The licensed massage therapist pampers muscles and drives stress from minds with an array of bodywork modalities. Tools in her arsenal include Swedish and deep-tissue massage; craniosacral therapies; and energy-based reiki. Her treatments address common concerns—such as back aches and anxiety—as well as medication dependence, weakened immune systems, and badminton elbow.
The Boulevard Salon & Spa deploys experienced stylists to deftly slice hairs from men's chins, cheeks, and heads. Guests recline in barber chairs while pre-shave oil and hot lather swaddle mugs in toasty foam, giving visages a glimpse into the brief life of a cappuccino. A keen-edged straight razor slides along the face to efficiently remove stubble. In the Executive shave, the razor doubles back for a second voyage against the grain, smoothing skin with a thoroughness comparable to double Zamboni treatments for ice rinks or double vacuumings of molting tropical birds. Frosty aftershave and an ice-cold towel seal pores and soothe sensitive dimples, and a face massage dissipates tension from overworked, skeptical eyebrows. Alternately, patrons can opt for a haircut and single shave that foregoes the razor's return visit. A consultation ensures that head bristles will be cropped to specifications using Kenra and L'Oreal professional products, and a hot towel—aided by a head-and-neck massage—steams shoulders into a relaxed slump.
The owners of Twinkle Twinkle Little Spa believe in emphasizing inner and outer beauty by featuring child-friendly candy and ice-cream-scented beauty treatments as well as crafting sessions. In addition to individual or group spa packages, they also offer mommy-and-me spa facials and spa parties with princess gowns, face paintings, and karaoke.
A skilled staff of massage therapists and acupuncturists boosts clients' bodily morale with a slew of holistic services at The Healing Path. The repertoire of massage, acupuncture, nutritional-coaching, and counseling services work together to improve clients' total well-being. Before massage sessions, therapists interview clients to better understand their health before deciding on which of the massage modalities at their disposal will best ease physical pain and unwind mental stress. The long, flowing strokes of traditional Swedish massage form a blissful foundation for therapeutic sessions, which aim to release knotted soft tissue, dispel stress, and improve circulation. Hands carefully knead away deep aches during prenatal massage to help make mother, unborn child, and the unborn child's weekend houseguests comfortable during pregnancy.
Before acupuncture sessions, acupuncturists make a comprehensive evaluation of clients' concerns before inserting fine needles into specific points along the body to help boost the immune system and increase circulatory flow. The Healing Path also facilitates mental healing with psychotherapy sessions to help develop coping skills, work through issues, or provide a safe space to unspool stress.
If licensed massage therapist Bernadette Singleton has learned anything in the eight years since she opened BES Enterprise Natural Solutions, it’s that no two bodies react to treatment the same way. Human senses can be capricious and hard to control—something she knows all too well from her own battle with Meniere’s disease.
Bernadette draws on her years of therapeutic practice as well as her own life experiences to create custom massages that cater to her clients’ individual needs. Her own sensitivity to store-bought products compelled her to handcraft her own blends of oils, creams, and deodorants, and many of these formulas have since worked their way into her treatments. When she isn’t releasing tension with Swedish and deep-tissue techniques or coating water-heated pebbles in oil for a hot-stone massage, she continues to craft cold-processed soaps, hand-dipped candles, and blends of shea butter harvested from cows that once grazed in the New York Mets’ outfield.