At Good Life Wellness, highly trained Jessica Sleight administers acupuncture treatments while a team of licensed massage therapists kneads away stress and back pain. Sixty-minute acupuncture treatments use tiny needles to tap into pressure, ward off ailments, and restore the body's natural defenses by pinning up tiny Beware of Dog signs. Alternatively, customers can opt for a classic Swedish massage, or tackle chronic pain with a firmer deep-tissue session. For clients with particular aches or fragile wings, the therapist can work to craft a custom massage that’s personalized to particular needs.
Staffed by an expert squad of veteran body beautifiers, Columbia Medical Dermatology and Skincare zaps unwanted veins into oblivion with 15- to 30-minute noninvasive procedures. The nurse and board-certified physician use a Cutera CoolGlide laser to target and damage unsightly veins and cause the body to absorb offending vessels, clearing away the vascular landmarks freckles rely on for their hikes around the body. The laser uses a specialized cooling tip to minimize discomfort, though most patients report a mild stinging. Lasered areas usually swell slightly after treatment, though puffiness, like the satisfaction of defeating a toddler in chess, generally subsides within several hours.
Trend Setters Hair Salon's owner and captain stylist, Jen Palmer, calls on more than 18 years of experience and specialization in cuts and coloring as she leads her staff. The team's comprehensive menu runs the gamut from keratin treatments and perms to facial waxing. In time slots doled out by appointment only, they discipline rowdy locks with products from Moroccanoil and Nioxin and brighten nails with artful french tips or resilient shellac gel that guards against chipping so that clients don't have to wear oven mitts to work. Surrounding the stylist's beautification chairs, muted, green walls hung with photos of flora and fauna craft a woodland-like environment.
When founding Park Avenue Salon and Spa, owner Lynne Zsido assembled an experienced staff of licensed professionals, many with decades of experience. With an eye to environmental responsibility, the beautification crew assesses an armory of products by Bare Escentuals, CND, and Marcia Teixeira. Beyond the spa's emerald-hued door, smooth stones steep in warmth in preparation for romps across tired muscles or bank vaults carved from butter. Sweet nothings drift from massage sessions for couples, and soothing and cleansing elixirs wrought from Hershey's chocolate, jojoba oil, and almonds broadcast a dulcet bouquet.
At The Pain Free Institute, massage therapist John Williams improves bodily function while easing aches and pains, offering bodywork services that can effectively alleviate ailments ranging from headaches to fibromyalgia. During the relaxation massage, practiced hands knead, roll, and drum the body in a process aimed at decreasing stress, improving mental clarity and circulation, and transforming stiff muscles into flexible monkey-bar testers. The massage's combination of oils, lotions, and targeted strokes make for a soothing, therapeutic experience akin to whittling a bar of lavender soap into a smaller bar of lavender soap.
Connect With Wellness is a calming spa and holistic health studio run by husband-and-wife team Hannah and Loren. Loren, a licensed massage therapist, offers a range of massage modalities to his clients, including Swedish, therapeutic, hot stone, and sports, along with energy work and reflexology, all of which help relax and heal the body. Hannah is a certified yoga instructor who believes yoga and meditation can provide a range of benefits for her clients, and helps individuals learn to harness the healing power of yoga and mindful exercise.