Like all good relationships, the bonds between Market Square Wellness Center's practitioners and their clients start with great communication. Recognizing that patients' wellness needs and desires can change from day today, they start each session with an in-depth conversation. Its course helps practitioners customize acupuncture and massage treatments and have something to talk about if they run into clients in the supermarket.
For relaxation, the massage therapists rely on the flowing strokes of Swedish massage. To address muscle damage or injuries such as whiplash, they employ deep-tissue techniques or craniosacral therapy, a series of ultralight touches designed to release restrictions in soft tissues that affect the central nervous system. Acupuncture, among other traditional Chinese healing techniques, aims to rebalance the body by stimulating precise points along energy pathways.
Market Square Wellness Center's team might also point clients in the direction of an infrared sauna. The sauna's warming rays help clients immediately relax and may relieve pain, detoxify the body, and clear skin.
Amid NOVA—Natural Organic Vital Anti-Aging—Spa's warm saffron-and-gold color scheme, wood floors, and Far Eastern art and pottery, its licensed aestheticians accomplish pampering skincare services. They smooth faces using nonsurgical face-lifts, and licensed massage therapists foster tranquility with Swedish and deep-tissue bodywork. Pain-relieving and skin-rejuvenating steam therapy rounds out the spa's indulgent treatments.
Products by brands such as Pharmagel, Aquage, Sexy Hair, Moroccanoil, Vavoom, and Essentials jump into clients' hair and hands at Lakeside Hair Boutique and Day Spa. That's because the stylists use them during hair services, but also make them available for sale in the boutique. It's not just high-end products that refresh guests, though. It's also the facials, hair extensions that last up to one year, soothing massages, and luxurious manicures and pedicures. So, in addition to stylists who re-imagine hair-scapes by using Japanese hair-straightening techniques, nail technicians host clients in cozy black leather thrones during mani-pedis. The latter might involve shiny shellac gels that last for up to two weeks without chipping or fading. Elsewhere—in private rooms—massage therapists work away knots and pent-up stress. Their methods include specialized Swedish, deep-tissue, hot stone, and aromatherapy massages, as well as just playing a tambourine on your back.
With its tufted couches, lavender walls, sweeping staircase, and mirrors in ornate wooden frames, Fifth Harmony Day Spa at Avon offsets its modern treatments with Victorian-style touches. Inside softly lit rooms, massage therapists deeply knead stubborn knots and glide hot stones over tense backs. Other rooms host aestheticians who clarify clients’ pores and use wax to eliminate unwanted leg hair or forehead horns. The spa also carves out a nook for its own health-focused bistro, serving fresh salads and wraps.
With 25 years of experience in the corporate world behind her, Susan Catenaro channeled her human-resources training in founding Bien-Etre Wellness Centre. Equally as important to her business, though, are her certifications and training in life coaching, hypnotherapy, past-life-regression therapy, and aromatherapy. Today, she and her staff aim to help clients live more holistic lives, with everything from classes on essential oils to sessions in an infrared sauna.
At Sustainable Health & Wellness, naturopathic physician and massage therapist Dr. Dana Lapointe leads a team of wellness professionals whose expertise ranges from weight loss and acupuncture, to organic facials and energy healing. In addition to yoga, Pilates, and meditation, clients can unwind in an infrared sauna, which raises body temperature to detoxify organs, slenderize the body, and reduce muscle or joint pain.