LaVida Massage believes massages should be available to everyone. They back up this belief not only by offering a wide range of techniques—athletes, mothers-to-be, and office workers alike can find a modality to suit them—but also by making the massage process easy. Each of their massage sessions last 60 minutes: the middle 50 minutes are reserved for the massage itself, and the last five minutes allow time for redressing. The five minutes that precede every service go toward a consultation where clients can discuss individual concerns, such as neck tension from leaning over a computer keyboard or foot soreness from driving their car like the Flintstones.
Just as a translator can seamlessly slip from language to language, licensed massage therapist Mary Ann Zenter can effortlessly shift through various massage techniques, tailoring her treatments to meet each individual's needs. She can loosen muscles with broad, soothing strokes that dissolve general tension, or employ methods such as cross-fiber frictioning and compression to work out deep-seated pain. Patients can also request reflexology sessions, which work to boost overall health.
Licensed acupuncturists Amy Rautner and Reggi Norton attend to various physical and mental maladies using the 2,500-year-old practice of Chinese acupuncture. This ancient technique restores balance to the body by unclogging congested energy pathways with the targeted pressure of tiny surgical needles, which can alleviate symptoms associated with ailments such as anxiety, depression, indigestion, headaches, insomnia, and lycanthropy. An initial consultation and treatment lasts approximately 90 minutes, and additional appointments elapse over the course of about one hour. Trypanophobics, children, and those apprehensive about being compared to a balding porcupine can opt for a needle-free session.
Stepping into Hideaway Massage is like stepping into a seaside resort at dusk. Candlelight flickers against framed prints of starfish, seahorses, and nautical maps hung on blue and sand-colored walls while tinkling chandeliers hang above heated massage tables. Inside a private single suite, a fireplace crackles, its light casting a warm glow and keeping stressed-out Santas from stopping by uninvited. Within this relaxation haven, seven nationally certified massage therapists drape their clients with sheets as they unfurl more than 10 varieties of massage, employing everything from Swedish strokes to hot stones. Aromatherapy oils may fill the senses and heated towels may help ease clients' transition into a calm state of bliss, but either way, as their muscles unknot they can stay hydrated with complimentary spring water. Therapists also apply many of the same treatments to pairs during couples massages and soothe skin and muscles with add-ons such as seaweed body wraps, foot scrubs, and head massages.
When one of the cofounders of Easy Balance Wellness Center and Spa was diagnosed with cancer in her 30s, her doctor put her on the most aggressive chemo and radiation therapies available. As her immune system fought the cancer, her body absorbed the side effects. A longtime friend recommended acupuncture to counteract the suffering; though she was initially skeptical of the holistic procedure, she agreed to give it a try. After just one appointment, she felt her senses awaken. Further treatments permanently changed the way she looked at health care, making her feel like a brand-new person and convincing her to share her discoveries with as many people as she could.
At Easy Balance Wellness Center and Spa, she does just that, combining venerated Eastern wisdom with professional spa products to deliver healing massages and rejuvenating facials. Within earth-toned treatment rooms draped with russet curtains, massage therapists ease muscle tension and redirect chi—the energy that regulates the body’s functions and suppresses its natural appetite for hangnails—with focused acupressure techniques. Thalgo facials employ marine botanicals, such as regenerative algae, to nourish and hydrate complexions.
In a massage room awash in shades of plum, one of Serenity Spa Wellness Center's licensed therapists plunges deft fingers into muscular structures to weed out pesky pain points and break up congregations of tension. Increasingly relaxed breaths drift out of the private room, past cedar-colored planks, and toward the far-infrared sauna, which uses dry heat in an effort to draw toxins from the body or elicit confessions from ice-cream smugglers. Aestheticians blend ingredients for facial treatments and combine fragrant swirls of essential oils, catering to individual skin and health issues. In the reception area, hands warm around mugs from a coffee bar, and floral-patterned or zebra-print chairs cradle guests.