The massage therapists at Spa Heaven have a sensible solution for continually improving their techniques: they practice on each other. By drawing on that expert focus group, the staff has mastered the skills to soothe clients' bodies and minds with a unique blend of more than 15 modalities of Eastern and Western massage. But along with touch, the team also appeals to the other senses, filling rooms with the scents of aromatherapy oils and incense.
Spa Heaven's staff goes above and beyond treating aches with a slew of skin-rejuvenating body wraps. They concoct the compounds in their wraps from organic coffee in the organic green coffee body wrap, tropical fruit in the de-aging tropical fruit body wrap, and the finest mud pies in the aromatic dead sea mud wrap.
After spending 16 years in the field of dentistry, Susanne Novotny felt it was time for a change. She decided to pursue a career in a different type of healing?therapeutic and wellness massage therapy. She is now a licensed massage therapist and the owner of Serendipity Massage & Laser, where she alleviates stress and tension with custom Swedish, deep-tissue, and sports massages.
The caring professional also spends one day per week working with a pain-management doctor to facilitate patients' healing. Novotny mixes her own essential-oil blends and creates sea salt and sugar scrubs, crafting all-natural and organic formulas to enhance relaxing massage sessions or re-create scratch-and-sniff memories from childhood.
Matt and Cherie helm the tables at Elkins Myofascial Release, tending to problems of the body and spirit with massage. Matt specializes in neuromuscular therapy, deep-tissue, myofascial release, and craniosacral therapy; Cherie offers Swedish and relaxation massages. Swedish massage helps promote general relaxation and looseness in the body, while deep-tissue massage targets specific points of pain and tension, whether the result of hunching over a computer desk all day or being asked to be the desk for your co-worker's laptop.
The pampering experts at Emerald Isle Day Spa employ an arsenal of bodywork and skincare services that soothe muscles and revitalize complexions. Well versed in both Eastern and Western massage modalities, they target specific points on the hands and feet during reflexology sessions and stretch out tense muscles during active Thai massages. Classic Swedish massages knead away stress with smooth, gentle strokes, whereas more intense deep-tissue massage delves into the lower levels of tissue to untie chronic knots. Aestheticians cleanse and correct skin using G.M. Collin skincare products, some of which are derived from marine extracts, never submarine ones.
At Wellspring Asian Massage & Skin Care, massage therapists combine the strengths of Eastern and Western massages in their treatments. Their slate of services includes familiar Western treatments, such as Swedish massage and therapeutic high-fives, as well as Asian variations, such as Thai massage and cupping.
At The Woodhouse, relaxation begins upon each guest's arrival in the spa's dedicated Quiet Room. A luxurious robe drapes around their shoulders, reflexology sandals lightly massage their feet, and mugs of loose-leaf tea warm their lips as they await the start of their services. The spa's product selection reflects a similar attention to detail: employees fill the shelves with natural, organic, and wild-crafted products. They also go the extra mile to include small extras with each session, such as home-care recommendations after facial treatments and foot-cleansing with each massage. The award-winning spa was voted favorite multiple location spa and favorite day spa by American Spa Magazine in 2013.