Hanging lamps throw flickers of amber light onto the dark walls of Tea Spa's lobby, a tranquil cove that foreshadows the pampering performed beyond the front room. The spa's licensed massage therapists use essential oils, aromatic foot rubs, and hot towels during bodywork treatments such as a signature massage. Clients can also use their brief reprieve from the harshly lit outside world to nourish skin with a vitamin-infused facial or to decompress in the infrared sauna and bid adieu to toxins before they have a chance to settle in and wire the body for basic cable.
Super Spa's amiable nail pros refine phalanges with long-lasting gel manicures and relaxing pedicures. During the one-hour appointment, staff members shape nails and cuticles before fortifying finger fronts with the Axxium gel system by OPI, which lasts chip-free for up to 14 days and then soaks off in minutes. Digits can gleam with vivid blues and deep magentas or attract flower bushes by dressing in rosy hues. Feet get in on the pampering during a soothing pedicure that exfoliates and softens skin before technicians daub nail beds with a coat of shiny polish, adding a splash of color to open-toed heels or plastic-wrap socks.
The certified professionals at Alight Spa believe that spa treatments should rejuvenate guests by nourishing their mind and spirit, in addition to their body. The staff soothes all three by relieving stress, diminishing headaches, and boosting circulation with massage styles, such as Swedish, deep tissue, and scalp. The spa's steam-sauna sessions detoxify bodies and hydrate skin, and body wraps slim and soften clients with mixtures of herbs and minerals. Skin undergoes more reinvigoration with facials and chemical peels, during which cleansings, massages, and moisturizers clear up acne, even out pigmentation, and reduce wrinkles. The staff administers each procedure with a stock of professional products from brand-name manufacturers, such as Dermalogica, whose wares are also available for purchase.
Everything at Little Oasis is natural or organic—right down to the sheets and towels. That’s because Nhan Fitzpatrick has learned from her 13 years of spa experience that quality products—like those from Bioelements and Spa Technologies—make all the difference. But an all-natural focus doesn’t mean Fitzpatrick keeps Little Oasis Day Spa low-tech; she relies on state-of-the-art equipment, including a temperature-controlled treatment bed and an ultra-violent skin scanner. Fitzpatrick uses the scanner before every treatment to determine the best plan of attack for acne, rosacea, or age spots.
The spa’s treatments run the gamut from oxygen facials to Indian methods of body detoxification. Waxing services draw on natural Lycon wax, which is infused with aromatherapy oils to ward off irritation and lull follicles to sleep before they can fight back.
The trickling sounds of a koi pond provide the soundtrack to the walk through a stone-paved garden blooming with lilacs, giving clients a taste of blissful relaxation before they even step foot inside the spa. The oasis itself, a calming space flanked by sand-colored walls and sky-blue ceilings, tempers moods during each indulgent service.
An oasis is a retreat from the everyday, a safe haven from stress and negativity. The therapists at Enomis Oasis Spa strive to cultivate a similarly serene environment and invite their clients to enjoy pampering treatments in a state of complete relaxation. Detoxification services, such as colonics, ionic footbaths, and steam baths, work to deport impurities from this republic of respite, whereas acupuncture, reiki, and reflexology help keep energy levels balanced.
Owner Jung Kim melds a license in acupuncture and certification in massage therapy to ease clients’ pain. Kim and the rest staff also use herb mixtures and shiatsu care to relieve fatigue, headaches, insomnia, chronic pain, and sports injuries.
Blueberry Gardens' seasoned instructors cultivate whole-body health with a schedule of multi-level classes inspired by ParaYoga, Anusara, and body-balance methods. A composite of breath and movement, ParaYoga challenges students to prod the body's upper limits of flexibility and strength through vigorous postures such as downward dog, dolphin plank, and recumbent Andrew Carnegie. Fueled by an uplifting philosophy, Anusara yoga encourages students to honor their differences, limitations, and talents, and body-balance yoga integrates the body and mind through asanas inspired by Protean animorphs. Each 90-minute class includes mats and props and, if missed, can be substituted in any of the other summer sessions.