From the soft pillows on the wicker furniture to the luxurious drapes that conceal private treatment rooms, April Beauty Time and Health Spa is clearly a place intended for relaxation—for guests. The spa's aestheticians, however, are models of productive activity, working to beautify clients' faces and skin with waxing and skincare services or to rid bodies of excess fat cells with contouring treatments.
The licensed massage therapists at Massage Advantage dote on visitors with a slew of custom massage techniques, including Swedish, prenatal, and deep tissue. Armed with warm blankets and a credo to respect patients' privacy, therapists begin each 30- or 60-minute session with a discussion on clients' specific aches and ailments. Therapists can also haul their equipment to office buildings for workplace chair massages that help reinvigorate fatigued employees or stressed-out water coolers during 5- to 15-minute stints. Each succession of kneads is designed to alleviate stress, muscles soreness, and various medical conditions, such as high blood pressure.
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Licensed massage therapist Heidi Garrett soothes bodies and minds with customized massage techniques and alternative therapies such as reiki, crystal therapy, and chakra balancing. Heidi incorporates techniques from Swedish massage, trigger-point therapy, myofascial release, and reflexology to accommodate each session to her clients' unique needs and wellness plans. Long, flowing strokes alternate with firm taps as Heidi focuses on pressure points to reduce stress and help heal muscles pulled while shot-putting SUVs out of stolen parking spaces.
While some spas claim to treat their clients’ minds, bodies, and spirits, Serenity Artisan Studio puts its money where its mouth is. The spa serves as a center for total life enrichment, which means that its staffers offer artistic craft classes alongside meditative yoga and reiki sessions and body-pampering wraps and facials. The spa side of the business keeps this holistic approach in mind as its aestheticians call on tools such as Ayurvedic massage and ultrasound technology to enhance their slate facials. Meanwhile, slimming body wraps and a range of massage modalities grant clients a peaceful state of mind and a comfortable body. The staff also showcases handmade jewelry and art made from recycled materials, allowing clients to take a bit of their peace of mind home in a more attractive form than simply trapping sighs in a mason jar.