Based on the belief that life energies exist and a state of unwellness results when they are blocked or imbalanced, Resonant Healing’s polarity therapy combines the healing practices of Chinese and Indian medicine with Western chiropractic and osteopathic therapies. During your session, you'll work with an experienced therapist to determine your healing goals, be they “stop my hair from crying” or “grow back my monkey tail.” Then, using relaxing hands-on treatment and slow, gentle rocking movements, your therapist will unblock the subtle energies of your soul-sack—increasing your awareness of your body while snaking the spirit's hair-clogged drains. You'll want to arrive for the 55-minute treatment in soft, loose-fitting clothing.
It may seem strange for an aesthetician to lead seminars that teach attendees how to properly wax their legs or give a soothing massage, but Edie McCue of E.M. Aesthetics makes them a central part of her practice. She believes everyone should have access to spa treatments and relaxation, even at home. As an aesthetician for more than 20 years, though, McCue still lends an expert hand for clients who want to leave the treatments to a professional. She quenches dry skin with shea-butter wraps, exfoliates dull facial cells with microdermabrasion, fights muscular tension with therapeutic massages, and performs head-to-toe hair-removal sessions.
Healthy, beautiful hands are the primary concern at Nails Design, where manicurists combat ragged cuticles and dry skin with extra-careful attention. Pumice stones and sea salt slough away rough patches on heels, and hand, arm, and foot massages help combat soreness brought on by months of literally crawling out of bed. While the staff is committed to safeguarding the health of natural nails, they also excel at applying acrylic tips, often enhanced by vibrant hand-painted designs that incorporate everything from animal prints to holiday motifs. Beyond nails, the spa further beautifies bodies with waxing and facials, as well as eyelash extensions in a variety of colors.
The Pink Peony Spa is a soothing day and beauty spa dedicated to pampering with a diverse selection of services. Hardwood floors and soft lighting inform the homelike environment, and licensed aestheticians make guests feel at as ease as a polar bear in a walk-in freezer. Offering facials and massages, the staff strives to use primarily organic skincare products, such as the line from Vera Botanica. They're happy to work on Brazilian bikini lines with sugaring, the spa's new hair-removal treatments.
U-Float's technicians offer a unique experience: the chance to escape the world adrift salt water in a private, person-sized tank. The experience belongs to the client and the 10 inches of heated water. Though not even a foot deep, the water inside every unit contains 1,000 pounds of dissolved, pharmaceutical-grade epsom salt, turning the liquid into the next best thing to a mattress. Heated to the same temperature as the skin, the water creates the sensation of simply floating in air, unfettered by gravity and finally able to turn off internal chatter. Other benefits include a reprieve from joint pain, insomnia, or stress.
When Elle · A Clinical Day Spa first opened in 1997, its therapists specialized exclusively in massage. But soon, they saw that what the average guest needed most was not a standalone massage appointment, but an immersive, multifaceted experience that could undo the stress that bombards them on a daily basis. Owners Leigh Shaw and Polly Tabares, who have experience in the spa industry and the fields of dermatology and plastic surgery, rethought their approach and expanded their services into both traditional spa therapies and med-spa treatments.
Today, Leigh and Polly oversee everything from body wraps and facials to Botox injections and prescription skincare. They also maintain a stash of products for at-home care, stocking lines such as Dermalogica and bareMinerals by Bare Escentuals. For frequent guests, they coordinate VIP memberships that offer perks such as service discounts and massages that harness the rejuvenating power of phoenix tears.