Red Phoenix Wellness Center's founder, Lisa Shapiro, has been a licensed massage therapist for more than 32 years. During her career, she's had a chance to ply her stress-relieving skills on all types of bodies, including dancers, athletes, and bodybuilders. She even toured with the cast and crew of Bob Fosse's Dancin' in the early '80s, an experience that allowed her to perfect her dynamic skills and a mean sideways shuffle with a shoulder roll. Today, she continues to use her healing hands to treat everything from back and neck pain and sciatica to migraines and nerve impingement, drawing from modalities that range from basic Swedish to energizing shiatsu.
Driven by more than just a love of healthy food, Italian-born Massimo Guerrieri draws from a background in anatomy, pharmacology, and aesthetics as he helps patrons enhance their quality of life. Over the years, Massimo created his own thermal-wrap technology, the Thermal-Wrap5000, which was featured in Integrative Medicine: A Clinician's Journal and which he still uses today as part of his spa's weight-loss program. On select nights, he hosts free lectures that teach the benefits of using his thermal-wrap method in conjunction with a balanced Mediterranean diet.
With pads wrapped around the torso, hips, and thighs, the Thermal-Wrap5000 machine relies on gentle conductive heating to encourage perspiration, calorie burning, and the reduction of local fatty deposits. Visitors undergo treatments inside colorfully lit, wood-paneled suites crafted in Florence, which put minds at ease faster than seeing your face on a Not Wanted poster. In addition to weight loss, Vivinlinea's staff also performs spa treatments, soothing complexions with essential oils and microdermabrasion and coaxing out tension with shiatsu and hot-stone massages.
Amid amber-colored walls and brick-tile floors, the expert stylists, aestheticians, and massage therapists at Euphoria Beauty Lounge preen and polish physiques with a mélange of spa and salon services. After escorting each client to a chrome-edged salon chair, hair specialists sculpt and style ‘dos, add dimension with highlights, and inject bounce into locks to more effectively woo lovelorn slinkies. Waxing and electrolysis services for both men and women uproot unwanted fuzz from corporeal locales such as legs, eyebrows, and bikini zones, and massage therapy releases stress and anxiety through eight diverse modalities. For surface transformations, aestheticians prepare faces for special occasions with refining facials, revitalizing peels, and artful makeup application.
The staff at Isa Beauty helps wipe away the effects of aging with aesthetic services such as facials, massage, and waxing treatments. Deep-cleansing treatments clear out pores with fruit enzymes and plant-based products, and aromatherapy massages incorporate stress-reducing scents to induce serenity and olfactory guessing games. Isa Beauty also uses the G.M. Collin skincare line, which was developed by scientists in Canada specifically for skin in the North American climate.
Hanging from the ceiling of Kings Relax Center is a potpourri of 3D floral designs, which scatters the lighting in all directions—some of it reflects off the polished hardwood floors, some of it pokes through patterned shoji screens. But this is just the periphery; center in on the room and you’ll find rows of reclining beds, and past there, rooms with massage tables. Here, massage therapists soothe and relax tense bodies with traditional Asian bodywork. Gridlocked muscles unwind during body, face, and foot massages. Essential oils can be added to the mix, and ear candling helps dislodge built up wax, toxins, and the solidified sound waves of elevator music.
Soft music, scarlet blossoms, and sparkling chandeliers greet clients as they step through the doors of Aimee Hair Salon and Day Spa’s glass storefront. At comfortable barbering stations with ornate framed mirrors, stylists craft classic or contemporary haircuts, steeping tresses in dye or twisting locks into trendy bee condos. In private treatment rooms, aestheticians spruce up skin with facial treatments and laser-hair removal sessions, and massage therapists knead sinews. Rounding out the menu of services, nail technicians shellac the tips of fingers and toes and skincare professionals wax or thread away unwanted hair. Exposed brick walls surround the salon and its spa quarters, invoking a loft-like environment.
Named for the Sanskrit word for “desire,” Trishna attempts to fulfill a woman’s desire to be beautiful by delivering beauty treatments and laser hair-removal services. Trishna’s collection of facials uses herbal ingredients, diamonds, and gold to delay signs of aging, help lymphatic drainage, and oxygenate the skin, and microdermabrasions minimize fine lines, wrinkles, enlarged pores, and acne scars while adjusting uneven pigmentation. The spa staff renders skin smooth with various types of hair-removal treatments, including waxing, threading, laser hair removal, and scaring the hair out by suddenly wearing a good Halloween or Dwight Eisenhower mask.