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.
For 25 years, the team of specialists at New Age Massage and Health Center has promoted balanced bodies and minds with a variety of holistic services. Massage therapist Nicky Dhanani not only loosens muscles with acupressure massages or ancient Indian shirodhara treatments, but also remedies digestive woes as an instructor with the International Association for Colon Hydrotherapy and knowledge acquired at a naturopathy hospital in Mumbai, India. Dhanani is also a reiki master and teacher, and uses pranic healing and chakra balancing to address concerns such as pain, stress, or a chronic inability to find Waldo.
Between Nicky and Sneha Dhanani, who is a licensed skincare expert completing studies in holistic nutrition, guests should be able to find an alternative-medicine treatment for any concern, be it physical or emotional.
“Non-invasive” is the focus at The Body Shop MediSpa, where clients can find a trio of treatments to change their bodies without the trappings of surgery. Lipo-laser treatments help to minimize fat cells, smoothing skin around problem areas during quick, 30-minute sessions. As a follow-up to lipo laser or as a treatment all its own, power-plate therapy sends waves of energy across the body, causing muscles to quickly contract in an effort to boost circulation and help ferry away toxins. Finally, The Body Shop MediSpa's mineral and vitamin supplement program further works to reduce toxins by strengthening immune systems and promoting lymphatic drainage.
Under the leadership of spa president Sandra Vascones, the corps of therapists and beauticians at Doors to Heaven keep clients looking their best with aesthetic skills that they regularly brush up in continuing education classes. Body-buffing services include waxing and cavitation, which helps patrons shed pounds by dissolving fat. Those looking to unwind can opt for massage, which deploys modalities as Swedish massage and deep tissue massage to dissolve stress that has accumulated in the body after too many nights spent shouting at nearby owls to be quiet.
Patrons frequent Indulge Hair and Body Care to do just that: indulge. The talented staff members create hairstyles worthy of everything from running errands to red-carpet events. They rejuvenate complexions with facials and loosen windsor-knotted muscles during massages. Manicures and pedicures round out the pampering services.
Nancy Hernandez found her first client at the age of 16, and she didn't even need to leave her house. After experimenting with her sister's hair and spending more than 15 years in the beauty industry, Nancy now owns her own salon and spa, where she cultivates a stylish ambiance and concocts her own line of beauty products. Her experienced staff primps clients with a range of pampering services and employs products by Kérastase, Dermalogica, and Bumble and bumble. They also shade epidermises with Golden Sol spray-tan formula, which gives skin a bronze glow without the risks associated with lying under the sun's rays or a melting gong.