Imagine dropping a stone into a pond. Though the stone only touches a small portion of the water's surface, the effects of the impact radiate throughout the entire pool. Reflexology is based on a similar idea—as a therapist stimulates pressure points on the feet, the effects are said to affect the entire body. At Magic Foot Spa, practitioners specialize in this therapy, first soaking feet in water warmed over the blushing cheeks of an ankle-anxious Victorian before targeting pressure points that correspond with various body organs. As practitioners increase pressure on each foot, the manipulation can ease muscular tension and release energy blockages in the digestive, immune, and circulatory systems.
The team also performs full-body acupressure treatments that are based on similar principles. These gentle massages work by activating the key pressure points used in acupuncture, but with fingers, palms, and elbows instead of needles. As clients lie fully clothed on a massage table, therapists focus on these points—which are believed to correspond with the body's energy channels—so that they can balance opposing energy forces and thus improve bodily function.
Co-owner Rebeccah Bartlett Leister of Structures Salon and Spa will not trade jobs with you. "I love that every single day I am here I laugh out loud," she says on her staff bio page. "I feel so lucky to be able to enjoy my 'work' this much." One draw may be the salon and spa's proprietary organic and natural products that are crafted by a small family business. Another draw might be the encouragement staff members receive to augment the products' powers with rounds of continuing education and creative projects such as fashion shoots, makeup design, and hair-coloring experiments. Leister herself has experience designing makeup for Vanity Fair and InStyle magazines.
Wide windows illuminate Structures Salon and Spa so that stylists can mix colors in optimum light and let new hairdos photosynthesize. Colorful yarn twines around stair railings to create chromatic triangles, and appliqué birch trees stand tall along the lobby's windows.
As a licensed massage therapist, Barbara Trojecki has a simple motto: “We have only one body, so we need to take good care of it.” Barbara is a graduate of the Baltimore School of Massage, and her experience is diverse, ranging from the corporate and health-care sectors to day spas and fitness facilities. Now in the comfort of her private North Shore studio, she customizes flowing medium-pressure strokes, with firmer deep-tissue techniques to target lower-layer aches and relieve tension. Clients seeking to improve athletic performance and recover from nights of rolling down steep hills in oil drums may also request Barbara’s signature sports massage.
At Hidden Medicine Healing Arts Studio, well-practiced healers help clients overcome chronic pain and maladies with soothing massages, nourishing skincare and facials, and a wide range of alternative medicine products. After assuaging muscle pain with a therapeutic massage or sloughing away dead skin cells with a resurfacing facial, clients can peruse the shop's extensive supply of crystals, charms, candles, and sweet-smelling incense.
The seasoned aestheticians of My Skin Care Day Spa aim to not only help clients with their skincare needs but also to educate them. The spa’s blog covers topics ranging from how to choose the right beauty products to exercises that help improve the skin’s elasticity and firmness. At the spa, you can indulge in facials, waxing, and relaxing back treatments.
Seasoned vascular surgeons Dr. Garth Rosenberg and Dr. Paul McNeill lead a knowledgeable staff in de-cluttering capillary-laced calves with contemporary sclerotherapy treatments at Capitol Vein and Laser Center. Experts destroy spider veins' superficial matrices of red, blue, and purple across legs by injecting slender microneedles under the skin to rapidly dispense a potent medication. The minimally painful sessions last 10–30 minutes depending on the number of areas treated and length of time needed for legs to achieve closure with their departing blemishes. Patients require zero downtime after the treatment and can promptly ditch the earplugs they used to keep legs' choruses of “The Itsy Bitsy Spider” from keeping them up at night. In out-of-office hours, Dr. Rosenberg and Dr. McNeill indulge an altruistic streak with a community scholarship fund and overseas pro bono medical care.