Touch of Essence Massage Studio's hot-stone back-therapy massage calms, refreshes, and heals in a tranquil, contemporary setting. Each massage begins with a personal consultation in which clients can express questions and concerns or recite the original poetry that has been languishing in their desk drawers. Then the experienced hands of a trained and licensed masseuse detangle knotted muscles using smooth, heated stones, adjusting pressure according to each client’s preference. The stones may be used as massage tools or placed at key points on the body to ease aches and pains, expel toxins from the body, or create connect-the-dots body art. As muscles loosen, circulation improves, and tension and stress held in the back drift off into the ether.
Kim Brillon earned her license as a practical nurse in 1981, and in the ensuing decades she gained a comprehensive understanding of physical injuries and their symptoms. This understanding gradually led her to eschew pharmaceuticals in favor of holistic massage therapy. Today, as a licensed massage therapist, reiki healer, and integrated energy therapist, Brillon kneads out stresses and aches with techniques tailored to her individual clients. With gentle strokes, firm pressures, and stones that melt tension faster than the sun’s indistinguishable supply of wax candles, she encourages clients to better communicate with their bodies.
Licensed massage therapist Janine Ertel-Graziano pampers her clients with Swedish massages and hot-stone therapy. Additional treatments include prenatal massage, reflexology, and professional birth doula services for physical and emotional support for mothers before, during, and after birth.
Today's Groupon is perfect for people who love a good massage but hate how, unlike pie, they can't take any of it home with them. For $39, you get a one-hour therapeutic massage (a $70 value) plus one Warm Hugs corn pillow ($8) at Keep in Touch Massage. This Groupon can only be used at Keep In Touch's Uptown location, which employs a staff of 18 professionally trained massage therapists and operates seven massage rooms, making it a perfect rest stop for frazzled holiday shoppers and neighborhood girls weary from years of fending off Billy Joel.Follow @Groupon_Says on Twitter.
The talented nail technicians at Birgit's Hair & Skin revamp scraggy digits and torn-up toes with relaxing nail services enhanced by high-quality OPI polish. The classic manicure hydrates hands with a warm paraffin dip add-on ($6 value) before filing and shaping nails, and sends off pampered appendages with a professional polish (a $20 value). During the signature pedicure, feet swim through the frothy spumes of a whirlpool bath inhabited by foaming sea rocks and rubber duckies, and can choose from three decadent foot treatments: cooling aloe stress relief, warming enzymatic sea-mud mask, or invigorating peppermint sea twist. The opulent pedicure exfoliates and massages appendages, trims and primps toenails, and applies a long-lasting coat of polish (a $42 value). The entire service lasts approximately one hour—about the same amount of time the average person spends tying their shoelaces each day.
High-school pals Andrea Veres and Christina Yeates drew inspiration from their own friendship when they opened The Waxing Studio & Spa in 2006, treating skin with the same care they give each other. Their approach is low-tech and gentle, and the airy spa's sleek, black-and-robin's-egg-blue rooms stay chic and tidy with nontoxic, earth-friendly cleaners. Light streams into the quiet massage rooms, where therapists demonstrate camaraderie during tandem and couples massages, before showing commitment to the earth by laundering towels in high-efficiency machines.
Aestheticians gently balance complexions with bronze scales and Hungarian skincare products from Szép Elét, an organic line rich in active ingredients and aromatic botanicals. The Waxing Studio & Spa’s defuzzing specialists created a stage between a traditional bikini wax and a Brazilian—jokingly dubbed the "B.I.T." or Brazilian In Training—to ease women into skimpier swimsuits without cutting support for bacon consumption, and eyebrow specialists will shape arches for men and women with tweezers or the ancient art of threading.
To support their community, the staff invites local vendors to display their handmade jewelry, paintings, and purses in the boutique alongside Szép Elét tonics to take home.