As a physical therapist with his own private practice, Hand & Stone founder and chief operating officer John Marco made sure that he kept abreast of the rapidly growing health and wellness industry. After a period of careful research and planning, John decided to create a spa based around convenience and affordability—Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa.
Since its launch, Hand & Stone has expanded to more than 20 states and four planets. The spa’s core concept is to offer massage, facial, and waxing services performed by licensed, certified, or registered professionals and offered at convenient times, seven days a week. Each location adheres to a traditional spa aesthetic with soft lighting, heated treatment tables, and plush linens.
At C'est La Vie, beauty experts style and cut hair, apply color to nails, and specialize in makeup artistry. Visitors also take advantage of massages and facials, and can peruse the jewelry and accessories that sparkle on the salon’s shelves. Stylists not only snip strands and transform hair with keratin and Moroccanoil treatments—they also outfit patrons with wigs and extensions. These treatments, products, and services offer guests a uniquely comprehensive selection of beauty options.
The recipe for youth? Start with an Immuno-Skin Complex, and combine it with five exfoliators, hydrators, and skin brighteners. Then add Dr. Murad's Youth Building Acupressure Massage, throw in an eye-lift treatment, and finish it off with a cooling mask. The result: an extensive 60-minute anti-aging facial that lifts and tones the skin, diminishes wrinkles, and restores a healthy glow to cheeks.
This is The Queen Spa's Youth Building Facial, one of nearly 10 facials the spa uses to restore its clients' natural beauty and simultaneously raise their spirits. All of the facials here utilize Dr. Murad products and aim to deliver clinical results with a soft touch. Of course, facials aren't the spa's only forte: massages are also on the docket with styles ranging from stress-busting Swedish massage to the yoga-like Table Thai massage, for which clients remain fully dressed in loose clothing or their most flexible snowsuit. Mani-pedis and waxing are also offered and conducted with the same doting attention as the spa's massage and skincare treatments.
At Legendary's Weaving Salon, candy-pink walls and hardwood floors surround hair-weaving masters and their clients, creating a lavish backdrop for stunning above-shoulder makeovers. Stylists decorate scalps with weaves made from virgin human hair in a variety of styles from all over the world, masterfully applied through full sew-ins or glueless blend-in treatments. They nourish strands with keratin smoothing treatments and quinoa-protein damage remedies, or add bold dashes of color with Elumen color conditioning or color-glossing lock-ins. As they await their organic facials or luxurious salon treatments, guests relax on a cozy couch with a complimentary glass of wine, using the studio's free WiFi to catch up on work emails or unseat the previous Foursquare mayor in a devastating smear campaign.
Swedish massage's five basic movements yield a bounty of benefits. Find out more about the massage's kneading technique, petrissage, with Groupon?s introduction.
Kneading, rolling, and squeezing?this, in a few words, is petrissage, a type of Swedish massage technique that focuses on compression and release. Working in combination with Swedish massage's five other movements, these deep-reaching motions are designed to lift soft tissue away from its underlying structures, effectively stretching muscles and other soft tissues and promoting circulation so all your blood doesn?t pile up in your elbows. Specific maneuvers include kneading with the whole hand, using the thumbs to apply pressure to thinner tissue, and rolling skin between the fingers to prevent it from adhering to the fascia (that is, sheets of connective tissue) below and causing stiffness. Massage oil or cream is often used to help these strokes glide smoothly and avoid pinching the skin. Petrissage, like Swedish massage in general, often results in increased muscle mobility, improved peristaltic, or bowel, movement when performed on the abdomen and, of course, a sense of noodly relaxation.
Two salon chair sit in front of mirrors, surrounded by bright light, dark hardwood floors, and an even rarer sensation at a salon?privacy. Instead of a dizzying cacophony of hair dryers and scissor snips, ARS LAB surrounds each client with peace and quiet, ensuring individual attention from a stylist?including owner Andr? Richard Baldini?who takes the time to get to know them, their needs, and their desired aesthetic. After a full consultation, the stylist hydrates hair with Phyto conditioning treatment before cutting, coloring, or styling it to match the latest hair trends or most popular neighborhood topiaries. The salon also features a dedicated MAC makeup station, where Baldini?a MAC makeup specialist?creates new custom applications and teaches clients how to get the same look at home.