The family that owns Bella Mia Spa has been pampering clients for 22 years, so they know a thing or two about helping people to relax. Within the cozy, Tuscan-themed space, staffers perform treatments that soothe both body and mind, using fragrant ingredients such as a lavender foot soak or seasonally scented facial products. They enhance physical and mental wellbeing with hot-stone massages or reflexology sessions, and promote detoxification with warm, herbal body wraps.
A small, green topiary, a cherub-like statue, and a water fountain set a tranquil tone as they greet guests near the entrance. Stone accents along the walls create an ambiance reminiscent of old-world Italy or the Alpine quarry where yodeling was invented.
Certified massage therapist and posturist Robert Macaraeg deals with more than just tense muscles. Though his nimble fingers and firm hands are quite capable of kneading out stubborn kinks, he draws upon his understanding of the human form to help clients walk tall and live free of posture-related pains. To accomplish this, he combines manual muscle work with strategic stretches that squeeze out toxins and retrain the muscles, teaching them to keep the body upright during long periods of sitting or marathon planking matches.
Bowenwork is a soft-tissue technique that utilizes firm pressure to reduce inflammation, decrease tension, and increase blood flow. The treatment is appropriate for people of all ages, from newborn babies to senile pharaohs. At The Body Clinic, Bowen practitioner Suzette Lake mends muscles and helps her clients achieve a higher quality of life through 90-minute sessions. The appointment begins with a little paperwork before clients are asked to remove shoes, glasses, stow-away cockleburs, and jewelry. Lying fully clothed on a massage table, patients will encounter Suzette’s experienced hands as they smoothly traverse muscles, tendons, and nerves in an effort to halt the assembly lines of the body’s stress factory. Throughout the session, 2- to 10-minute massage-less intervals will occur, giving patients some time to contemplate the healing hand movements.
Majestic Massage for Wellness' owner, Tamara, continually studies and retrains herself in new therapy modalities that calm aches of both the flesh and spirit. This drive to attain a complete understanding of holistic healing is a product of a 15-year career in health-care work as well as studies at the Japanese Massage and Bodywork Institute and the A Diamond Holistic Massage Institute. She utilizes her vast knowledge of soothing techniques to perform unique services that enhance traditional massage and improve long-term health.
These treatments capture a range of eastern and western techniques including reiki energy healing enhanced with Tibetan bells and raindrop therapy to fight inflammation along spines or drought-stricken fields. Beyond individual sessions, Majestic Massage also imparts deft touch required to heal oneself and others through reiki classes and couples' massage lessons.
Whenever new clients enter Renew Face & Body Wellness, owner Penny Christie greets them with a smile and then just listens. It's only after she fully understands their goals that the aesthetician and massage therapist starts to work on a custom plan for treatment, which might incorporate facials or massage modalities such as hot stone. A certified prenatal therapist and mother of five, Christie also designs facials and massages for expectant mothers, which address many of the changes in the skin and body that can accompany pregnancy. During the A Star Is Born prenatal massage, her signature treatment, she kneads sore muscles and loose joints as clients lie face-down on a special table that supports the baby and all of his or her prenatal furniture.
How does one start a skincare business with no equipment, products, or money? Kim Evans found herself in that predicament when she started her business immediately after passing the state boards. With nothing but faith and a strong work ethic, she began tending to her clients' skin needs inside a rented room of a small spa. She worked 80 hours per week and became a licensed massage therapist to expand her business into what it is today: a wellness spa that enhances the beauty and health of skin and body through spa services and massage. Inside 2Gorjis Integrated Health & Wellness, three private treatment rooms house clients as two skin therapists cleanse surfaces during custom facials, or wrap bodies in aromatherapy herbal linens. The staff members bolster natural features with eyelash extensions, meticulous body waxing, and makeup artistry that includes exclamation points drawn next to eyebrows.