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.
At Nature's Design, massage therapist Cindy Petrushkin only uses natural massage creams and oils to customize massages to each client's individual needs. The products, which are marketed by Mother Nature herself, augment Swedish, tui na, deep-tissue, warm-stone, and Thai massages. Benefits of Petrushkin's massages range from relaxation to alleviated tension.
Five years ago, Sean Carter closed himself inside an isolation float tank for the first time. In that small space, he discovered a whole new world, unbounded by gravity. He enjoyed a relaxed mind, enhanced creativity, and a soothing break from the bustling outside world. He loved his experience so much that he decided he had to share it with others by founding Float Fresno with his wife Carolina Carter. Though he still makes regular use of his equipment, hopping inside one of the tanks isn't actually Sean's favorite part about his job. He says he most enjoys watching people of all ages find a bit of personal peace within the float tank.
His float tank is an enclosed light and sound proof environment, with a shallow solution of water and 1,300 pounds of dissolved Epsom salts. Sanitized by state-of-the-art UV light and Ozone generators the solution is maintained at 94.5 degrees to further help clients lose all sense of external stimuli, ultimately leading to a state of relaxation and the ability to free vast regions of the mind. Flotation therapy sessions provide a number of benefits, including speeding muscle recovery, providing relief from arthritis, and boosting the immune system.
Brands Used: Float Lab
Staff Size: 1 person
Parking: Free street parking
Minimum Age Requirement: 18
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.
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.
The dentists and aestheticians at Dental Spa on First combine forces to help realize a wide range of beauty and health goals. Dr. Amin and his team examine mouths for signs of disease, straighten crooked chompers with Invisalign, and remove unruly wisdom teeth. The staff aims to relax clients during appointments by covering them with blankets for warmth, massaging their hands, and playing movies that aren’t about famous car alarms. The aestheticians, on the other hand, snip off split ends, apply makeup, and remove dead skin with chemical peels. In a private room with earthen-hued walls and abstract artwork, massage therapists glide their hands along muscles, unraveling knots and relieving achy joints.