State-licensed and nationally certified massage therapist Rhonda C. Steger shares her gifts with clients at Solace Massage. During consultations, she discusses their personal needs and wellness goals before soothing muscles with deep-tissue kneads, gentle prenatal massage, and other modalities. For an additional cost, soothing hot stones and aromatherapy complete the relaxation experience.
In Domani Salon and Spa's foyer, a chandelier among earth tones exemplifies the feelings the staff wishes to inspire: lavish beauty mixed with a pure serenity. On the left, a café dispenses coffee, smoothies, juices, and sandwiches, and on the right, rows of beauty products stand at the ready. And directly in between, a front-desk coordinator awaits to lead clients to a styling chair or treatment room. Owner and master stylist Tricia Voigt—alongside her team of hairstylists and spa technicians— pampers women, men, and children alike with services including haircuts, coloring, massages, and facials. Domani also curates a variety of wedding packages so brides can focus on the moment instead of worrying about hair, makeup, or glitter stains.
Vie the Spa is an exclusive women’s spa that caters to female well-being with body-swaddling detoxifying wraps. Developed by biochemists from UCLA Medical Center, the herbal formulation of a M’lis Detox Contour wrap encourages circulatory lymphatic flow, which cleanses tissues without laundry detergent guesswork. Clients relax in a warm cocoon that keeps the skin and body hydrated as cellulite dissipates and up to 14 inches melt away from forms like butter on a Saharan sidewalk.
Angelina Kim of Serenity Wellness Spa is a woman with many talents. She is a licensed acupuncture professional, massage therapist, and aesthetician who treats clients with a menu of relaxing and wellness-inducing treatments. Angelina uses acupuncture to treat ailments such as headaches, depression, and severe pain. With an arsenal of nine different massage modalities, she can knead away tension and stress with Swedish, shiatsu, sports, and hot-stone massages. She also offers professional skincare treatments and waxing services to remove unwanted hair or shape the unsightly, inexplicable mustaches that grow above the eyes.
Licensed acupuncturist Sheila O'Brien founded Healing Point Acupuncture as a means of putting her knowledge of ancient Chinese medicine into practice. Though the needles she uses in her acupuncture treatments are finely pointed, her well-rounded background in Oriental medicine helps first-time clients feel more at ease.
With certifications in addiction therapy and craniosacral therapy, O'Brien hardly limits herself to acupuncture. She performs holistic treatments such as cupping and gua sha healing both at her office and in clients' homes as part of her mobile practice. She often combines these techniques to help her clients overcome physical and emotional ailments or unhealthy behaviors such as smoking, gambling, or crying loudly on commuter trains.
The stylists at Hairadise Salon & Spa are dedicated to continually honing their skills to provide customer satisfaction. They apply their ever-growing aesthetic knowledge to hair services, updating looks with cuts, colors, and special-occasion styles. Aestheticians pamper nails with polishes and embellishments, and customize facials to address complexions’ unique needs. The salon also offers tanning sessions to ensure patrons’ pallor doesn’t get them mistaken for abominable snowmen.
True to its utopia-evoking name, Hairadise aims to aid the world beyond its walls by giving back to local organizations. The salon’s efforts have supported groups including Agrace HospiceCare and the Susan G. Koman Foundation.
Ancient Greek physician Hippocrates made a deep impression on modern medicine—he inspired the oath that all physicians swear to before offering their talents to the world. Naturopathic doctor Renee Waters believes that "do no harm" is one of the most important precepts that Hippocrates ever penned. Since 1984, she has helped patients improve their health without introducing them to potentially harmful artificial drugs or invasive procedures, such as surgery or food-pyramid tattoos. Instead, she employs natural techniques, including reflexology and herbal medicine, to improve the function of major organs and leaves patients feeling cleansed and energized with detoxifying treatments. One of her most popular treatments is the Ultimate Healing Massage, which incorporates a scalp massage, lymph drainage, and acupressure work. Her naturopathic scope also includes iridology sessions, where she analyzes markings on patients' irises to evaluate physical and psychological health.