The soothing scents of aromatherapy waft throughout Real Skin and Nails. Mood enhancements like these complement most of the spa's services, which include couples massages and signature facials with cocoa antioxidant masks. Aestheticians also administer facials specifically designed for men.
Named after the Greek word for me, Emena Spa centers on the individual through a bevy of complimentary amenities, soothing décor, and pampering services. The doting staff stays true to the spa's namesake, ushering clients into one of six private treatment rooms for a revitalizing microdermabrasion or detoxifying peel accented by organic products, cutting-edge technology, and aesthetic know-how. Stylists and nail technicians pore over features with attentive services that elicit youthful beauty, and the facility's Power Plate vibrating platform gives clients the opportunity to tone their bodies without long hours at the gym or smudge-prone bicep marker drawings. For full-body enhancement, massage therapists unearth tension through four modalities as licensed physician's assistants target unwanted hair and skin blemishes with GentleMax laser technology.
The periwinkle hues and quiet music at Caribbean Blue Spa mimic the color and soft sighing sounds of a placid sea. Sprays of flowers or flickering candles may stand on the corner tables, furthering that connection to nature during full-body massages, facials, and mani-pedis. High-tech equipment mounted on rolling stations helps complete those treatments or finally impress the bored teenage time traveller who has been following you around all day.
As an 11-year-old girl, Doctor of Chiropractic Wendy Gallego was diagnosed with scoliosis. The painful curvature in her spine immediately began to interfere with her life, forcing her to drop out of gymnastics and wear a back brace. After years of chronic discomfort, a college friend suggested that she visit a chiropractor, and she finally began to find relief from her symptoms. More importantly, she was inspired by her chiropractor's whole-body approach to wellness, which emphasized nutrition and lifestyle as well as treatment. This drove her to become a chiropractor herself while formulating the philosophy that "people should not be perceived as separately functioning parts, but rather as a complex structure of interdependent systems." By founding Shin Wellness, she sought to create a holistic health care center that addressed physical as well as mental health.
Embracing Western and Eastern treatment modalities, Dr. Gallego looks for instructors and therapists with more than technical proficiency and a photographic recollection of the periodic table. She claims that "there's a quality that comes with being a healer," and she looks for that passion in all her prospective employees, whether they will be performing massages, conducting hypnotherapy sessions, or leading Pilates classes.
Arcayne Salon's amiable nail techs buff away finger flaws with a host of paw-beautifying services. During the basic mani-pedi, keratin stylists shear and shape talons before decluttering cuticles. A moisturizing balm sinks into nail beds while patrons point out their preferred polish color amid a shower of massaging fingers ($20). Under-ankle appendages steep in a balmy bath while piggy pamperers clip and file nails, intermittently massaging legs. A citrus scrub and hydrating lotion unveil feet radiant enough to sport new hues or open-toed combat boots ($35). Guard hard-working digits against chipping with an OPI Axxium Gel System manicure ($50), a roughly 45- to 90-minute treatment enlisting lacquers that last up to two weeks.