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Shanthy Jayakumar prescribed many medicines during the nine years she worked as a medical consultant for Mother Teresa Medicare in Sri Lanka, but you'd be hard pressed to find any of them in a typical drugstore. That's because her prescriptions consist of herbs, holistic therapies, and even certain types of food. According to Shanthy, many patients initially come to Harisa Massage Therapy & Ayurvedic Wellness Center for Western-style massages or organic facials, but return for the Ayurvedic medicine that she introduces to them.

Treatments such as herbal nasal cleansing absolve the body of physical impurities, and relaxing Shirodhara head massages quiet inner monologues or AM radio signals as a slow drizzle of heated oil drips onto the forehead. Panchakarma therapy cleanses the three Ayurvedic systems that govern the body by combining healing massage therapy with internal cleansing induced by carefully selected herbs.

466 Niagara Falls Boulevard
Buffalo,
NY
US

Knowledge is power, especially when it comes to physical health. Doctor of Chiropractic Christina Trzaska helps patients take control of their health by sharing her knowledge. She educates her clients while performing a variety of healing techniques, including drop-table adjustments, kinesiology taping, and Graston-technique massages, which incorporate smooth stainless-steel instruments to create a cross-friction movement across the soft tissues. Dr. Trzaska's practice also has elements of a spa; clients can relax in a Himalayan-salt infrared sauna, for example.

2625 Delaware Ave
Buffalo,
NY
US

After moving to Buffalo, Nece Bellomo found herself returning to a passion she had first discovered in her homeland of Brazil: styling hair. “I just like to make people happy, to make them beautiful,” she says, recounting how she embarked on a whirlwind of education with hair mavens from Paul Mitchell and Rusk. Seven years ago, after only six years working in other people's salons, a devoted clientele motivated Nece to open her own salon and spa.

Drawing on a sleek New York aesthetic for inspiration, Nece and her daughter—a Goldwell-educated stylist and coworker—decorated the space in blacks, whites, and silvers and hung mirrors with ornate scrollwork frames to reflect back their clients' masterful coiffures. Although Nece is drawn to modern styles and keeps abreast of the latest coloring techniques and trends, she and her team focus on shearing ’dos that suit their clients’ face shapes, preferences, and inspiration from their favorite Bjork album.

In addition to pampering tresses, the salon and spa also enhances nails with chip-resistant Gelish polish, lavishes feet with scrubs and pedicures, and waxes away unwanted body fuzz.

6153 S Park Ave
Hamburg,
NY
US

The treatments offered at Inner Health & Wellness are aimed at slimming the physique and dropping excess pounds. Infrared-sauna sessions and full-body wraps banish the toxins associated with cellulite, and noninvasive Lipo-Light treatments take aim at subcutaneous fat deposits at the cellular level. Weight-loss programs incorporate data gathered during biometric testing to address individualized issues such as hormone imbalances and drained batteries. Technicians discuss these findings during one-on-one consultations, shedding light on lifestyle habits and advising clients on healthful changes.

4764 North French Road
East Amherst,
NY
US

Steamul Sauna helps weary patrons unwind with a variety of traditional sauna and steam rooms that rejuvenate and revive bodies. The wood-panelled Finnish sauna activates the body’s most potent biological toxin bouncer, perspiration, to expel harmful agents from their subcutaneous lairs, and the Turkish steam room promotes relaxation and eases stress as it envelops frames in a balmy fog. A traditional Russian banya employs Slavic savvy and restorative heat to peel away layers of tension like a nesting-doll dismantler, hot-wiring sluggish circulations and leaving torsos calm and carefree. Patrons can replenish depleted sweat reserves with chalices of filtered drinking water and herbal teas supplied by Steamul Sauna, and complimentary bathrobes and towels keep exhibitionist belly buttons under lock and key.

1310 Dundas Street East
Mississauga,
ON
CA

Most Popular Service: Hot stone [and] deep-tissue massage, reflexology

Reservations/Appointments: Required

Established: 2011

Staff Size: 2?10 people

Parking: Parking lot

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Rapha Rehab's therapists combine the disciplines of physiotherapy, chiropractic, acupuncture, and massage into cohesive treatments for clients. After providing clients with a cup of hot coffee or tea, the staff leads them to private treatments rooms. Here, therapists work to relieve tension and pain through massages, which may use natural and ayurvedic oils to reduce friction between the therapists gliding fingers and the client's skin. The wellness experts also help rehab injuries and treat conditions such as chronic bronchitis, IBS, and multiple sclerosis.

The staffers may have clients take advantage of Rapha Rehab's air-therapy rooms and its recreation area, which boasts a variety of weights and cardiovascular equipment. Plus, they can outfit clients with orthotic shoes, inserts, and even prosthetics.

60 Dundas Street East
Mississauga,
ON
CA