After working in spas for two decades, French-educated massage therapist and paramedical esthetician Chrys Straiton founded Studio Blu Spa, envisioning a tranquil retreat where she could continue to advance her skills while pampering clients with facials, massages, and skincare services.
When selecting the team for her new spa, Chrys deferred to experience—each of her licensed nail technicians, for example, has roughly a decade of practice. During microdermabrasions, back facials, and other skincare treatments, Chrys and her staff wield G.M. Collin products derived from natural botanical extracts and finely blended teddy-bear stuffing. G.M. Collin was one of the first brands to integrate collagen into its formulas, and Studio Blu’s devotion to the skincare line evinces both the spa’s openness to innovation and its results-oriented approach.
Echo Salon's skilled stylists and skincare specialists employ high-quality products, but their experience is the most valuable tool in their kits. Each staffer has worked in the industry for at least a decade, and draws upon that knowledge to pamper clients from head to toe. The salon menu goes beyond cuts and styles with treatments such as Great Lengths extensions, keratin treatments, permanent weaves, and relaxers.
Mark Lohmann's interest in health began when he witnessed its absence. As a child, he saw family members struggle with debilitating disease, and he began to wonder about ways he could restore their health. When he grew older and hopped on a track to become a yacht chef, Lohmann explored nutrition and often massaged his own shoulders to cope with "the long grueling hours spent on [his] feet for some two decades." When his parents' ailing health called him home in 2003, Lohmann began formally training in bodywork—starting with Active Isolated Stretching—before opening Planet Massage in 2005.
Lohmann's team of more than 10 licensed massage therapists tends to patients with medically based bodywork, often combining multiple modalities and products. The muscle masons further coddle clients with foot massages, heat packs, and Biofreeze, a paraben-free gel designed to relieve pain and make portrait subjects sit still for up to 20 hours. Planet Massage's crew can be dispatched for mobile massage appointments, and members also lead classes and workshops that guide clients through basic kneading techniques.
Organic Day Spa's licensed and insured technicians pamper weary bodies with a plethora of services that employ only organic products. During the 60-minute aromatherapy massage ($90)—one of the spa's nine massages—massage therapists use flowing strokes and fragrant oils to relieve tension, stress, and back pain caused by excessive somersaulting. Herbal oils gently flow over third-eye areas in the one-hour Shirodhara healing therapy treatment ($95), polishing foreheads before dexterous fingers gently massage skulls. Pamper digits with a manicure ($17) or pedicure ($37), or rejuvenate faces with the organic-pumpkin-enzyme peel ($60), which can diminish wrinkles caused by sun exposure or by repeated winks at the person who lives in the mirror.
The licensed massage and cranial-sacral therapists of Healing Hands Medical Massage administer specialized manual therapies in order to ease physical pain and promote healthy minds. Through gentle manipulations of the neck and skull, the therapists correct restrictions and imbalances in the cranial-sacral system, striving to relieve chronic aches—such as those associated with migraines or fibromyalgia—and emotional stress. During reflexology treatments, they stimulate specific pressure points located on the feet, each area tied to a larger bodily system. The sessions promote increased relaxation and are ideal for clients who never want to take off their Hulk costumes. Those willing to expose their real back muscles can enjoy Swedish, deep-tissue, prenatal, or hot-stone massages. Healing Hands Medical Massage also provides corporate services such as onsite chair massages and acupuncture.
Luxurious treatments pamper clients at Deluxe Center Spa. Crushed pearls and cashmere compose an anti-aging facial that firms and tones the skin; hot volcanic stones coupled with aromatic massage oil seep tension from muscles during hot-stone massages; and a sea-salt scrub rids epidermises of dead, flaky cells, allowing fresh, hydrated skin to appear. The richness of the ingredients matches the richness of the service menu, allowing clients to put their best faces, feet, or third eyes forward.