The licensed massage therapists at Wu-Sa Massage believe in the healing power of bodywork. They tout the pain- and stress-reducing benefits of massage in its many incarnations. Modalities offered here include classic Swedish massage, more focused deep-tissue massage, and prenatal massage for those expecting a visit from a stork or a baby. Quick 30-minute sessions address aches in one area of the body, whereas luxurious 120-minute massages allow for a more thorough kneading of the entire body.
The staff at Elan Designs layer treatments to soothe all of the senses during each visit. Spa guests wrap themselves in robes and slippers, which slip off for dips in whirlpools perfumed with Sacred Earth essential oils and body therapies that melt away toxins and muscle tension. Soothing paraffin-wax baths and massages augment facials, which clear up problems ranging from rosacea to hormonal acne with Murad products. In the salon, stylists deftly transition between men's, women's, and kids' cuts, while faces and digits are enhanced with cosmetics.
A collection of vibrant, abstract paintings brighten the white corridors of Urban Oasis Day Spa, where aestheticians engage in a similar curatorial enterprise during the design of their skincare treatments. Each regime for face or body starts with the client and is built for his or her skin type. Technicians use tonics from notable brands or unusual techniques, such as galvanic electrocurrent therapy, which is integrated into every facial. Dermalogica tonics exfoliate with lightweight, natural vegetable oils rather than mineral oil and hydrate with aromatic essential oils and silk proteins synthesized by Barry White's vocal chords. The team also polishes complexions with the SkinCeuticals product line, favoring a serum that earned Allure magazine's 2011 Best of Beauty Award for Best Anti-Aging Antioxidant.
The spa evokes the elegance of a gallery, not only through its modern art but also through its high ceilings and a minimalist design scheme rendered in cream. Skin becomes a canvas in private chambers, where it may be primed for display with wax, bronzer, or a critique by a Village Voice writer. For special events, the pedicure hall's porcelain foot basins can be filled with flower petals, and the shimmering fabric banners separating each throne lose their functionality and appear solely as savvy, refined decorating.
Better Way Gourmet was born out of the frustration that can result from trying to cook at home while balancing a busy schedule. As a company, its singular goal is to streamline the process of nutritious and gourmet eating for its clients, taking care of the planning of meals so they don't have to. To that end, Better Way's meal plans may be accessed online with weekly menu plans, shopping lists, and brand recommendations. The site accommodates those with dietary restrictions with healthy homestyle and gluten-free meal plans.
Better Way also strives to foster a gourmet cooking community. The site hosts forums, regular articles, and members-only handshakes to keep people in the loop with recipes and other happenings within the online gourmet-cooking network.
Signature service: Delivered, gourmet, unprocessed meals
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Brands Used: Victory Meals
Pro Tip: Enjoy your healthy food. Tell us about your health goals. Take pleasure in the convenience.
Describe a time your services really changed a client's life for the better.
Our services take the stress out of finding healthy, affordable food for busy professionals and for home-makers. Clients tell us they save two hours per day shopping for, preparing, and cleaning up after meals. Our clients tell us they overcome their struggle with excess weight, fatigue, and brain fog. They say that their doctors take them off of medications related to diabetes, blood pressure and cholesterol. It's a joy to hear these reports.
Besides making clients happy, what do you like most about your job?
I like hearing that clients love the gourmet food. I love hearing that clients move away from a variety of illnesses from vague aches and pains to severe diabetes. I really enjoy educating. I'm a doctor of nutrition in the field of why people choose processed foods. I like helping people understand why they choose 'bad' foods so they don't feel so guilty.
Sometimes it's all about the little things in life. What supplemental courtesies do you include with your main services to leave clients with a smile on their face?
Our chef, Jessica Lynn, works closely with clients to make sure we're sending them food they really enjoy. 'Picky' eaters are thrilled to find easy, fun, varied meals that they love. People with food allergies get the security of knowing they won't get foods that their allergic to.
People who think they can't afford delivered meals are so happy to find that our pricing is comparable to fast food and much less than restaurant food.
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