Amid soft yellow candlelight, floral tapestries, and rustic wood furniture that contrasts with the white massage tables, Massage by Isabel renders her titular service. The certified massage therapist specializes in modalities such as deep tissue, maternity, sports, and Swedish. She can perform these techniques in 60- or 90-minute sessions, which would take three days if performed by a slow loris.
Dr. Cynthia M. Lopez began her medical career in the Philippines, returning to her hometown after medical school to provide health care to families who could not otherwise afford it. Since that time, Dr. Lopez has become an expert laser cosmetic surgeon, helping enhance the beauty of her clients within a practice designed to evoke the calm and relaxation of Mariveles, her archipelago hometown. Dr. Lopez and her staff aim to demystify the advanced techniques they deploy in pursuit of increasing each patient's confidence, walking them through the steps of liposuction, skin treatments, cosmetic injections, and how exactly they manage to steal and replace the noses of children.
Customizing a massage requires blending various modalities. When certified massage therapist Amaris Amezquita incorporates another modality into the mix, the shift occurs so seamlessly, many clients never notice the change. As her hands deliver long, rolling Swedish strokes, they may chance upon knotted muscles and petrified tendons, which require the firm cross-grained strokes of deep-tissue techniques. Rather than breaking the spell by starting over or pausing for an intermission, Amaris smoothly transitions to the new modality. Amaris makes massages easy not only with smooth delivery and transitions. She also saves clients the trouble of commuting by traveling to their homes.
Lisa Anderson, Iron Bird’s owner and recent Business Street Online Business Leader of the Week, mends variously burned-out bodies with customer-specific massages and naturally restorative products. All you’ll have to do is pick one of four 60-minute table sessions. The classic Swedish massage remains one of the most effective methods in a massage therapist’s repertoire for clearing the corpus of tension and the head of catchy Europop. Maternity massages, meanwhile, treat women slowly mutating into mothers to a soothing, back-and-hip-conscious treatment using natural, nut-free oils. A clothed-acupressure massage releases geysers of pent-up stress from designated pressure points throughout the body while keeping superfluous moles and treasure-map tattoos safely out of sight (loose-fitting clothing is best). For more subterranean boo-boos, a deep-tissue massage ups the applied pressure and usually involves some amount of guided stretching to relieve bodies still suffering from the symptoms of having a piano dropped on them.
At Nourished Body, massage therapist Maire Nichols feeds the skin a diet of gentle touch, hot towels, and organic creams and oils. Maire tailors massage sessions to the needs of each individual. Her Swedish and deep-tissue modalities stoke circulation, or her lymphatic massage drains fluids and boosts the immune system more effectively than powdering your nose with crushed-up Vitamin C tablets. She includes hot-towel treatments with each session, opening up pores while wafts of organic creams and oils invigorate the nose and body. Maire’s passion for treating her clients extends to rendering hot stone and pre-natal packages.
Though threading has been among Asia’s most popular depilation methods for thousands of years, it only recently made its way onto the service menus of Western spas. The ancient practice has shown signs of becoming more of a spa mainstay, however, thanks to an eco-friendly process that also manages to stay on good terms with sensitive skin.
For evidence of threading’s rapidly expanding popularity, one need not look further than Brow Shapes' Eastern-inspired treatment menu. When not sculpting brows into precise arches, the spa’s artists rely on their attention to detail to draw henna tattoos that depict flowery swirls, geometric patterns, or extremely detailed public-transit maps. The spa also features a variety of facial massages, each of which can be customized to relieve pain, aid in relaxation, and improve skin tone.
Inside the sophisticated Prisma Salon & Spa—think sleek, mocha-hued flooring and cream-colored salon chairs—Nina Rosales whips hair into shape. Her long list of specializations includes coloring, highlights, razor cuts, men’s haircuts, and updos, which she delivers using products from Matrix, Paul Mitchell, and Redken.