The sound of gentle rainfall and the warm flicker of candlelight create a peaceful environment inside the treatment room at Total Relaxation Massage, where certified massage therapist Christine Sookoo works to soothe pain and stress. Visitors relax on a heated bed while she kneads their muscles with warm oils, loosening tissues and dissipating tension. Also a certified hypnotist, Sookoo conducts hypnotism sessions and energy work.
Once guests step through the doors at Anew Day Spa, they begin a mini vacation from mental and physical discomfort. By the time they are ready to walk back out and return to their lives, clients will have topped off their stores of relief and tranquility. In between, they can opt to sit in chairs and relax as relief cascades from sore shoulders and backs, or let therapists pore over their whole bodies as they decompress on massage tables. During reflexology sessions, a trained therapist applies liberating pressure to the feet to relieve pain all over the body and thank toes for teaching children how to accurately identify different kinds of piggies.
Many of the stylists at Jovance Salon & Barbering have held their licenses for more than 20 years, which means they bring a full generation of experience to each haircut and beauty treatment. Using products from brands such as Aveda, MoroccanOil, and Get Fresh, they style and color new hairdos according to their clients' preferences. In a separate gentlemen's room, barbers cut hair, trim beards, and reposition monocles.
At Hibiscus Boutique Spa, clients’ relaxation begins before their appointments, with soft music playing in the lobby where a fountain gently bubbles. Each appointment begins with a consultation that helps the staff personalize massages, facials, and spa services to optimally satisfy each guest’s unique needs. The staff blends more than 150 raw ingredients including clays, herbs, essential oils, and flower waters to craft their own masks, toners, and serums in-house. Visitors may enjoy complimentary herbal tea and chocolate during their stay.
The certified massage therapists at Healing Through Massage compare the human body to a musical instrument: both need to be kept in tune to function optimally. Using relaxing Swedish strokes, deep-tissue pressure, and shiatsu techniques, they work to restore the body to balance. Patrons can also opt for reflexology sessions, during which therapists apply precise pressure to the feet and hands.
Michelle Lynn Battermann draws upon nearly two decades of experience in the fields of holistic medicine, nutrition, and wellness. Those skills come in handy at Thairapeutics, the salon, spa, and health center she’s owned and run since 2003. In her years of researching healing methods from the East and West, she's earned certifications as a massage therapist, a personal trainer, a naturopathic doctor, a nutrition specialist, a barber, and a cosmetologist—and she brings all of these to bear during her work at Thairapeutics. Her clients might include injured athletes, those looking to lose weight, and patrons in need of pain relief. Michelle and her staff tackle the issues at hand with a holistic outlook, addressing physical symptoms as well as mental ones.
While fixing these issues, the team tends to rely on chemical-free plant-based products. Formulas from Eminence Organics augment facials, and Innersense Beauty haircare serums strengthen locks. Thairapeutics also devises 6- to 12-week programs around specific goals or ailments. A nutrition program, for example, covers procedures for improving hair and skin in addition to dietary guidance, and a program for chronic stress blends Eastern massage therapies with focused stretching and breathing exercises.