Though she found her work as a nurse fulfilling, Ruth Cassetta-Keefe wanted to do even more to help people live long and healthy lives. She found the answer to her wishes in massage therapy and took to the field with aplomb, quickly earning her license and achieving additional certifications in shiatsu and reiki therapies. The name of Ruth’s massage studio—Connections Massage—alludes to her ability to blend various modalities in each of her treatments. Though her custom massages capably address sources of stress and anxiety, her holistic approach centers on healing aches caused by poor posture, injuries, or carrying one’s boss around the office in a solid-gold sedan chair.
As the name implies, Beyond Basic Massage offers more than just typical, by-the-book massage treatments. Massage therapist Rory Adams strives to exceed even the highest of expectations while doling out full 60- and 90-minute massages. After clients slip into a relaxed state, Rory goes to work kneading and treating backs. His Swedish massage focuses on stress relief, and deep-tissue treatments zero in on hard-to-reach muscle aches. Rory is also proficient in sports massage, a technique that tackles stiff musculature, and injury massage for those who want to target painful muscle groups after recklessly attempting to put stockings on a horse.
Spirit Salon's upscale spa environment houses high-end products, a skilled staff, and a recently remolded pedicure room. A team of stylists cultivates fine coifs during hair services. After administering indulgent manicures and pedicures, nail technicians dollop fingers with CND nail polish or the residual ketchup that never seems to fully come out of those packets. Like a traveling pro-sports team, the salon staff can also take to the road with mobile services. The salon professionals can be booked for weddings, bachelorette parties, or baby showers. At these events, they cut hair, do nails, and even perform facials.
Nestled in the crook of a banister, receptionists greet guests before they ascend the adjacent staircase to Robert Markley Salon Spa, passing a large polished steel pot along the way. The staircase leads to a waiting area furnished with modern armchairs and a Googie-inspired light fixture. Exposed utilitarian ceilings float above a row of minimalistic salon stations with white barber chairs, where stylists perform services such as haircuts and highlights with Aveda products. Spa treatments include facials, massage, and makeup lessons for clients who have had a falling out with their lipstick.
Though she's highly trained in a multitude of massage techniques, Jasmine most often finds herself employing the popular Swedish and deep-tissue massages. Both modalities soothe achy and tight muscles and help relieve stress. She also offers myofascial-release massages, which help improve range of motion, so clients can eventually just massage their own backs.
Although licensed massage therapist Elias Sanchez has been trained to memorize the body's complex map of muscles, he understands that everyone's body is different. During his relaxing integrated massages, he intuitively seeks out areas of tension. That's how he's able to customize massages to each individual's specific needs.