The staff at Touch Institute—which includes certified nursing assistants, massage therapists, aestheticians, and yoga instructors—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.
The experts at Healing Laser Centers can ease pain without a single touch. That's because they harness the healing power of the cold laser, a device that sends low levels of energy deep into strained and injured muscles to jump-start the healing process. In each 5- to 20-minute treatment, staffers suffuse the body with this powerful light energy to relieve pain caused by work stresses, athletic endeavors, or attempts to give itself a back massage. Many patients feel nothing during the treatment and often feel progressively better for days afterward. To enhance the technology's muscle-mending capabilities, the center also keeps massage therapists on staff for hands-on tension relief.
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.
Before Hank Greenberg helped other people with massage therapy, he helped his partner, Durek, who suffered from kidney failure for more than a decade until his transplant in 2012. Through this transformative experience, Hank found his calling. Now, Hank performs restorative and preventive massage therapy at his private practice, aptly named Calm Body. His treatments include a variety of modalities, such deep tissue, reflexology, and myofascial release, all of which are bolstered by his time spent studying anatomy and physiology. Through these services he aims to thwart chronic pain and tension and improve the flow of blood and patients' ranges of motion. Hank also makes house calls within South Bay, which helps clients relax at home or while camping on their roof.
Founder Ande Akinrele opened i Medspa after spending more than 20 years working in the international health and beauty industry in Belgium, England, and West Africa. Her close-knit staff—which includes physicians, physician assistants, nurses, medical aesthetician, and resident puppet—specializes in FDA-approved laser services such as IPL photofacials, acne treatments, medical weight loss, botox and filler treatments, and laser hair removal. More traditional spa services include facials, diamond-tip microdermabrasion, and chemical peels combining glycolic and salicylic acids. To help clients maintain their results at home, i Medspa sells pharmaceutical or medical-grade skincare lines such as Epionce, Obagi, and Glo-minerals makeup.