Massage Metta’s lead massage practitioner, Janine Narayadu, specializes in Active Isolated Stretching. Recognized by many physicians, chiropractors, and physical therapists as an effective way to improve flexibility, the AIS method stretches muscles for no longer than two seconds at a time to lengthen the muscles without triggering reciprocal muscle contractions or requiring new, longer clothes. Along with stretching techniques, Janine employs more than 15 years of international massage experience to relieve tension with the firm kneads of deep-tissue massage or the gentle strokes of Swedish massage. Massage Metta also offers craniosacral therapy and detoxification services for general health and wellness.
The Red Bloom Wellness Spa utilizes organic, all-natural, and sustainable products in its spa services to bring bliss to bodies bruised by the foam baseball bats of time, sun, and irritation. Groupon users can opt for one of three facial treatments at Red Bloom. The Replenish treatment ($120) gets in the face of your face with hydrating healing to dampen its desert-dry patches. The Refine treatment ($130), aimed at oily acne deposits along skinscapes, minimizes pores, stabilizes the skin's oil production, and lessens irritation. Rounding out the options is the Restore treatment ($150), which reverses time's ravages on the skin with antioxidants and plant-based enzymes that de-wrinkle fine facial lines.
The massage therapists at Vanity Wellness perform two kinds of massage: reflexology, which targets trigger points in the feet in an effort to affect the rest of the body; and body-relaxation massage, which combines Swedish and deep-tissue strokes with stretching to inspire a sense of calm. Aromatherapy oils can accompany either service, treating noses to more pampering than 1,800-thread-count tissues.
After honing the techniques of muscle manipulation at the Baltimore School of Massage, Antonio Grandez has spent the last eight years perfecting his craft. With steady hands and laser-like focus, he delves into sore backs, shoulders, and limbs to loosen tight muscles and bring his clients on one-hour sojourns into relief and relaxation. Along with stress-banishing Swedish techniques, the therapist specializes in deep-tissue massage, which targets spots of chronic pain, and sports massage, which is formulated to ease injuries stemming from athletic endeavors such as spending a day as a soccer ball.
From Mirka’s first trip to a spa as a child with her mother, she knew she wanted to be an aesthetician. Over the years, she worked her way up the educational ladder, first as a makeup artist, then a skincare consultant, and finally a full-fledged aesthetician. At Age Smart by Mirka, she specializes in combating dermal issues with a fleet of services that include microcurrent toning, acne-blasting facials, diamond microdermabrasion, and vitamin-C facials. She also gets rid of unwanted hair on the face, body, and tail with waxing services.
With a skilled staff of hair designers and aestheticians, Eyma Salon and Spa's worldly co-owners apply international expertise to pamper patrons with a variety of hair and skin services. Style desired tresses with women's ($50+) or men's ($35+) hair design. Other hair beautification treatments include deep conditioning ($30+), shampoo and style ($35+), or a shampoo only for those who prefer to wash and dash ($15). Frontispiece refurbishers may select a facial ($55+) or doll up their digits with a spa manicure and pedicure ($85 combined). See the site for a full list of services, and call ahead to make an appointment.
Intimate, simple, soothing: A & E Day Spa's environment promotes relaxation even before the first hand massage is given or moisturizer is applied. Beauty technicians, massage therapists, and other experts help clients unwind while working to reinvigorate the body, mind, and spirit as clients lounge in plush pedicure chairs or gaze up at draped, gauzy curtains from their spot on a massage table. The soft beige tones of the walls help imbue the space with a sense of calm, while private treatment rooms keep massages separate from those who are just there to read the names on the nail-polish bottles.
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