Licensed massage therapist Gina Mauro helms Massage and Yoga Therapy, where she blends in-depth knowledge of Thai massage, shiatsu, neuromuscular therapy, reiki, and yoga into personalized massages. She welcomes guests for brief consultations, discussing physical issues and any relevant matters to best sculpt massage sessions that can include stretching, compression, and deep pressure.
Whether it’s with ombre highlights or a hot-stone massage, the team at Bella Nani Salon & Spa pampers its guests. Hair services range from basic cuts to blowouts, updos, and extensions. Facials, waxing, and mani-pedis are also available to ensure that no body part will be left feeling inadequate upon leaving the salon.
Muscle-kneading duo Linda Mehleisen-Kelly and Bryan Bauer eradicate back-bound aches with nine massage and energy-balancing services, calling upon years of training from Albany's own Center for Natural Wellness. Swedish and deep-tissue massage work kinks out of tired physiques, and reiki employs dexterous hands to clear away energy blockages and detoxify the body. Hot stones and bamboo sticks gently unwind tension with pulsating warmth, loosening even the most tightly wound of muscles and thawing out backs frozen from giving snowmen piggyback rides.
The tension tamers at Marotta Health and Wellness Chiropractic let physiques unfurl and minds unwind with therapeutic massages tailored to each client's individual needs. During one-hour Swedish massage sessions, a licensed therapist coaxes out stored-up stress and melts tension lodged in bodily crannies with gliding strokes and precise pressure, allowing the body to experience a floating sensation akin to a blimp ride in outer space. Deep-tissue massages hone in on wound-up tendons and weary connective tissue, revivifying musculature while boosting blood flow, banishing cramps, and increasing joint flexibility. Marotta Health and Wellness Chiropractic’s tranquil, secluded treatment rooms envelop guests with mint-green walls dotted with colorful educational charts, posters, and Spine of the Month calendars.
Clients can relax and practice shadow puppet routines inside Welcome Relief Massage Therapy’s sunny sitting area, before being led in to one of the massage areas. Stressed skeleton suits can enjoy the benefits of a full-body one-hour Swedish massage, which uses medium pressure to relieve muscle tension and stimulate circulation (a $65 value). Clients hoarding pockets of hurt, however, can indulge in a firm-pressure deep-tissue massage that can help alleviate pain and stress (a $75 value). And with a combination of Swedish massage techniques and warm, smooth, oiled stones, a hot-stone massage delivers a comfortable warmth that will drain away tension and bring your muscles to optimal stress-exorcism temperature (an $80 value).
A wildly successful alternative to traditional day spas—its more than 300 locations blanket 36 states and half a dozen countries—Planet Beach is a futuristic relaxation station where state-of-the-art machines administer all the spa and tanning services. These friendly automatons sometimes replace familiar treatments, as in the Luminous facial, a light-based service that delivers blemish-busting results similar to those of a conventional facial. But other equipment maps out new spa territory entirely: the Hydro-Derma Fusion chamber moisturizes the whole body with nutrient-rich steam in order to offset the effects of a dry climate or a rear-end collision with a salt truck. Other machines whiten teeth, spray-tan skin, and massage muscles.
Planet Beach operates on a gym-style membership system, meaning that members purchase packages or pay flat monthly rates. As members spend more time at the spa, they get to know the helpful assistants who are always on hand to demonstrate how to use the equipment without activating its ability to cry.