Licensed massage therapist and founder Janine Cormier Fleming designed Holistic Massage Training Institute's 600-hour program in an effort to educate aspiring massage therapists. After 9 or 12 months, the program qualifies students to sit for certification exams, which can open the door to an occupation such as licensed massage therapist or registered massage practitioner. Supplementing the standard program, community seminars show pupils how to administer couples' massages along with specialized techniques such as acupressure and reflexology. Yoga classes unwind student tensions in unison, and continuing-education courses illustrate bodywork techniques from India, Thailand, Hawaii, and Narnia.
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.
The animating philosophy at The Atmosphere Day Spa is that detoxification is the key to holistic beauty. This aversion to potentially harmful chemicals is why the center's services use naturally produced creams, masks, scrubs, and lotions. The practice is particularly conspicuous in the lineup of facials, which incorporate everything from lemons and flowers to pomegranates and chocolate in order to reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Haircare treatments, including cuts, clear gloss, and relaxers, leave locks lustrous.
Pain and discomfort can manifest in many forms—migraines, stress and anxiety, irritated skin, fatigue, and more—which means that treatments need to be able to adapt to each person's particular needs. This is especially true at 28th Street Wellness, where Claire Pallandre and Liz Ulrich use acupuncture and massage therapy, respectively, to help clients find relief from the chronic pains that plague them. Regardless of the modality, each of the two approaches shares the common goal of treating visitors from a holistic perspective and strengthening mind-body connections while addressing specific symptoms. Claire's five-element acupuncture sessions help jump-start the flow of stagnant energies by using precisely placed needles to facilitate the body's natural healing capabilities. When it comes to massage, Liz draws from a range of modalities that includes everything from Swedish and deep-tissue techniques to myofascial work and activated stretching. Each of these modalities has a specific purpose, whether it involves soothing tightly knotted muscles near the surface or finally figuring out how to unfurl that bow tie from last year.
Parabens, sulfates, petrochemicals, and genetically modified ingredients don't belong in any of the skincare products used by master aesthetician Shelley Birnbaum. Driven by a passion for eco-friendly practices, as well as a dedication to providing effective spa treatments, Shelley decided to only stock and employ balms and salves made from organically derived materials. But she wasn't content to merely vend these products—she began making them herself.
Along with her ReNew Botanicals Organic & Vegan line, Shelley draws on a handful of other trusted brands to naturally treat a wide range of skincare concerns. Her facials soothe complexions and address signs of aging with such earth-loving components as grape seed oil, olive leaf powder, and odes addressed "To That Really Nice Field." Many of her treatments are vegan, ensuring any client can stop by for a refreshing pick-me-up.
Pure Touch Organics massage cream and heated basalt stones help Missi Kibelbek and the rest of her staff loosen tense muscles and alleviate aches during massage sessions. The staff also tends to the skin’s surface with organic sugar scrubs and a butter wrap crafted from organic shea and cocoa butter. The therapists share the secrets of a great massage during a couples massage class that teaches basic massage techniques for the neck, back, and liver.