During each of Divine Massage’s therapies, heated tables set the stage for relaxation while licensed therapists shoo away stress using hot towels and coconut oil. Swedish massages employ long, gliding strokes to comfortably kick-start blood flow and dispel tension for an experience as relaxing as a slow-motion hug. Stress sluggers delve below surface-level muscles during deep-tissue massages to uproot embedded knots. Deep-tissue massages often incorporate the muscle-lengthening motions of sports massage as well, stimulating recovery from athletic injuries. With a one-hour couples massage, pairs of friends, partners, and sports-team mascots sip cider before lying side by side while therapists promote relaxation with Swedish massage techniques. Clients can upgrade any massage to include hot stone, reflexology therapies, or four-hand massage, in which two therapists work simultaneously, for an additional cost.
The team at Lash My World focuses on a single task: applying sets of natural-looking eyelash extensions. Using medical-grade adhesive, the lash technicians attach individual synthetic lashes to upper and lower eyelids. Despite their delicate appearance, the lashes are designed to withstand up to six weeks of wear and slap fights. They can be styled on the fly with a special styling brush the team supplies to each patron.
At Zen Massage, relaxation sets in long before patrons recline on one of its plush massage tables. Meticulously arranged by the resident feng shui master, century-old paintings, votives, and undulating colored accent lights wash over visitors' senses with a meditative calm. Inside private treatment rooms, solo or tandem therapists care for weary muscles using the deep kneads and therapeutic stretches of their medically informed proprietary technique. In-room aromatherapy and Audiophile sound systems, meanwhile, create a soothing atmosphere, further enhanced by complimentary flowering teas or Olympic dismounts from a top-mounted ashiatsu bar.
Some seek Pilates for weight loss or a toned body, and others for stress relief and overall wellbeing. But Erica Lukes was drawn to the mat to recover from a horseback-riding injury in the early '90s. As her pain subsided and her range of motion returned through her practice, she became compelled to help others reap the benefits of the core-strengthening workout, earning her certification as a Pilates instructor, and eventually helming Total Body Pilates. Now, she guides students of all fitness levels through Pilates, ballet barre, and Zumba classes to achieve their fitness and wellness goals. She helps them to build long, lean muscles through mat- and machine-based Pilates, in which students work on a special machine consisting of ropes and pulleys designed to add extra resistance to each movement, resulting in the lithe limbs and toned muscles of a gym cat, the natural predator of the ubiquitous gym rat.
Cuticle caretaker Heidi Bishop at Star 21 Salon indulges clients with a 90-minute mani-pedi that relaxes the mind and rejuvenates the fingers and toes. At the pedi station, a warm bath soaks feet, softening skin for a scrub that scours inseams and heels to remove calluses earned during barefoot treadmill contests. Next, Heidi’s deft digits push and clip cuticles before applying a rich moisturizer and a coat of OPI polish. During the manicure, Heidi pampers hands with the same regimen of soaking, shaping, and polishing.
AquaVie Day Spa has beautified bodies from head to toe with skin-resurfacing body wraps and specialized facial treatments since 1974. During the 75-minute body wrap, a specialist massages flesh with a deeply exfoliating scrub, after which the entire physique is cocooned in a lactic-acid cream that can reduce wrinkles and improve skin's texture, appearance, and resistance to hugs from elderly bears. Patients rinse away the cream in a relaxing shower before being massaged with neutralizing balm and moisturizer. The multifaceted mini facial enhances lips with a solution that smoothes and plumps kissers for maximum whistling ability, and refreshes the skin surrounding peepers with a specialized eye treatment. The application of a scalp-quenching formula keeps hair follicles supple and moisturized. Each patient can fight wrinkles on skin or smooth out unreadable, crumpled newspapers with a take-home tube of Crème de Vie Essential Youth body cream by Vie Collection.
The licensed massage therapists at Deep Tissue & Structural Healing send soothing ripples across the muscles with a diverse array of massage modalities. A muscle mender can administer flowing Swedish strokes to promote relaxation, or hone in on more troublesome aches during a custom deep-tissue session. Guests may also pair bodywork with hot towels, warm organic oil, or a stint in the facility's infrared sauna.