A one-size-fits-all promise is generally too good to be true. So at Le Spa, seasoned aestheticians, therapists, and stylists adjust their services for each client, whether it be through varying blends of organic beauty serums from Hungary or a mix of reflexology and trigger-point therapy during massages. The spa also groups complementary services in French-inflected spa packages, some of which include a light lunch and a wink from a pygmy goat.
Sequestered from the fitness studio, cardio room, and kid center at St. Julian's Fitness, a quiet room plays host to massage therapy. Here, a duo of licensed massage therapists—Bethany Kovach and Ryan Debelak—improves muscle health with soothing hand movements. Both Bethany and Ryan possess the know-how to induce relaxation with gentle Swedish strokes, relieve chronic pain with firm deep-tissue kneads, and target areas of tension with a sports massage. However, Bethany alone practices Thai-yoga massage, which is performed on the floor without lotion, oil, or ranch dressing. Massage therapy is available without a gym membership, and guests are welcome to enjoy a 15-minute Jacuzzi session prior to each appointment.
Serenity Massage and Spa Studios specializes in massage, with licensed massage therapist Shae R. Culver leading the staff with more than 10 years of experience in the field. Shae’s goal is to carve out a haven for relaxation and the facilitation of holistic health, but outer beauty is not ignored here. They also staff stylists and manicurists in the salon section who offer haircuts and coloring, nail services, and waxing.
Tonia Patton does not define massage therapy as simply a relaxation session, but as a way to benefit the body from the inside out. She customizes each session to meet her clients’ needs, from an athlete’s regular soreness to an office worker’s constant tension. By calibrating her kneads, strokes, and stretches, she can help address a host of physical maladies and soothe minds in the process. Tonia's new massage studio surrounds her guests with soothing low light, calm music, and lavender aromas, creating an atmosphere more relaxing than napping in the sun after eating an entire wheel of cheese.
The laid-back, tranquil ambiance at Essentials Day Spa complements the relaxing massages that take place therein. Guests hear calming sounds and breathe in fragrant, soothing aromas as they arrive for a private couples massage or a Night Cap massage, which targets the scalp, neck, and feet to promote better sleep. For relief from pregnancy pains, women bearing a prescription signed by a doctor or board-certified stork can schedule a prenatal or postnatal massage performed by a licensed massage therapist who is also a Doulas of North America–trained birth doula.
Away from the massage table, the Essentials Day Spa crew also performs facials, mani-pedis, and onsite or on-location spa parties and travels to offices to deliver stress-reducing corporate-wellness massages.