Keeping freshly painted fingertips out of your purse is the first rule of mani-pedis—or at least it used to be. At Great Spa, you can feel free to dig around for your keys the second the UV lamp clicks off. Gel nail polish takes only about 10 extra minutes to dry and is much more durable and long-lasting than typical polish. Gel manicures are just part of a day of pampering at the spa, though. Other beauty experts cut hair, cleanse skin with facials, knead away stress with massages, and removal hair with warm wax.
The nationally certified massage therapists of massage ME & bodyworks want to create a place where their clients can escape from the daily grind through massages, facial therapy, and holistic treatments. The therapists are each skilled in multiple modalities (including deep-tissue, hot-stone, and prenatal massage) so they can better personalize each service. They also carry a line of dye-free soy jojoba oil candles that melt into massage oil, which they then use to knead sore muscles or oil squeaky doors. Coupled with facial acupressure, the products used during facial therapy stimulate collagen growth and help encourage lymphatic drainage to smooth out fine lines. Though their entire service menu seeks to bring bodies into balance, specialized holistic treatments, such as reiki and ionic footbaths, address bodily toxins and health concerns more directly.
In addition to welcoming clients into the office, the staff can set up onsite service for offices, spa parties, and tug-of-war tournaments, complete with massage chairs and tables.
Yoga has been a part of Robin’s life since 1968, though it didn’t completely take hold until 1999 when she became a certified instructor. Since then, she has built a community of holistic healing around her yoga practice with Robin’s Yoga & Healing Center, LLC, offering wellness services such as thai yoga bodywork, reiki, and breath-work sessions.
The licensed massage therapists at Life Healing Spa send stress the way of the corded phone. As far as other things susceptible to knots, staff members take the kinks out of muscles by rendering six Westernized treatments, such as Swedish, deep-tissue, and hot-stone massage. But they also offer Chinese-style therapies, including cupping and gua sha therapy. During gua sha, a therapist pressures the skin in strokes with a round-edged instrument to decrease the visibility of small red petechiae, called "sha," in two to three days.
In 2005, a pair of sisters—chiropractor Dr. Anne Marie and aesthetician Christina—put their holistic-centered minds together to create a spa focused on health and relaxation. Peace and tranquility are the main offerings at Vitality, a centre intended to be an oasis for both body and mind. Between blue, lavender, and khaki walls, guests step into slippers and inhale at the aromatherapy bar before taking on relaxing treatments such as facials, massage, or body wraps. Aesthetic services such as nail care, hair removal, and makeup artistry round out the spa's generous menu of treatments. Individual needs inform what types of services the staff recommends for guests, be it an anti-aging facial, dermabrasion skin-renewing treatment, or soothing, massage-based sessions. Memberships, packages, and private parties also create affordable ways to experience Vitality's serene spaces and aesthetic professionalism.
No matter how much tension they work out of muscles, how many updos they sculpt, or how many times clients request they make lightsaber sounds during laser hair removal, the staff at The Galleria Day Spa keeps learning about the latest beauty and health trends. This devotion to continuing education informs each service, from bikini waxes to gel manicures. Skin treatments, such as facials and peels, rely on formulas from Dermalogica and GlyMed Plus, and the staff reaches for similarly high-end products from Paul Mitchell and Moroccanoil during salon services.
The team of relaxation gurus at InsideOut Wellness includes two trained massage therapists and a reiki master who focus on rejuvenating bodies with affordable massages, reiki treatments, footbaths, and nutritional guidance. Amid candlelight and contemporary decor, massages are doled out in 30-, 60-, and 90-minute increments as therapists unkink spines and deknot muscles in a variety of massage modalities customized to meet clients' needs and preferences. Each muscle-melting session includes complimentary hot stones, and guests can opt to push their treatments past the borders of Pamperville with luxurious add-ons including paraffin treatments or aromatherapy scalp massage. A collection of old-fashioned bronze basins awaits tired feet with hot water and a soothing foot-soak mixture in preparation for an indulgent treatment further complemented by a pot of herbal tea and sugar-scrub treatment. While massage therapists focus on revitalizing exteriors, InsideOut's resident reiki master turns her attention to the body's interior as she revives waning energy levels with holistic reiki sessions for humans and their animal companions.
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