The staff at Touch Institute—which includes certified nursing assistants, massage therapists, pediatric massage therapists, aestheticians, and college graduates from various backgrounds with BA - PhD designations—soothes bodies and minds of all ages with research-based, compassionate therapies. Therapeutic massages draw on Swedish, deep-tissue, and pre- and post-natal techniques, and cranial sacral massage balances the central nervous system, saving clients the bother of checking their brains with a carpenter’s bubble level. Organic Éminence handmade skincare products rejuvenate faces and bodies during a range of skin therapies. To beautify exteriors, aestheticians offer specialty programs such as makeup lessons and natural spray tans.
Committed to giving back to the community, Touch Institute supports the Liddle Kidz Foundation, which sends health-care professionals to orphanages around the world.
From the organic teas and fresh fruit that await clients when they walk through the front door to the soothing services performed inside treatment rooms, Cetina European Skin Spa creates a peaceful respite where clients can let go of their stresses. Operated by a mother-daughter team of aestheticians—Maria and Suzanne Cetina—the spa draws on both cutting-edge techniques and products in its indulgent therapies. The Cetinas emphasize the importance of natural skincare methods by stocking their shelves with Shir-Organic products made from whole fruits and rejuvenating herbs.
These organic products drive to the soothing effects of the spa's various facial treatments and body therapies, such as shea butter hand treatments that nourish skin or mineral-rich sea-mud wraps that provide marshland camouflage. For a more mechanical approach, the staff uses crystal and diamond microdermabrasion equipment to restore cheekbones' natural radiance while minimizing the appearance of wrinkles, acne scars, and other blemishes. The massage therapists help complete spa escapes by soothing muscles with relaxing and therapeutic modalities.
At Skin by Shannon, Shannon uses techniques such as clay masks, steam, exfoliations, and an enzyme peel during her custom facials to help battle anything from acne to dry skin. The skin specialist also expertly removes unwanted hair on faces, legs, and tails for women and men.
Drawing from a line of organic products, Beach Massage and Day Spa's fleet of attentive stress-soothers mollifies muscles with indulgent spa treatments and pampering massages infused with aromatherapy. During the 55-minute session, a licensed massage therapist employs Swedish effleurage to trigger circulation, soothe tense sinews, and rub off dry-erase math problems. Clients can breathe in holistic relaxation during the massage with their choice of aromatherapeutic essential oils such as lavender or ylang ylang. The hot stones invigorate epidermises with strategically placed basalt stones that are warmer than a freshly hugged pet rock.
In his early days as a massage therapist, Sean Struxness was struck by the stark contrasts in quality between high-end and low-end spas, noticing a large gap between the two. He founded The Massage Spot to fill that gap, partly because he no longer wanted to mow the gap's out-of-control grass. Though it forgoes the locker rooms and showers that full day spas may offer, Struxness's mini day spa doesn't skimp on the tranquil atmosphere, as it features flickering candles, soothing music, and a relaxing zen area. The service menu isn't lacking, either; The Massage Spot's team of professionals performs haircuts and deep conditionings, nine types of facials, spa pedicures with aromatherapy soaks, and Western and Eastern styles of massage therapy.
Oasis Thai Massage & Spa incorporates characteristics of popular massage techniques with traditional Thai methods to deliver whole-body relaxation. The body scrub kicks off the rejuvenating session by exfoliating dead skin cells, then relaxes bodies with hot essential oils that double as a source of aromatherapy. As the oils seep in and hydrate skin canvases, the procedure seamlessly switches gears to the combination massage. The massage therapist's appendages execute routines sourced from traditional Thai, Swedish, and deep-tissue massage. The hybrid mishmash of techniques also incorporates aspects of acupressure, passive yoga therapy, and reflexology to help clients restore their energy and attain the ability to scratch any part of their back with their mind.