From the street, Spa Sassé is barely distinguishable from the other little black awnings and narrow storefronts. But step inside, and the narrow storefront opens up into a 5,000-square-foot refuge from the downtown bustle.
Guests are encouraged to arrive 15 minutes early for their appointment, giving them ample time to slip into fluffy robes and slippers and sip complimentary juice or tea before being ushered into a private treatment room. Here, aestheticians strive to ensure a soothing experience by treating skin with the utmost delicacy. They nourish it with natural ingredients such as honey, cacao, and Dead Sea salts, and, during laser hair removal, they wield the SoftLight laser, whose beams are gentle enough to zap hair from faces without damaging pores.
What would be more of a relief: to ease the pain of sore muscles or to target what's causing them to be sore? According to licensed therapist Rosi Goldsmith, it's the latter. She's adept at varied massage modalities that help relieve the body of muscular pain, but she also focuses on what she calls "tension patterns." She works with clients to bring better awareness of their bodies, and how they might be perpetuating chronic pain with poor posture or by always carrying their bag on their heads. Integration therapies such as ortho-bionomy help her identify these causes and help bring clients into better body balance.
At Moon Dance Wellness, Sefana Wilde works with clients from the inside out to help them forge a path toward total-body health. As a student at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, she trained in more than 100 dietary theories before crafting a unique dietary approach based on bio-individuality and balanced food intake. Her wellness-counseling practice also helps her clients become more aware of the attention they bring to exterior factors such as relationships, career, and spiritual awareness. To help the body further mend, therapeutic swedish, thai, and ayurvedic massages are available, as well as private healing movement therapy sessions.
Trio Salon Spa & Boutique is so-named because of its three-pronged approach to beauty. It acts as a full-service salon, a relaxing spa, and a boutique. Inside the posh salon complete with hardwood floors, cushy chairs, and a bustling atmosphere, licensed stylist Melissa Polley offers chic haircuts, sun-kissed highlights, and deep conditioning treatments; clients can also have their roots touch-ups and full weaves put in place. After getting hair tended to with products from Pureology and Redken lines, there's more relaxation to be had—clients can opt for a soothing massage, mani-pedi, or facial before heading over to the trendy boutique to do some shopping.
Signature Service: Deep tissue massage
Brands Used: Bon Vital Coconut Oil and Lotion
Parking: Paid street parking
Minimum Age Requirement: 18
Pro Tip: Please arrive 10-15 minutes before your scheduled appointment to fill out paperwork and discuss your session
Licensed massage therapist Willow Buswell gained her knowledge and experience at East West College of the Healing Arts. At Rejuvenated Heart, she uses them to blend a variety of massage techniques into custom massages. Such techniques include deep-tissue work, orthopedic massage, and tui na, which uses acupressure and joint mobilization to increase energy. Willow can enhance any massage with aromatherapy or dry exfoliation that releases histamine so muscles can become more relaxed.