When Elle ? A Clinical Day Spa first opened in 1997, its therapists specialized exclusively in massage. But soon, they saw that what the average guest needed most was not a standalone massage appointment, but an immersive, multifaceted experience that could undo the stress that bombards them on a daily basis. Owners Leigh Shaw and Polly Tabares, who have experience in the spa industry and the fields of dermatology and plastic surgery, rethought their approach and expanded their services into both traditional spa therapies and med-spa treatments.
Today, Leigh and Polly oversee everything from body wraps and facials to Botox injections and prescription skincare. They also maintain a stash of products for at-home care, stocking lines such as Dermalogica and bareMinerals by Bare Escentuals. For frequent guests, they coordinate VIP memberships that offer perks such as service discounts and massages that harness the rejuvenating power of phoenix tears.
Licensed massage therapist Phoenix Alexander understands that massages are about more than pampering. With more than 20 years of experience giving clinical massages to help clients overcome injuries, even her luxurious spa massages help unwind muscle knots, release tension, and remove stuck-on stethoscopes. Her specialty modalities include reflexology and craniosacral therapy—two styles that help reinvigorate the body’s natural healing abilities. But massage isn’t all that Phoenix offers; she also enhances outer well-being with noninvasive massage face-lifts, herbal body wraps, and glacial-marine-mud masks.
Stress settles deep into the muscles; it becomes back pain, headaches, and eventually full-on spasms. That’s why licensed massage therapist Jennifer offers massages with varying degrees of pressure, ranging from relaxing Swedish strokes to firm, deep-tissue kneading. Jennifer also welcomes clients to peruse her line of handcrafted children’s blankets, soaps, and candles, ideal to decorate a home or World War III panic room.
Ciana Hilton-Farmer may be a licensed massage therapist, but she has more up her sleeve than soothing kneads. She's also a certified aromatherapist, and she uses her knowledge of scents to create a relaxing olfactory palette for her clients to enjoy during each massage. Because her training has taken her everywhere from medical spas to chiropractic offices, Ciana can devise a treatment for nearly every kind of ache or pain.
Guests at The Wellness Sanctuary get more than just a massage. Within the spa's homey confines, thoughtful, caring practitioners also relieve pain and illness with reiki, crystal gemstone therapy, nutritional coaching, and other holistic services. With advance notice, they can even arrange for childcare at Puddlejumpers down the block, enhancing the spa's atmosphere of tranquility by easing parents' cares and worries. The Wellness Sanctuary is open seven days a week, and offers online scheduling, all to ensure that clients can fit soothing services into their itineraries. Their overall goal is to promote wellness and help clients achieve healthier lifestyles through the power of touch and holistic approaches.
Inside Little Red Dress Salon, the licensed massage therapist of Beautiful Health Massage draws on seven years of experience in order to bring clients relief. Her deep-tissue massages soothe tendons, ligaments, and joints that have constricted because of polka dancing too forcefully, while gentle Swedish massages calm nervous systems and induce a sense of well-being. View a full list of techniques here.