Auburn Massage Centre was established in 2007 by co-founders Laura Buchs-Hall and Sarah Lapadot in an effort to share the healing powers of massage therapy and bodywork. During the past five years, AMC's staff has continued to bloom alongside its selection of services, which now range from standard massages to skincare treatments for faces, hands, and feet. Clients can also explore the facility's gym memberships, tanning plans, and sauna, where warm temperatures help melt away stress and hard candies hidden inside clenched fists.
In nature, stones are usually treaded on by the masses as they lie forgotten on the ground. But inside The Wellness Center, stones take center stage during massage sessions. They are heated with care and gently slid along body canvases, lulling tense muscles into relaxation. The massage therapists also incorporate essential oils and salt scrubs into their kneading sessions and slather mud masks over faces for added relaxation.
Cast in soft overhead light, the arching, earth-toned corridors of A Day Away Salon & Spa reveal curtain-draped treatment rooms equipped to rejuvenate both the body and mind. Jet-black washbasins rehydrate hair before stylists armed with products from Pureology, Redken, and Paul Mitchell snip away rogue growth or unlock new identities with all-over color.
Within the facial-treatment room, oil-soaked reed diffusers punctuate the air with aromas as nutrient-packed masks ease away fine lines and creases. Nail stations equipped with built-in pedicure baths soothe cuticles before toes welcome coats of polish or hands try on sets of sturdy acrylic extensions.
In addition to its time as a temple of beauty, the spa doubles as a Pilates and yoga studio, helping clients unlock flexibility, practice therapeutic breathing, or find inner peace after getting their joke rejected by Reader’s Digest.
Alter Professional Salon's staff creates a relaxing atmosphere for clients to enjoy a complement of pampering services including nailcare and massage therapy. A mani-pedi leaves nails trimmed and polished and includes a paraffin wax hand dip to soften and hydrate the skin. During the relaxation time massage, a certified therapist utilizes gentle pressure and gliding strokes to relax muscles and stimulate healthy circulation. For relief from chronic pains or rehabilitation after overly physical poetry slams, integrated-muscle-therapy sessions assuage muscles with the slow, firm pressure of deep-tissue massage that helps realign lower layers of connective tissue.
The experienced stylists at 5 Elements revive forlorn follicles with an arsenal of high-quality products and inspired services. Clients can settle in to the salon's zen-inspired space to let tress tamers lop off split ends and sculpt strands with a cut and style, leaving mop-tops invigorated and erasing evidence of last night’s unfortunate encounter with a flock of frisky birds ($38). With all-over color ($75+), a half highlight-lowlight ($70+), or a color-corrective service ($30), pre-Oz locks discover new hues of the rainbow, and a relaxing treatment sets rowdy strands straight ($65+). Those seeking hydration can add a conditioning treatment to any service ($15).
Melinda Smith started dreaming about feet in high school. Confused by the recurring visions, she asked a teacher for advice and began to study reflexology—the practice of gently massaging pressure points along the feet in order to promote well-being across the entire body. Melinda’s first encounter with the healing bodywork technique cemented her resolve to study massage therapy, and she eventually founded her own studio with numerous modalities on the menu.
The spa includes four private treatment rooms, each of which is designed to channel one of the four elements (earth, fire, air, and water) that Aristotle discovered with his particle accelerator. The rooms’ different energies serve different purposes—with the earth room aimed at relaxing minds and the fire room intended to cultivate inner strength. Outside these rooms, the spa's aestheticians and technicians incorporate botanically derived Aveda products into skincare treatments and paint nails with chip-resistant OPI gel polishes.