Traditional Thai artwork brightens the dark-mahogany walls of Thiparpa Thai Massage in the light of chandeliers and flickering candles. From the floor of this flower-studded haven, therapists perform traditional Thai massages atop soft mattresses separated by opaque, glittering curtains. In their signature style, therapists use their bodies to move clients through positions that compress muscles, exercise joints, and mimic the poses of the therapist's childhood rag doll. Therapists can also incorporate Swedish massage and whiffs of aromatherapy. Thiparpa stays open until 9 p.m. daily, which provides patients ample time for a massage after work.
Oceanic claims to have spent about ten arduous years developing their foot massage, a process that erased the stress, and a few toes, of nearly 3,000 test subjects. Experience the decade's worth of relaxation channeled into every stroke. Start by reclining in a massage chair and soaking your feet in warm water scented with nutrients, herbs, and various marinades and marmalades. A ten-minute head and face massage builds tingly anticipation in the toes, which is followed by fifty minutes of slow, not too intense, rubbing, kneading, and finger walking that hits every major pressure point of the foot. Based upon the principals of reflexology—where sections of the foot are said to directly correspond with major organs and groups of nerves—a focused massage therapist will set out to awaken slumbering livers, calm overactive lymph nodes, and give purpose to gallbladders.
Any salon can make you look good for one day, but the best salons strive to help hair, skin, and nails become healthier so that they'll look great for weeks to come. At Idea Spa Salon, stylists use Aveda botanical conditioning treatments to soften strands and repair damage, and nail artists use paraffin dips to replenish hands' moisture. During Aveda facials, aestheticians incorporate everything from herbal masks and high-frequency light treatments to balance and brighten skin, creating a smooth, even canvas in time for an appointment with the salon's makeup artists or a blind date with a face-painting clown.
When she isn’t on location at photo shoots, weddings, or other events that require picture-perfect hair and makeup, Kristie Quiriconi is beautifying clients at Misfit Hair Design. It’s there that she cuts and colors hair, waxes unwanted body fuzz, and dusts faces with subtle or glam makeup, enhancing natural features or concealing the identity of a client busted for stealing the last slice of pizza.
Theresa, the aesthetician at Rejuvinate & Eternity, came upon her profession after her own struggle with skin conditions led to regular visits with skincare professionals. Seeing how maintenance programs could reduce and prevent skin outbreaks, she took up skin physiology and chemistry and relayed her experience and knowledge into her own practice. Now, Theresa pares down signs of acne, stress lines, and loose pores with facials for women, men, and teens. She cites rejuvenation and relaxation as the goals of her practice and complements skincare regimens with hot-stone treatments that remove toxins and relax muscles bound up by tension and stress. Theresa also travels to her clients’ homes to perform facials for a convenient and private treatment.