light inside her treatment room, where Lugo puts her massage license, continuing education in clinical techniques, and spring-loaded extra arms to good use. She prefers to root out chronic aches by helping her clients over an extended period of time. "Ideally it's best that they do massage regularly, at least once a month," she says. "I like it when they come in regularly so I can actually see how it helps."
The staff at Spa Vargas Wellness pampers bodies and minds with luxurious spa services that deploy the spa's own line of naturally sourced products. Moving to their new location, the team at the Pheasant Run Resort outfits clients with cozy robes and slippers before inviting them to relax in an aromatherapy waiting room, which is more fragrant than a dessert buffet at Strawberry Shortcake's house. Nimble hands can exfoliate skin with a sea-salt or mud scrub, and the spacious Moroccan-style Vichy shower rejuvenates skin during hydrotherapy treatments. The calm-inducing crew passes on kneading know-how to up-and-coming massage therapists and play-doh sculptors at Spa Vargas University.
After graduating from the University of Aesthetics, Lisa founded her spa with the goal of tailoring each treatment to each client's needs. Lisa specializes in facials, but guests can also treat themselves to medical aesthetics, waxing treatments, and personalized service.
Advanced facials use steam, custom masks, and deep cleansings to thwart acne and tone complexions, while others take a more clinical approach with face-lifting enzymes and peels. Men's mugs are treated to A Quickie and the Skin Tune Up, which trues the wheels inside pores. The corrective back facial combines a massage with a pore-clearing bout of steam-assisted extractions.
Staffers use both hard and soft wax to depilate brows, legs, and unremovable toupees. The team is serious about hygiene: their 10 Commandments of Waxing include never double dip, never recycle wax, and always wear gloves. Packages, such as the three-hour, champagne-inclusive couples retreat, combine massages and facials with extra mood-bolstering scents and treatments.
The versatile staff members at Organix Med Spa perform a comprehensive list of health and wellness services and pride themselves on treating each patient with personalized care. Massage therapy and acupuncture sessions nurture bodies as a whole rather than catering separately to the wishes of disparate arms or heads. Organix Med Spa's nonsurgical chiropractic methods, which are customized to suit each spine's needs, assuage achy backs irritated by the feeble prodding of traditional medicine. In addition, the expansive therapy center boasts an organic med spa with an array of soothing treatments, such as facials and waxing.