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.
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.
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.
Serenity Bodyworks massage therapist Susan Rocca-Krisanda does more than knead shoulders. One client claims that the therapist's massages leave her feeling like "melted butter"; another says that she never wants to leave the massage table. Susan helps patrons forget about stress at work or rivalries at the bowling alley with therapies that range from deep-tissue pressure to hot-stone massages that siphon stress from the muscles and joints.
Part boutique, part 1940s-inspired beauty emporium, All Gussied Up channels the charm of yesteryear while offering modern types of treatments. In June of 2012, Kelly Pettis opened the summer- and retro-themed store. Inside, Kelly and her staff apply spray tans, whiten teeth, and apply permanent makeup. All Gussied Up also has a boutique that stocks swimwear, retail items, and denim from brands such as Steady Clothing, ChicStar, Despi, and Bombshell Bay. Shoppers can stop by on a Thursday evening for their special Un-Housewives Club monthly event.
Led by stylist Kathy Febert, the staff at Prizms Salon & Day Spa exfoliates skin, prettifies nails, and administers soothing massages. Beauticians imbue nails with vibrant polish using CND products and stylists trim locks into chic hairdos styled in the shape of various continents. Professional therapists banish stress with traditional Swedish or hot-stone massages. The staff's dedication to beautification includes a devotion to pampering clients with high-quality treatments and products.