In the midst of rustic woods, there sits a three-story building. Upon opening its front door, visitors unleash a gentle wave of aromatherapy scents and warm air. They step inside, where therapists lead them past wood accents and into private treatment rooms. World of Serenity’s spa atmosphere recalls the calm of the surrounding wilderness, and inside its walls, therapists adopt a holistic approach; they educate guests in wellness basics, such as why humans don’t eat sand, and perform a range of customized spa services. They soften faces, deep-cleanse pores, and slough of dead cells during customized facials; sometimes scouring or soothing the skin with an additional enzyme deep cleanse, warm stones, or anti-aging collagen. They also ease muscle tension with six massage modalities such as deep tissue, warm stone, and reflexology; and scrub clients from head to toe using salt and sugar rubs, and wraps made from natural dead sea mud or Paradisius—a blend of ground fruit and flower extracts.
At Skylight Massage and Skincare, specialty massages and decadent add-ons merge into uplifting treatments that rejuvenate the body and spirit. The ashiatsu massage is a house specialty featuring a deep-pressure technique that soothes sore and achy muscles in the back, chest, hips, and legs. Once muscles are loose, a client may further relax under the soothing warmth of heated basalt stones or the tingling sensations of a natural-fiber brush, used to increase blood flow. Such duality is key here, with lavish spa services softening the edges of focused therapeutic bodywork, causing pain and stress to dissolve like slugs in a salt cave. Other services include an organic cellulite massage, a 24-karat gold facial, and an herb-and-mineral foot soak that incorporates lemon clay, shea butter, and essential oils.
Hands of Peace's La Gina Kissentaner believes she was born with healing hands, so naturally, she found herself drawn to massage therapy. Using her instinct and feedback from clients, she varies her modalities as she works. As clients recline in a clean, white room, light Swedish strokes help tension dissipate, while the tougher ministrations of trigger-point therapy help to relieve chronic tightness. Once sessions are over, she educates clients about self-care exercises that will keep muscles loose and limber. Because she loves what she does, she chooses co-workers who do as well, and they all update their training by traveling all over the world for seminars and classes.
At Meridian Harmonics Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine, a natural healer rests his faith in ancient methods that date back more than 8,000 years. Mark Tryling—a nationally board-certified acupuncturist and oriental-medicine provider—helms the practice, working with a spirit of generosity and respect toward his fellow practitioners and patients. Master Chinese herbalists eschew processed pharmaceuticals and Flintstones vitamins in favor of natural remedies, combining herbs with acupuncture to harmonize organ functions and facilitate the flow of energy. Most treatments drive toward the goal of restoring positive energy, which, when achieved, can yield a healthy mind, body, and spirit animal.
At Renew Oxygen Spa, licensed massage therapist Kristen Bennett kneads away stress and scours skin to help clients sparkle inside and out. Under her watchful eye, patients inhale pure oxygen or steaming ozone to spur on detoxification during massage services. Massages fuse modalities such as reflexology, ashiatsu, and lymphatic drainage, and ingested oxygen can help improve sleep, reduce blood pressure, and increase circulation. The spa?s raindrop and ozone treatments can help trigger detoxification, and the Dead Sea salt scrub leaves hands and feet as soft as the Pillsbury Doughboy in silk pajamas.
In their daily battle against stress, the massage therapists at Trees Bodyworks have a secret weapon: texture. They often enhance their strokes and pressures with exfoliating grains of sugar that soften calluses or silky oils that heal dry and itchy skin on the scalp. The studio?s clients can choose from a list of modalities that include both of the classics?Swedish and deep-tissue massage?as well as a specialty trigger therapy that targets muscles sore from chronic tension and pulling on the triggers of oversized novelty water guns.