In his early days as a massage therapist, Sean Struxness was struck by the stark contrasts in quality between high-end and low-end spas, noticing a large gap between the two. He founded The Massage Spot to fill that gap, partly because he no longer wanted to mow the gap's out-of-control grass. Though it forgoes the locker rooms and showers that full day spas may offer, Struxness's mini day spa doesn't skimp on the tranquil atmosphere, as it features flickering candles, soothing music, and a relaxing zen area. The service menu isn't lacking, either; The Massage Spot's team of professionals performs haircuts and deep conditionings, nine types of facials, spa pedicures with aromatherapy soaks, and Western and Eastern styles of massage therapy.
Envisioned as a one-stop shop for beautification by founder and registered nurse Jennifer Salerno, Skin Savvé combines medical-spa and hair-design services under one well-coiffed roof. Medical spa director Dr. Simona Arcan oversees an expert staff that treats bodies to a range of services, from skin-rejuvenating microdermabrasion and photofacials to injectable Botox—preferable to injections of liquid youth, which smell like Play-Doh. Hair-design services begin with cuts and styling and extend to more advanced options such as extensions and Brazilian blowout treatments.
Oasis Thai Massage & Spa incorporates characteristics of popular massage techniques with traditional Thai methods to deliver whole-body relaxation. The body scrub kicks off the rejuvenating session by exfoliating dead skin cells, then relaxes bodies with hot essential oils that double as a source of aromatherapy. As the oils seep in and hydrate skin canvases, the procedure seamlessly switches gears to the combination massage. The massage therapist's appendages execute routines sourced from traditional Thai, Swedish, and deep-tissue massage. The hybrid mishmash of techniques also incorporates aspects of acupressure, passive yoga therapy, and reflexology to help clients restore their energy and attain the ability to scratch any part of their back with their mind.
For 30 years, the experienced allure artists at Hermosa Nail Co. have conjured smooth skin, elegant appendages, and eye-catching countenances with the beauty industry's latest techniques. During 30-minute Brazilians, a tide of warm wax consumes rouge bristle to leave ladies' nether regions silky, clearing men's Amazon-like areas for an additional fee of $20−$25.
Antoinette Van Dewark at Studio 7 is a professional, so, of course, she can perform most any salon service. But her specialty is color, and she's able to create anything from vibrant single-process color to perfectly blended highlights to trendy ombre effects.