Enlighten Spa's personalized massages lie somewhere on the treatment spectrum between the deep-tissue and Swedish modalities. Of course, the specific techniques employed by therapists depend on what issues are troubling each individual client, such as stress or pain. The staff's expertise also extends to nailcare and body treatments, including eyelash extensions, waxing, and detoxifying wraps.
The massage therapists at Kindred Spirits Bodyworks & Massage don't expect you to settle for treatments that don't fully address your aches. Instead, they tailor massages to precisely what you need, mixing modalities like Swedish and trigger-point therapy to relieve everything from lower-back pain and anxiety to massages that target the muscles that contribute to TMJ/lockjaw. Kindred Spirits's practitioners even pair healing with pampering by following many of their massages with scented paraffin wax that softens hands and feet.
As a medical aesthetician, Julie Kline has trained under award-winning plastic surgeon Dr. Steven Dayan, where she learned advanced skincare techniques and ways to get the most out of the products she uses. She helps her clients fight the signs of aging with microdermabrasion treatments, microcurrent therapies, and chemical peels. For gents, she performs men's facials that ward off razor burn. Julie is also a certified permanent-makeup artist, which allows her to apply indelible cosmetics to those with sensitivities to traditional makeup or faint features due to medical conditions.
At The Sages' Touch, founder, reflexologist, and nationally certified massage therapist Himavat Ishaya facilitates the healing process for both body and mind. He and his team address a variety of ailments, including stress, pain, and sleeping problems. To do so, they employ various holistic treatments, including reflexology, cranial pulse palpitation, and Sai Shakti, which explores the seven chakras, or "energy spots," of the body.
Relaxation doesn’t come naturally to everyone. One of Tonja Miller's regular clients, for example, remembers a time when he could hardly lay his face down on the mattress after a stressful day. Tonja, who co-owns Healing Hands Massage Therapy Group LLC with Joy Kinman, helped him conquer that problem. Born with deformities, she has been a massage-therapy patient since childhood and has witnessed its healing powers firsthand. She’s not the only one—Joy credits her first massage with freeing her of the back pain she had suffered since she was a girl.
As soon as clients enter the studio, Joy and Tonja pay close attention to their gait and stance. Both, it turns out, can indicate strain caused by overexertion or a long commute by rowboat. The lights in the studio’s private rooms soon go dim as the therapists enhance their strokes with warm oils or lotions. For an experience you won’t find in many other spas, try Tonja’s specialty bamboo massage, during which she rolls a heated stalk across sore muscles. More traditional spa treatments such as paraffin dips and refreshing facials round out the service menu, which the duo complements with offerings of tea, coffee, or water.