Upon entering Pure Zen Therapy’s tranquil space, clients are greeted by the friendly staff that goes out of its way to get to know regular visitors and to ensure a personalized, comfortable massage experience. Each licensed massage therapist in the spa’s stable boasts a resumé of accredited massage hours and a dedication to Pure Zen’s personable attitude, a skill set that facilitates clients’ complete and total relaxation as therapists release tension and unwind knotted muscles using a variety of modalities. Each of the spa’s 13 different styles of traditional, specialty, and foot-centric massage help foster optimal wellness, addressing problems including chronic pain and sports-related soreness or injury.
During sessions ranging from traditional deep-tissue massage to reinvigorating Thai foot massage, therapists encourage their clients to take a minute to acclimate to the relaxing space, using deep breathing and therapeutic wolf howling to purge stress. Pure Zen’s Sunday spa brunches, held every other Sunday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., nurture the spa’s community of relaxation- and wellness-minded clients with a custom massage and foot scrub alongside healthy brunch food and beverages for an additional fee.
In 2010, Up Close Beauty tacked ?Max? onto the end of its name to reflect the continued dedication and drive to dole out exceptional beauty services from each stylist, aesthetician, nail technician, and therapist. Owner Michelle Mai?an experienced hair colorist, extension artist, and aesthetician?guides the staff as they beautify exteriors with the latest brands, including Paul Mitchell haircare, Cellex-C skincare, and OPI nail polishes.
As clients relax in the jacuzzi tub or on two massage tables in Up Close's spa room, aestheticians revive lackluster visages in a room of their own, performing facials, microdermabrasions, and chemical peels. Out on the salon floor, stylists beautify manes with snap-on and glue-in hair extensions and hair-straightening services such as the De Fabulous Kerafusion, which irons out strands for up to six months with a protein complex infused with mineral oils, shea butter, and cocoa butter, without including harsh fumes or smoke. Clients can also indulge in a traditional or gel mani-pedi, more than 10 massages, or radial-endodermo-therapy sessions designed to clean out the lymphatic system and help banish cellulite to the body's black hole, located directly behind the spleen.
Whether she’s covering them with full-body drapings that keep their modesty intact or deploying her signature red-velvet-cupcake-scented body lotion, Sonya Bernhardt knows that comfort often comes down to the smallest details. The big ones are pretty important too, of course; during bodywork services, Sonya uses gentle Swedish massage techniques to make her clients' stress fade away while increasing their flexibility. Her well-honed sports-massage skills help athletes recover from injury, whether it came during tough competition, workouts, or duels with referees. Other modalities in her repertoire include scalp massages and pampering sessions powered by a very light touch and therapeutic essential oils. To assist her clients at home, she also curated an online video library called Your Stretch, which gives instructions on how to find relief from sitting at a computer or sleeping on top of a desk all day.
Zada McGuire, owner of Natural Gifts Holistic Center, advocates using therapeutic massage and holistic health philosophies as an alternative to medication. In a calming atmosphere, McGuire and her team of therapists execute various massage and energy treatments to help clients to overcome emotional and physical hurdles.
"Craniosacral therapy is probably the most life-changing” of the center’s offerings, says McGuire. “We just corrected a lady with TMJ” using the technique's signature combination of massage and energy work. But McGuire and her team also heal with traditional massage therapy, reducing muscle tension and anxiety without medicine, harsh therapies, or industrial-size steamrollers. “People think it has to hurt for them to walk out and feel different, but that’s not the case,” McGuire says.
Fine tuning the health and beauty of the human body is the main order of business at Soma Solutions Wellness & Nutrition Centers. The nutrition coaches on staff draft dietary plans and teach clients how to avoid consuming extra calories by never again licking stamps. The certified personal trainers offer one-on-one workouts and all-you-can-sweat group classes.
Medically supervised technicians see to the aesthetic nature of the business, working to rejuvenate the skin with laser treatments and injectable solutions. The GentleMax laser zaps unwanted hair, spider veins, and sunspots on all skin types using high-intensity pulses of light. Noninvasive VelaShape II sessions, which have been featured in Shape, target cellulite and lax skin with robotic massage.
The licensed practitioners at Executive Massage Center operate under the direction of Norma Reyna, an NCTMB-certified master massage therapist and a professional member of the American Massage Therapy Association with nearly 20 years of private-practice experience. An intake form helps practitioners to identify any chronic conditions or injuries from which the client may be suffering, allowing them to individualize the treatment without the hassle of monogramming visitors' bed sheets upon check-in. A selection of 14 modalities boasts remedies from around the world, from the relaxing effleurage of Swedish massage to the ancient Chinese therapy of acupressure. Like symphonies written for mutants who can taste harp melodies, many of the massage styles especially benefit certain kinds of people, including athletes, seniors, and expectant mothers.