At Blue Sand Mind & Body, a group of practitioners comes together to ply its signature trade: traditional Thai massage. Generally considered more rigorous than other modalities, Thai massage mixes stretching maneuvers with deep and targeted pressure. For those who prefer a more relaxing massage, the staff is equally proficient at Swedish, Hawaiian lomilomi, and hot-stone massage, among other treatments. Like a really good wide receiver, Blue Sand is open every day of the week and caters to those with busy schedules by staying open until 8 p.m. each day.
At Chateau Belle, in a space designed to conjure the feel of a Parisian flea market, lash luminary Megan Alexandra uses organic products and NovaLash and Shavasana extensions to pamper peepers and dress them with luxurious fringe. Patrons select lashes to suit their own orbs from frill in an array of lengths and thicknesses, which Alexandra carefully applies over 60–90 minutes, and organic, anti-wrinkle gel pads soothe the eye area more than a staring contest with a bubble bath. Floral-mist essences delight with gentle haikus to nostrils and refresh with healing particles as guests acquire flare extensions for coquettish eye-batting or full extensions that enable train-stopping winks. Except for the glue, the salon uses entirely organic products, and lashes last for approximately three weeks, after which fills are recommended.
While growing up on a farm in Vermont, Jessica Charles learned to appreciate how revitalizing a serene, natural setting could be. When she founded Body & Soul, she wanted to give clients a similar setting within a more traditional spa environment, complete with services that foster a similar sense of holistic wellbeing. Her bodywork sessions, for instance, use specialized massage modalities to soothe tense muscles or help restore balance throughout the body with energy-manipulating reiki techniques.
Jessica also realizes that modern technology has much to offer people besides bionic limbs. Her spa's ultrasonic-cavitation and laser-lipo systems each contour stubborn deposits of fat along the body, as do the body wraps, which Jessica prepares using organic blends of minerals and ingredients intended to nourish the skin. Even the facials embrace modern spa advancements: treatments employ microcurrent technology to create youthfully firm skin or LED light energy to minimize the appearance of blemishes such as scars, inflammation, and acne.
Having trained and studied throughout the US, Europe, and Asia, Rachel Petkus L.Ac now shares her passion for holistic well-being at Healing for Balance. Though she's a licensed acupuncturist, she also offers other therapeutic treatments that include Thai massage and cupping. Whatever treatment she's performing, Rachel is focused on jump-starting the body's natural healing processes while supporting clients' physical as well as mental health. To help clients achieve this mind-body balance, she also leads Kundalini-based yoga classes that can incorporate chanting, meditation, and mindful breathing exercises.
At Zen Massage Place, the massage therapists erase stress with soothing massage treatments. Herbs, sea salt, or flowers enhance foot soaks before foot reflexology treatments; likewise, thai hot herbal balls or hot stones are employed during full-body massages. Other options include deep-tissue, Shiatsu, or Swedish massage techniques, as well as relaxing treatments that include a rain shower and body scrub for soft skin.
LA Bliss Spa's staff soothe tired skin and frayed nerves by providing a friendly environment where clients can let go of every concern except their need for pampering. Skilled aestheticians perfect skin with a menu of facials that includes custom exfoliation and pore-cleaning variations. Facials use products that diminish signs of aging such as lines and pigmentation in shades not in compliance with the official human color wheel. To purge the body of stress, the spa offers a number of different massage styles, as well as mud wraps and detoxifying body scrubs that are designed to provide unique results. Massage therapists unfurl tension and nourish frames with soothing oils while skin care professionals at the spa use Dermalogica products. Therapists also utilize the healing properties of heated stones to relieve muscle discomfort and release endorphins back into the wild.