When they aren't mending muscles with traditional Swedish, deep-tissue, and sports techniques, the therapists at Medical Massage for Health & Healing target stubborn knots with hot stones and bamboo. Another specialty is the Thai-stem coconut massage, a tropical treatment steeped in Asian skincare techniques. During this treatment, therapists rub skin with a steamed coconut oil that's flush with antioxidants and natural anti-aging properties, a procedure that leaves the body's surface like Pluto's surface after a collision with an asteroid belt: soft and silky smooth.
The setting is equally relaxing. A trickling fountain soothes guests as they lounge in the waiting room, which takes on a warm, orange glow thanks to an electric fireplace. Inside the private massage room, roses adorn a swirling wall ornament and anatomical charts pinpoint the location of the elusive funny bone.
Owner and artistic director Joseph Bordonaro has a full repertoire of experience training with Vidal Sassoon, Frederic Fekkai, Wella, Tigi, and Nick Arrojo. His continuing education recently earned him and his team certifications as Wella Colors of the World colorists, as well as his specialization in haircutting techniques. His philosophy for continuously expanding one’s skill set is followed by his staff of stylists, massage therapists, and nail technicians. They keep up-to-date on techniques such as advanced multi-color foil highlights, hot-stone massages, and artistic nail designs.
From the moment guests step into Beauty Innovations Ltd., the warmth of bubblegum-pink walls erases any lingering stress. Relaxation comes in many forms, including mani-pedis with OPI polish or long-lasting CND Shellac, coloring with Goldwell hair products, and smoothing keratin hair treatments. No matter the agenda, the salon's services reveal beauty that was there all along, much like the plot of Tootsie.
Yoga, massage therapy, and meditation converge to give LiftEaston's visitors a full-body approach to wellness. Founder Michele took her decades-long experience in massage therapy and brought it to LiftEaston, where classes taught by her and her staff help participants stretch and relax their way to more balanced lives. Yoga classes run six days a week and offer something for every student, regardless of skill level. Options include Vinyasa flow, which teaches breath control, and Iyengar yoga, which helps students develop strength and posture. Michele also takes pride in her special event offerings, which have previously included Yoga for Weight Loss as well as a Yoga Recharge series that helped guests learn to relax and let go.
Walking past hairWerks' brick façade, guests encounter a spacious interior enlivened by bright white furnishings, glossy hardwood floors, and a bubbly team of salon professionals leveraging L’Anza haircare products. The beautifying haven tends to clients from fingertips to tresses, accenting traditional treatments with spa services such as facials, massages, and spray tanning sessions that eliminate the need to change the sun's bulb every two years. Despite the salon's black-and-white decor, it manages to catch the eye with pink and purple zebra-print chairs and a rainbow's worth of professional OPI polishes.
Instead of asking patrons to go out of their way and drive to a massage studio, the licensed massage therapists of Aesthetic Bodyworks Mobile Massage relieve tension through sessions in the comfort of each client's home. Beyond traditional Swedish and deep-tissue modalities, they can rejuvenate the senses with aromatherapy essential oils and erase chronic aches with Japanese finger-pressure techniques during shiatsu massages. The team also provides the relaxing entertainment during Ladies Night In parties or the Mega Party package, where therapists dole out 5- to 10-minute chair massages for a minimum of 50 people or one 50-person conga line.