Rejecting the traditional notion that massages are just for spa dwellers and athletes, owner Andretta M. Brown and her team strive to redefine the therapeutic art by making it accessible to all, performing soft and unintimidating body work in their storefront or in the comfort of clients’ homes. The team draws from a diverse menu of therapeutic massages, catalyzing lymphatic drainage with pumping techniques, cultivating all-over wellness with foot- and hand-centric reflexology sessions, or soothing muscles with warm river stones. To relax further, patrons can opt for herbal body wraps or mud treatments that draw out toxins and automysophobic spirits.
Though AMB Mobile Massage tends to clients of all ages, they specialize in therapy for elderly clients. Their geriatric-wellness program, which is tailored to patients with dementia and other age-related conditions, works to improve flexibility and range of motion.
You never know when a date, a job interview, or an old high-school rival might suddenly pop up, so Spa On The Square keeps its doors open seven days a week to help clients look their best no matter the occasion. A full slate of hairstyling services awaits, including cuts, updos, and highlights for both men and women. Nail technicians groom nails and soften skin during basic mani-pedis or organic nail services, which include ingredients such as milk and honey, chocolate, or herbs, and aestheticians reach for chocolate, caribbean sea salt, or seaweed during skin-softening body treatments that may be enjoyed à la carte or paired with a soothing Swedish, deep-tissue, or volcanic-stone massage. Spa On The Square extends its waxing services to men as well, manscaping fuzz on multiple areas including the stomach, neck, back, and ears. The spa even offers men's Brazilian waxes for baseball players looking to facilitate faster slides into home plate.
Apothecary Wellness Spa's service menu may be long and diverse, but every treatment has one thing in common: holistic, eco-friendly products and techniques that calm the mind and reveal beauty naturally. Facials rely on formulas from Naturopathica and Ilike Organic Skincare to purify and revitalize complexions through fully personalized treatments, each of which include soothing massages and a bounty of hot towels. Custom-massage sessions benefit from the addition of individually blended essential oils, and body treatments soften the skin by imparting essences of wholesome fruits, vegetables, and herbs. Even the waxing treatments take a natural approach by using Nufree, a plant-based, hair-removal formula that's naturally antibacterial and free of waxes and sugars, resulting in less skin irritation than the hard waxes or recently-lit birthday candles used by other spas.
Fine tuning the health and beauty of the human body is the main order of business at Soma Solutions Wellness & Nutrition Centers. The nutrition coaches on staff draft dietary plans and teach clients how to avoid consuming extra calories by never again licking stamps. The certified personal trainers offer one-on-one workouts and all-you-can-sweat group classes.
Medically supervised technicians see to the aesthetic nature of the business, working to rejuvenate the skin with laser treatments and injectable solutions. The GentleMax laser zaps unwanted hair, spider veins, and sunspots on all skin types using high-intensity pulses of light. Noninvasive VelaShape II sessions, which have been featured in Shape, target cellulite and lax skin with robotic massage.
If licensed massage therapist Bernadette Singleton has learned anything in the eight years since she opened BES Enterprise Natural Solutions, it’s that no two bodies react to treatment the same way. Human senses can be capricious and hard to control—something she knows all too well from her own battle with Meniere’s disease.
Bernadette draws on her years of therapeutic practice as well as her own life experiences to create custom massages that cater to her clients’ individual needs. Her own sensitivity to store-bought products compelled her to handcraft her own blends of oils, creams, and deodorants, and many of these formulas have since worked their way into her treatments. When she isn’t releasing tension with Swedish and deep-tissue techniques or coating water-heated pebbles in oil for a hot-stone massage, she continues to craft cold-processed soaps, hand-dipped candles, and blends of shea butter harvested from cows that once grazed in the New York Mets’ outfield.
At Spoiled Rotten Kids Spa, the pampering treatments have a kid-friendly twist—the chocolate facial, for example, nourishes skin with a mix of chocolate, honey, and cottage cheese that's actually edible. Fun nail art, meanwhile, enhance the manicures and pedicures, and nonalcoholic mocktails, such as the cherry-juice cosmo, add a grown-up feel to the fun.
The spa, which has been featured on Tyra Banks, complements its à la carte spa treatments with styling for natural hair. The team braids locks into cornrows, crafts two-stranded twists, and administers press-and-curls. Chaperoned kids can also celebrate with party packages, complete with a tiara for the birthday girl instead of the traditional spa robe with candles stuck in it.