Dark hardwood floors and creamy white walls form the basis for Luxe Day Spa's tranquil environs, where guests bask in skin and body treatments that polish them from head to toe. An array of facials harnesses nutrients, organic enzymes, or high-tech LED devices to treat blemishes and reduce the signs of aging, whereas seven styles of massage melt away chronic tension. While reclining in a zero-gravity chair with a heated pillow under their neck and a toenail-themed romance novel over their eyes, guests enjoy relaxing pedicures enhanced by hydrating paraffin treatments. Meanwhile, specialists imbue or remove ink in the skin with permanent makeup, which brightens eyes, brows, or lips with smudge-free color that lasts for years, or tattoo-removal treatments that eschew skin-bleaching lasers in favor of invisible injections.
Need AHH Massage is all about extras. Whether you need a therapeutic massage to ferret out chronic muscle pain, or an old fashioned Swedish massage to oust stress and bruised feelings from an old debate club injury, licensed therapists toss in a complementary hot-stone treatment and aromatherapy. The private rooms?tastefully decorated in muted blues and browns?stand at the ready with towels heating up in warmers. Even the website throws in some free laugh therapy with whimsical pictures of cats posing like human beings. Need AHH Massage also employs multiple massage therapists with experience in the art of reiki energy-style bodywork and Thai therapy, which involves stretching and accupressure.
The licensed massage therapists at Massage Advantage dote on visitors with a slew of custom massage techniques, including Swedish, prenatal, and deep tissue. Armed with warm blankets and a credo to respect patients' privacy, therapists begin each 30- or 60-minute session with a discussion on clients' specific aches and ailments. Therapists can also haul their equipment to office buildings for workplace chair massages that help reinvigorate fatigued employees or stressed-out water coolers during 5- to 15-minute stints. Each succession of kneads is designed to alleviate stress, muscles soreness, and various medical conditions, such as high blood pressure.
Inside MODA Hair Design & Spa's modern, strikingly white studio, visitors witness the bustling assembly line where physical beauty is created. While clients relax in leather salon chairs, stylists renovate hairdos with everything from cuts and hair dyes to Keratin smoothing treatments and fanciful updos. At the nearby nail station, manicurists transform fingers and toes into fashion accessories using glossy nail polishes. Aestheticians can also escort guests to private treatment rooms, where they wax away unwanted eyebrow or body hair, smooth out cellulite with body wraps, or administer European-style facials. MODA's team also includes a licensed massage therapist whose magical hands can pull silver dollars from behind clients' ears or make pain disappear with deep-tissue kneads.
A deep love of her work has kept licensed therapist Monica Gonda practicing bodywork for more than 14 years, and it is this positive energy that emanates from her fingertips during each session. In her repertoire of seven massage modalities, lomi lomi—loving hands in Hawaiian—stands out for its use of the forearms to send waves of relaxation into deep layers of muscle without attracting beach bums. Monica also practices a lymphatic-drainage technique that notably reduces swelling caused by fluid buildup in connective tissue. The most unique therapy is the crystal massages. A blend of body and energy work, warm semiprecious stones bathe acupressure points in soothing heat and redirect energy flows to achieve mental clarity or emotional well-being.
Monica awakens senses with organic tea and chocolates and can expand olfactory pleasure with her nuanced understanding of how geranium, lemongrass, and clare sage influence mood through sensory and monetary payoffs. Monica extends the reach of her goodwill by donating 5% of her profits to cancer research, an issue close to her heart because she practices oncology massage for lung-cancer patients.
Nora Marvilli, CEO of Bella Fashion Designs, outfits models and beauty pageant contestants in glamorous dresses that charm photographers and bring home crowns. She also helps brides-to-be find their ideal dress within a vast collection of wedding gowns from reputable names such as Alfred Angelo, Zac Posen, and Mary's Bridal. For less formal situations, her shop also has plenty of causal women's clothing and sportswear. The spa portion of Bella Fashion Designs helps improve complexions with skin-revitalizing facials and dolls up hands and feet with nail services and Barbie clothes.