The Magic Touch's therapist infuses bodies with relaxation using the art of massage. Swedish and deep-tissue techniques unravel knotted muscles and ease deep-seated pain. Heated stones and aromatherapy further ease tension. The therapist also beautifies bodies with Dead Sea mud body treatments, slimming seaweed gel wraps, and Vinatherapy wine wraps, which imbue the skin with anti-oxidants.
Essentials Massage & Facials' Spa professionals relax weary bodies with a collection of therapeutic services. Soothing massages employ a collection of kneads, strokes, and manipulations to reduce tension and disentangle body knots, with luxurious add-ons such as paraffin treatments and aromatherapy. The skin-savvy techs also rid frames of unwanted stubble with waxing services, smooth out wrinkles with chemical peels and microdermabrasion, and soften countenances with professional skincare products during facials.
Under crisp, clean sheets in Serene Bodyworks studio, clients await the expert of hands of a licensed massage therapist Anita Griffin, whose firm fingers endeavor to activate endorphins, improve skin and circulation, and alleviate aches. Clutching today's Groupon, new clients can receive 60 minutes of any massage on Serene Bodyworks' buffet, including deep-tissue massage, Swedish massage, lymphatic drainage, and spicy beets. The deep-tissue (or neuromuscular) massage targets specific aching areas, using focused pressure to help ease pain and tension. As if dealing with play dough, the Swedish massage molds and manipulates muscles into relaxed torpor, often roughly resembling small dinosaurs. Light pressure and soft pumping movements help stimulate the lymphatic system during a manual lymphatic drainage, jump-starting metabolism and subduing swelling.
A wildly successful alternative to traditional day spas?its more than 250 locations blanket 36 states and eight countries?Planet Beach Spa is a futuristic relaxation station where state-of-the-art machines administer all the spa and tanning services. These friendly automatons sometimes replace familiar treatments, as in the Luminous facial, a light-based service that delivers blemish-busting results similar to those of a conventional facial. But other equipment maps out new spa territory entirely: the Hydro-Derma Fusion chamber moisturizes the whole body with nutrient-rich steam in order to offset the effects of a dry climate or a rear-end collision with a salt truck. The range of services include total skincare, wellness, weight management, relaxation and renewal treatments. Other machines whiten teeth, spray-tan skin, and massage muscles. Planet Beach operates on a gym-style membership system, meaning that members purchase packages or pay flat monthly rates. As members spend more time at the spa, they get to know the helpful assistants who are always on hand to demonstrate how to use the equipment without activating its ability to cry.
Studio 210 Salon founder Sohelia has more than 15 years of experience behind her, but still she shines the spotlight on her coworkers, gushing on the staff page about her salon's "house full of energetic and enthusiastic hair stylists." Her team of makeup artists bring with them their own distinctions, including Catherine, a former model and theatrical costume designer, and Casey, a makeup and hair department head for E! Entertainment. The entire beauty team, working in conjunction with massage expert Kim, devotes themselves to subtle, feature-flattering makeovers or aesthetic overhauls on par with Picasso's shift from his blue period to his burndt-sienna phase.
Behind an exposed brick wall, clients at David Andrew Hair Salon & Skin Care Center perch on black styling chairs as stylists clip their locks. The skilled staff does more than basic haircuts, though; their service menu includes full highlights, deep-conditioning treatments, smoothing keratin treatments, and hair extensions. Equally as skilled are the aestheticians who man the salon’s skincare branch, where clients seek out waxing services, chemical peels, and intricate facials such as the collagen facial, which tightens the skin’s surface to fight the signs of aging.