Licensed massage therapist Liz works to help clients heal and relax under her experienced hands. She offers Swedish massage, which unwinds tight muscles with gentle, long strokes, as well as infant and child massages for kids who have ADHD or simply need a calming touch. Body wraps and facials are also on her menu of services.
Under the direction of Ironman triathlete and owner Kyle Amsdell, Euphoria Health and Fitness's staff of certified trainers and instructors push guests toward tougher physiques by filling their sleek facility with strength-training equipment, free weights, and cardio machines, as well as helming a variety of group fitness and boot-camp classes. They encourage students to vigorously pedal their way toward toned gams and cardboard cutouts of celebrities with open arms in Turbo Spinning courses, and lead fun, dance-inspired workouts in Zumba. A seasoned instructor fights muscle boredom by having students alternate between bikes and solid ground during Kyle's Cycle Strength class, which pairs intervals of spinning with dynamic studio workouts such as jumping plyometrics, kenpo karate, and free-weight lifts. During rigorous boot-camp classes, they'll guide students of all abilities through high-intensity exercises that hone both muscular and cardiovascular strength, as well as track student improvement with before-and-after physical assessments.
At Tanya's Infinite Touch, the massage therapists call upon experience and training as they send clients on blissful breaks from mild aches and pains. Treatments such as the Swedish massage blend long strokes with gliding movements to sweep stress into the ether. In contrast, the couples massage grants friends, partners, or two-man street-paving crews the chance to relax and rejuvenate, together.
Three times a week, Just U Relax's owner and principal massage therapist paid a 90-minute visit to one of her favorite clients, an elderly Italian woman who could barely speak a word of English. One day after a visit, the woman's daughter called and asked the massage therapist if she could come back again right away, saying her mother was not doing well. She arrived and set to work massaging her client's body, much of which had collapsed inward from a previous stroke. But instead of seeing the usual results, such as the woman's hands relaxing for a short time before tightening back into a bound position, the massage therapist saw her client maintain her peaceful composure. Then, this elderly Italian woman who could speak little English, let alone speak at all due to the effects of her stroke and Alzheimer's disease, looked at her massage therapist and said with perfect clarity, "Thank you." The woman's daughter called later, saying her mother died that evening, and that she wanted to say thank you for giving her mother such comfort before she passed. It was that moment that made the massage therapist realize she knew she could help people.
Raised by a cardiologist, the future owner of Just U Relax and her brother made a pact to go to medical school together, but when she found herself disenchanted by clinical environments and desiring a more hands-on approach to patient care, she explored massage therapy. Today, she and her team of licensed massage therapists at Just U Relax assess posture, gait, and occupational stress to customize bodywork for each client. The staff sees to guests' comfort in a variety of ways, including giving visitors warm robes and plush slippers, using massage tables with triple-cotton-padded tops, and playing relaxing music as aromatherapy wafts between rooms. Therapists also offer clients snacks such as fruit smoothies and granola bars. Additionally, each therapist is required to undergo at least three hours of training each month to learn new massage techniques and stay sharp.
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.