True to its name, Harmony Massage & Spa uses therapeutic bodywork to help restore a sense of balance between the body, mind, and soul. The spa's therapists view massage as more than an indulgence—to them, massage should be a regular treatment for individuals seeking to improve their overall health and wellbeing. Each of the specialists' sessions work towards wellness by increasing circulation, improving joint flexibility, and alleviating chronic pains. Heated stones and soothing aromatherapy oils can accentuate the therapeutic benefits of the massage. Beyond bodywork, Harmony Massage & Spa offers facial waxing, as well as manicures and pedicures with optional nail art encased in tiny nail frames.
In 1997, Touch of Paradise founder Rob Palaski was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa, a rare degenerative eye condition that left him visually impaired. It was a blessing in disguise. His diminished sight allowed for greater sensitivity in his hands and the heightened ability to suss out muscular pain. Now in the comfort of his private studio, Rob can ease tension with flowing Swedish strokes and acupressure or wrangle lower-layer aches with his signature deep-tissue techniques.
Licensed aestheticians at Art of Aesthetics Skin Care tailor each skin care treatment to their clients' needs. They believe in diagnosing and preventing skin issues instead of finding a quick fix. They also enhance their custom facials with specialty mask treatments such as the Myoxy-Caviar mask to fight wrinkles, and the soothing rosacea treatment packed with green tea, chamomile, and licorice.
Upon entering Dolce Vita Massage, guests can immediately sense the spa's relaxing, zen-like vibes as they pass Buddha statues, candles, and soft lighting. Prior to massages, they can sip on cups of hot tea or coffee. Massage therapists customize sessions to each individual's needs, and use a mix of Swedish, deep-tissue, acupressure, and trigger-point techniques. Couples massages are also available for those who wish to relax side-by-side with a significant other or friend.
At Elements, you don't need spelunking gear and bat repellant to be considered a "caver." The staff applies the term to those who regularly visit its artificial salt cave—a grotto lined with pink Himalayan salt and lounge chairs. The salt dispenses particles into the air that potentially soothe the skin and combat respiratory ailments, such as congestion and asthma. And, by mimicking a natural cave, the room falls in line with the spa's eco-friendly motif. This focus on the environment pervades all of their treatments, paying homage to the elements of earth, water, wood, metal, and fire.
A wet room, complete with a vichy shower and soaking tub, best embody the "water" aspect, whereas skin and massage services incorporate the remainder of the elements. Aestheticians light up complexions with products from Naturopathica Holistic Skin Care, applying extracts of alpine willow, rosemary, and chamomile to fight the signs of acne and rosacea. Massage therapists, meanwhile, customize their kneads to the unique aches of each client. They might untie muscular knots with help from Mexican beach stones, or conduct an ashiatsu massage with their bare feet, the best tools for conducting deep-tissue work behind jackhammers set to "gentle."
Life is a balancing act, and licensed massage therapists Grace Parker and Jane Smith do their part to keep their clients centered. Not a thing seems out of proportion at Balance In Bloom: Therapeutic Massage, LLC, where they share a studio. Even their treatment menu seems strikingly balanced between its two main categories of massage: relaxation and remedial. The former incorporates light and moderate pressure coupled with heat, gentle kneading, and aromatherapy. The latter covers different territory, targeting areas of specific pain with friction, percussion, and heat or ice. In addition to these flagship modalities, Grace and Jane offer quick massages for the feet, hands, or face and couples massages that relieve stress more effectively than pedaling a tandem bicycle across a tranquil lake.