Albert Johnson leads the team of massage therapists at Turtles Massage and Wellness Studio. The team performs custom therapeutic bodywork, including circulation-inducing Swedish strokes and firm kneads that sideline muscle tension. Once sinews are loosened, guests can join high-energy dance-inspired Zumba classes, one of the downtown studio's other offerings.
Sugar Salon & Spa is a full-service salon located in Cleveland’s historic Warehouse District neighborhood. The stylists here specialize in multicultural hair, offering haircuts and styles, coloring, and extensions—all with the goal of echoing the rustic and revived atmosphere of the Warehouse District neighborhood. In addition to hair services, Sugar Salon also features waxing, mani-pedis, and leg and arm hot-stone massages.
Carlitta's Day Spa offers a panoply of pampering services, from styling to skincare, from massages with organic oils to mani-pedis with Shellac polish. Staffers give preference to vegan and paraben- and gluten-free products in their treatments, drawing on a wide range of lines from renowned brands such as Paul Mitchell, CND, OPI, and Kenra. Carlitta's also considers itself a holistic-healing facility, offering such treatments as foot reflexology. Whatever the service, the day spa makes a point to suit the needs of every member of the family from couples massages for mom and dad to haircuts for the kids.
Candles flicker inside the marble fireplace, sending droplets of light into the colonial revival–style home, built in the 1920s, that houses Quintana’s Barber & Dream Spa. Hardwood floors and tan leather seating compose a warm color palette, and WiFi—installed by the ghost of the original architect—keeps busy guests connected. After appointment reminders land in their email inboxes, clients step into the earth-toned sanctuary for services ranging from basic mani-pedis and beard trims to all-day spa excursions. Guests pluck from a menu of massages, facials, waxing, and haircare, and such treatments are combined in packages for individuals and couples.
Quintana's soothing sanctuary doesn't just speak for itself. Patrons banded together to vote the salon into CityVoter's top five for Best Barber in 2009 and Best Manicure and Pedicure in 2009 and 2010. The spa's acclaim page also spotlights press recognition of Friendliest Staff, Best-Looking Storefront, and Most Helpful Combs.
At Zen Gardens Massage, the massage therapists alleviate aches and tension with Swedish, deep-tissue, and reflexology techniques. To complement the massage kneads, they can incorporate soothing tools such as hot stones, hot bamboo, mud wraps, or organic aromatherapy oils, which help make the room smell as good as an aromatherapist's lab. For clients who can't make it to the studio, Zen Gardens Massages provides mobile massage therapy at offices and hotel rooms.
Telisha, the licensed massage therapist behind Touches by Telisha, relaxes clients with the simple art of human touch. She has visitors recline onto a table or sit into a chair, using the light pressure of Swedish massage or the targeted force of deep-tissue massage to relax muscles. While she works, she keeps in the mind the shape of the body's fascia—the sticky connective tissue holding muscles and organs in place that some scientists call gross body tape. By anchoring the fascia in certain places and stretching it others, she can, over time, improve posture and relieve symptoms of chronic pain.
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 1 person
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular service: relaxation massage
Brands Used: Bon Vital' and Lotus Touch All Organic