Elements of Massage & Integrated Therapy’s experienced massage therapists loosen uptight muscles, utilizing a diverse repertoire of massage techniques to restore worn-out soul sacks to radiance. Inside the tranquil studio flooded with natural light, visitors recline on plush padded massage tables and unwind during a one-hour massage in their chosen style. A Swedish massage ($50–$65) takes aim at sky-high stress levels and achy muscles, employing gentle strokes to loosen up limbs, and deep-tissue massage ($50–$65) manipulates sore sinews with the unhurried and persistent pressure of rush-hour traffic with a much more desirable result. A sports massage ($50–$65) enhances athletic performance and speeds along recovery by promoting circulation, relaxing over-worked physiques, and limbering limbs for the next marathon or grueling chess-to-the-death match. Bamboo-fusion massage ($75) incorporates warmed shoots, rattan tools, and sensational essential-oil blends in careful rhythmic strokes, and a hot-stone session ($85) rubs comfortably warm, rounded rocks over the body for a stress-melting experience. After a corporeal rejuvenation, freshly limbered visitors collect a gift basket (a $45 value) stuffed full of bath salts, lotions, shower gels, and body scrubs ideal for a home spa day or treating the bathtub to a well-deserved solo soak.
He’s a massage therapist. She’s an aesthetician. Together, Richard and Anna Isenhour helm Body Arts Day Spa, where they treat clients to an extensive list of relaxation and beauty services. Anna conscripts an army of all-natural Bioelements products as she resurfaces skin with alpha-hydroxy peels, kills acne-producing bacteria, and frees men’s pores from ingrown hairs and lost golf balls. A soothing aromatherapy wrap envelops clients in an energizing antibacterial cocoon, and a blend of sea salt and powdered herbs exfoliates skin from head to toe. In the massage room, Richard sings tactile lullabies to tired muscles along with a chorus of nearly a dozen modalities, from soothing Swedish and hot-stone therapies to injury-specific sports and therapeutic massage. The duo also dispenses cosmetic services, including manicures and pedicures topped off with french-style polish, and full makeup applications and lessons.
Simple Indulgence Day Spa’s skilled digit doctors rejuvenate hands and polish away dullness during the approximately 30- to 40-minute Shellac manicures and moisturizing pedicures. Phalange-fixers first trim cuticles and shape and buff nails before coating finger hats in hearty Shellac polish, which imparts an impressive shine that necessitates zero dry time and is more durable than standard polish. For up to 14 days, the Shellac formula fights off dings and nicks caused by everyday activities such as typing or cleaning dishes with a power washer. Technicians also pamper toes, exfoliating legs and feet with a custom salt scrub before hydrating skin during a moisturizing foot massage and topping tootsies in regular polish. As an added bonus, on their next visit, patrons can take $10 off any of Simple Indulgence Day Spa’s other services, which include five types of massage, whirlpool-jet pedicures, and an impressive lineup of spa facials.
Whether she’s soothing muscles with the gliding strokes of a Swedish massage, laying warm stones on the skin, or applying pressure to trigger points, Christella Gonsorcik adapts her kneading to meet the needs of each stressed or aching client she sees. In addition to her hands-on massages, Christella balances energy with reiki, a relaxing polarity treatment that rejuvenates clients while they are still dressed in their clothes or astronaut suits. Her skill with rejuvenation also extends into the body’s more superficial layers. Herbal body wraps are available to oust toxins and tone skin, and facials, like a manatee’s birthday cake, incorporate sugar, salt, and seaweed mud.
Voted the 2011 Auburn Chamber of Commerce's Best Salon/Day Spa, Teree Salon & Spa retains local loyalty by beautifying and calming clients within tranquil surrounds. Teree's team—lead by licensed aesthetician and registered nurse Theary Jyringi—crafts new coifs, adds color to strands, or tames curls using Ouidad products at chic styling stations that each feature a floor-length mirror. Licensed massage therapists and wax experts impart their services in private treatments rooms, and nail techs man black leather pedicure thrones to add color and shine to high-fives and thumb wars.
Licensed massage therapist Lourdes McAlexander uses light-to-deep pressure to promote healing and relaxation throughout the body. The light kneading and warm friction of the Swedish massage release muscle tension, while hot-stone therapy glides heated stones over muscles to promote blood flow and melt stress into a gooey puddle. Expectant mothers gain release from swelling and cramping during the pregnancy massage, and athletes can prevent injury through the sports massage or by wearing the most advanced helmet during tennis matches. While undergoing a body mollycoddling, clients can enjoy the sights of abundant and verdant plants inside treatment rooms, as well as grayish purple walls that can ameliorate boredom of white and taupe room dividers.