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.
Sarah and Crystal, two stylists at Glamour Extensions, focus on a single task: applying sets of natural-looking eyelash extensions. Using medical-grade adhesive, they 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.
Zen Massage's trained therapists relax patients' taut tendons, putting bodies and minds at ease. Visitors can lie back and drift away on a 30-minute Silver Cloud massage, feeling the bed's jade rollers warm tendons, dissipate bodily tension, and create a low-pressure system in the brain (a $20 value). A massage therapist then soothes backs with experienced knuckles and palms in the 30-minute Quick Fix massage (a $49 value). After the massage restores skeletons to their naturally upright form, patients emerge with spines as straight as the horizon and faces beaming bright as a lighthouse.
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's bevy of head-to-toe services call upon the buoying minerals of the sea to rejuvenate and revive nonamphibious bodies treading life's murky waters. A 45-minute spa manicure scrubs, soaks, rubs, and cloaks hands according to personal preference with a range of options, such as the soothing lavender bliss or the time-snubbing ageless treatment ($35). Guest can opt to keep follicular gardens free of unwanted weeds with waxing for lips ($12), brows ($14), bikini lines ($20), and more, and an eyelash tint dyes ocular frames to match a new hair hue or cell-phone cover ($20). Big spenders can also apply the value of this Groupon toward a pricier service, such as a 75-minute AquaVie facial experience, which flushes out spirit-badgering toxins and impurities with a customized deep cleansing, mask, and more ($75).