Inside an unassuming brick building, Ridgely Retreat takes its name seriously. The multifaceted spa, wellness center, and yoga studio offers mental escapes in the form of hot-stone massages and meditation classes as well as physical relief in the form of acupuncture and chiropractic services. The eclectic yoga offerings range from gentle and Vinyasa classes to yoga dance, wine-and-cheese yoga, children’s yoga, and the newly added aerial yoga. On the spa side, services such as glycolic peels and Fraxel laser resurfacing flaunt a modern edge, though the cherry-blossom facial, detox body wrap, and warm bamboo treatment let clients experience the kind of classic relaxation enjoyed by hedonistic pandas the world over.
Zenscape Spa’s signature treatment is a perfect reflection of their blend of Eastern and Western wellness techniques: the service integrates reflexology, Swedish massage, trigger-point therapy, and aromatherapy. Of course, practitioners can also focus in on any one of these techniques. Chinese acupressure is modeled after acupuncture, but swaps out needles for finger pressure in order to stimulate pressure points and help boost energy. Focused on the hands and feet, reflexology stimulates key pressure points to address such concerns as indigestion, fatigue, and separation anxiety from socks, and can be paired with an herbal foot sauna. Clients await their treatment in a room awash with warm magentas, bright green plants, and a literal invitation to "relax" scrawled on the main wall.
Chiropractor Dr. Nicholas A. Grande not only treats chronic pain—he used to suffer from it himself. Familiar with the connection between chronic pain and an unhealthily sedentary lifestyle from personal experience, Dr. Grande strives to alleviate aches and tightness, and to increase his clients' ranges of motion. He draws on diverse techniques to achieve these ends, from cold-laser treatments and massages to instrument-assisted spinal manipulation, which is much more effective than manipulating spines with a backpack full of monkeys.