The decor at W Salon and Spa—curled chandeliers, furniture upholstered with monochrome prints, and antique-looking wooden bureaus at each styling station—evokes an Enlightenment-era salon steeped in serenity. The literary setting is appropriate since the staff views the venue as a sanctum for the self, where guests can sink into relaxed introspection. With a team that specializes in a number of fields, the spa addresses a sweeping spectrum of services to facilitate such pampered meditation.
A licensed cosmetologist primps complexions with makeup applications and eyelash extensions, and a certified massage therapist calls upon five modalities to put physiques at ease more effectively than a soothing impression of Morgan Freeman narrating a documentary about sloths. Hair- and skincare treatments benefit from Unite and Sonya Dakar products, respectively.
On the spa's medical side, technicians combat wrinkles with Botox injections and curtail unwanted hair growth with carefully aimed laser treatments. The beauticians also host spa parties, accommodating wedding groups and celebrations for expectant mothers as well as birthdays.
Heaven Sent Massage’s experienced muscle soothers uproot tension and discomfort from deep body bunkers with therapeutic massage treatments. Patrons shed shoulder-retained aches and lower back pain caused by improper palanquin lifting with a 60-minute deep-tissue, relaxing, sports, prenatal, or hot-stone massage. The deep-tissue technique employs targeted pressure to banish knots and tension from connective tissues, whereas hot-stone massages utilize warm rocks atop bothersome spots to coax ligaments into relaxed submission. During prenatal massage, healing hands cosset lower backs and shoulders, reducing discomfort from carrying around a bundle of joy and his or her collection of “Mom’s Favorite Child” T-shirts.
Certified massage therapist Erin Warfield Shaffer expresses her belief in holistic approaches to wellness by treating bodies to a detoxifying combination of hands, herbs, and hydrotherapy. Shaffer's four massages range from hot-stone techniques that melt tension in backs to reflexology methods that manipulate the feet in an effort to relieve pain in the rest of the body. She also cleanses bodies with such detoxification rituals as the acupoint session, a massage-like treatment that causes key points in the body to absorb healthy herbs so that clients don't have to sleep on a pile of herb-crusted halibut. The center also concocts custom facials and peels that nourish the skin with hydrotherapy, botanicals rich in Vitamin C, and other organic ingredients.
Tova Galgut of Tova?s Beautique & Wellness Center enlists her triple-threat credentials as a massage therapist, aesthetician, and electrologist to heal and beautify clients from the inside out. The tissue mender uses a slew of massage modalities, from deep-tissue kneads to hand-and-foot reflexology, to create custom massage recipes that fit each of her client?s needs. As an aesthetician, Tova rejuvenates visages with cleansing European facials and acne treatments designed specifically for teenage skin. The beauty purveyor also attacks unwanted fuzz with swift face and body waxings or suggests a more permanent solution in the form of electrolysis, which permanently wards off growing hair no matter the phase of the moon.
Norma Brinker could be called a natural. Starting at a very young age, she honed her skills painting for the fun of it. Today, she brings a wealth of experience and a bag of ideas to her studio, Noric Art & Wellness, where she inspires amateur artists with her passion for painting. During Friday night's BYOB classes, florid brush strokes alternate with delicate sips while Norma instructs students on painting select works of art that she has created and paintings of famous artists on blank canvases. When not teaching art classes, Norma puts her skills as a licensed massage therapist to work by doling out massages, cupping treatments, and reflexology.
Spa director Marie Monet, an industry veteran with more than 30 years of beautification experience, begins each facial with a skin analysis so she can customize treatments to individual skin types. Oxygen facials infuse the skin with oxygen harvested from astronaut suits, inspiring cellular renewal and boosting collagen production, and sunless-tanning sessions cover bodies with DHA-infused Fantasy Tan airbrushing products. Herbal body treatments harness the power of natural botanicals such as seaweed to help slim and detoxify bodies. The herbal cellulite body cleanse blends 27 minerals and herbs to help boost the lymphatic system and facilitate disposal of excess fat cells for slimmer, smoother silhouettes. Massage modalities such as thai massage with acupressure help relax muscles after an afternoon of playing catch with a bowling ball.