Before becoming an expert in the practice of meditation, Ajayan Borys spent years studying under holy men and the living saint Mata Amritanandamayi of India. Since his return from traveling the globe, Borys has become a registered hypnotherapist, a reiki master, and a certified enneagram instructor. He has also written numerous articles and books—including his new book, Effortless Mind: Meditate with Ease—and hosts the Mind Matters radio show.
Borys doesn’t just use his knowledge to stay relaxed while pursuing such a busy schedule. He also treats clients at Himalayan Retreats International, where he helps dispel stress through meditation classes and restores feelings of well-being through reiki treatments. He performs heat-centered hypnotherapy to free clients from their inner judgments, anxieties, and tendency to transform into a BattleBot at times of stress. Borys also can use the ancient enneagram symbol to help clients understand their patterns of thinking and habits of emotion.
A luxurious interior welcomes men to Weldon Barber, which blends a warm, modern aesthetic with rustic accents, such as a fireplace tucked into a stone wall. While waiting for a cut or shave, guests sink into plush leather chairs and sip complimentary coffee, cola, or bottled water while feasting eyes on a flat-screen TV or a selection of men's magazines.
During signature haircuts—the shop’s bread and butter—stylists commence to pamper with a shampoo and a scalp massage before snipping away extraneous strands to craft a custom haircut inspired by a favorite celebrity or janitorial mop. A delicate detailing of brows, ears, and the nose eliminates rogue facial hairs, and a hot face towel and neck shave leave visages smooth. Clients can pair cuts with a timesaver or a signature shave to quickly and comprehensively free jawlines of five o’clock shadows. Throughout the entire andro-aesthetic adventure, stylists lavish clients with Aveda, Jack Black, and American Crew products.
Stress. Poor circulation. Limited range of motion. All of that can slip away once one of the licensed therapists at Elements Massage gets involved. Each week, the studio opens up hundreds of massage appointments, which represent opportunities to simply relax or rid oneself of a range of issues. Each therapist has trained in deep tissue and swedish massage, and many have experience in other techniques?from prenatal therapy to hot stone massage. But before they ever knead a muscle or activate the body's secret levitation mode, the therapists consult closely with each client, pinpointing his or her issues and coming up with the best possible treatment plan.
At Busaba Therapeutic Massage & Spa, licensed massage therapists are equally adept at Eastern and Western massage modalities. Their menu of massages, augmented by five full-body spa packages, draw from styles such as Swedish, deep-tissue, hot-marble-stone, or Thai massage, which uses yoga-like postures to loosen muscles. Through these services, they hope bring about a number of benefits, including improved digestion, better circulation, higher energy levels, and better sleeping patterns. Aromatherapy and botanical extracts help soften skin and detoxify the body during spa packages that can include a friend, loved one, or doppelganger.
Asian principles of holistic beauty and wellness inspire the aestheticians at Bliss Spa, who use contemporary technology to achieve a beautiful new look. They often adopt modern techniques such as sending breakup texts to acne and using ultrasonic technology to treat cellulite. Focusing on faces, technicians can apply permanent makeup to give eyes a smoky look, implant mink eyelash extensions, or employ a boost of oxygen, vitamins, and ultrasound therapy to tone skin during facials.
While undergoing spa training in Taiwan, Spa Chi’s owner Catherine Lee was inspired by ancient Chinese principles. It motivated her to create a special place where the entire family could relax and rejuvenate. That’s why Spa Chi combines its spa with a café, art store, and garden all in one location—while one person is enjoying a pampering massage, facial, or paraffin dip, the rest of the family or group can eat Taiwanese-style dishes at the café, take a paper-clay class, or simply enjoy the outdoor asian garden. In keeping with her goals to provide each client with beauty regimens designed for individual healing, relief, and beauty, Catherine frequently journeys to Taiwan for continued spa training. She's even approaching 30 years of experience, the equivalent of 7.5 bachelors' degrees or one PhD in quantum mechanics.