Since the beginning of time, massage's many benefits have been no secret. Phil at New Beginnings Massage aspires to blend ancient and contemporary techniques to tend to each client's unique needs—whether he is relieving clients' stress or aches caused by fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis, or thinking about math. Phil's methods—from deep-tissue massage's targeted tissue manipulation to trigger-point therapy's unlacing of knotty nerve centers—are as varied as the illnesses he treats.
Massage therapist Brenda Ghantous believes her hands are much more than mere body parts. "They are my art brush, my musical instrument, and my expression of love," she explains. Ghantous has channeled her lifelong love for people into a career in massage therapy. Through her varied kneading techniques, she helps her clients release stress, reduce muscle aches, and reconnect with themselves more naturally than mailing themselves a copy of the holiday newsletter detailing their year's highlights.
The warm, earthy tones of Inner Peace Center swaddle clients with a sense of tranquility that permeates the on-site Thai reflexology room, yoga studio, and nail stations. The staff handpicks a variety of high-end products?from the organic, biodynamic, and botanical-based ?minence skincare products to the vegan, formaldehyde-free nailcare products from SpaRitual. They also use Premierlash eyelash extensions crafted from 100% cruelty-free mink fur or nylon-based materials.
Going below the surface, Inner Peace Center indulges guests with spiritual services administered by a Reiki master, hypnotherapist, yoga instructor, holistic life coach, and clairvoyant. The retired nurse who oversees and performs these services aims to assist clients in navigating their life path, demagnetizing the needle of anyone?s internal compass.
GG Massage Studio's friendly massage therapist will strategically arrange gently heated, smooth-basalt lava stones on key energy points of your body to deliver a comfortable warmth that drains away tension and brings your muscles to the optimal stress-exorcism temperature. At the same time, skilled hands work warmed oils deeply into your skin, which causes the lymphatic system to flow at an increased rate, which causes your immune system to strengthen and your circulatory system to refresh, which causes your smiling muscles to flex, which causes your dreamboat movie star to fall in love with you, which causes your life to become a paparazzi gold mine, which seems incredibly unlikely yet, at the same time, highly plausible.
When owner Giovanni Finocchiaro picked up the phone at Face It Spa, he heard one of his clients sobbing. She had been preparing for a presentation at work, and in the process, her skin had broken out so badly that Finocchiaro recalls her lamenting, "I just can't do it. I have to see you." Finocchiaro, who once dreamed of being a counselor, told her to come in immediately. "When you help people look better on the outside, it really does make them feel better inward, too," he says. When his distraught client arrived, he tailored a peel for her sensitive skin that helped kill bacteria and calm inflammation. Within a few days, he says, "she couldn't believe … how [her complexion] was already turning around."
Inside his recently remodeled boutique, Finocchiaro caters to each of his clients in the same way. He offers them complimentary water or tea before leading them across dark hardwood floors to a candlelit treatment room. After cleansing their face, he uses a lighted magnifier to analyze their skin type, then employs PCA products and a wide arsenal of customizable facial treatments to help them reach specific beauty goals or the center of the Earth.
Enlighten Spa's personalized massages lie somewhere on the treatment spectrum between the deep-tissue and Swedish modalities. Of course, the specific techniques employed by therapists depend on what issues are troubling each individual client, such as stress or pain. The staff's expertise also extends to nailcare and body treatments, including eyelash extensions, waxing, and detoxifying wraps.