Sunlight streams through the windows at The Massage Works, filling the waiting room with the warmth and light of that of a secret oasis. Within the 3,500-square-foot facility, clients relax within one of 11 treatment rooms as licensed massage therapists ease their muscles and brighten their skin tone with services such as body wraps, facial scrubs, and Swedish, deep-tissue, and hot-stone massages.
The certified therapists at Epic Spa and Wellness replenish weary physiques during an array of holistic healing treatments. During each 30-minute infrared-sauna treatment, healing rays penetrate beneath skin suits, detoxifying the body at the cellular level and swaddling oft-neglected skeletons in warmth. Successive treatments have been known to alleviate pain, fibromyalgia symptoms, and chronic fatigue, in addition to boosting weight loss, immune function, and the ability to smell colors. While clients bask in electromagnetic radiance, soft music creates a tranquil environment in which to relax.
A.R.T. Massage Body Spa takes its name from the three adjectives that describe each one of its services: advanced, relaxing, and therapeutic. The staff promises their clients will enjoy the latest techniques designed to both soothe the mind and relieve specific needs. Massage therapies thwart tension and improve range of motion, and custom spray tans give skin a sun-kissed glow without having to find a sun-size box of chocolates first. Using Éminence Organic products, the staff cleanses skin and fights signs of aging during signature, cleansing, or organic express facials with blends of organic herbs, fruits, and vegetables rich with nutrients.
Set inside a 1920s bungalow, the spa decorates each private room in modern decor with subtle touches, such as finger bells and aromatics, that appeal to all senses. Before or after treatments, patrons can peruse a selection of clothing, candles, handbags, and jewelry inside the spa’s retail area, which also sells the Éminence Organic skincare line.
In the midst of rustic woods, there sits a three-story building. Upon opening its front door, visitors unleash a gentle wave of aromatherapy scents and warm air. They step inside, where therapists lead them past wood accents and into private treatment rooms. World of Serenity’s spa atmosphere recalls the calm of the surrounding wilderness, and inside its walls, therapists adopt a holistic approach; they educate guests in wellness basics, such as why humans don’t eat sand, and perform a range of customized spa services. They soften faces, deep-cleanse pores, and slough of dead cells during customized facials; sometimes scouring or soothing the skin with an additional enzyme deep cleanse, warm stones, or anti-aging collagen. They also ease muscle tension with six massage modalities such as deep tissue, warm stone, and reflexology; and scrub clients from head to toe using salt and sugar rubs, and wraps made from natural dead sea mud or Paradisius—a blend of ground fruit and flower extracts.
At Skylight Massage and Skincare, specialty massages and decadent add-ons merge into uplifting treatments that rejuvenate the body and spirit. The ashiatsu massage is a house specialty featuring a deep-pressure technique that soothes sore and achy muscles in the back, chest, hips, and legs. Once muscles are loose, a client may further relax under the soothing warmth of heated basalt stones or the tingling sensations of a natural-fiber brush, used to increase blood flow. Such duality is key here, with lavish spa services softening the edges of focused therapeutic bodywork, causing pain and stress to dissolve like slugs in a salt cave. Other services include an organic cellulite massage, a 24-karat gold facial, and an herb-and-mineral foot soak that incorporates lemon clay, shea butter, and essential oils.
Hands of Peace's La Gina Kissentaner believes she was born with healing hands, so naturally, she found herself drawn to massage therapy. Using her instinct and feedback from clients, she varies her modalities as she works. As clients recline in a clean, white room, light Swedish strokes help tension dissipate, while the tougher ministrations of trigger-point therapy help to relieve chronic tightness. Once sessions are over, she educates clients about self-care exercises that will keep muscles loose and limber. Because she loves what she does, she chooses co-workers who do as well, and they all update their training by traveling all over the world for seminars and classes.