Zen Massage's licensed therapists run their nimble fingers across backs and shoulders, healing fatigued muscles with eight massage modalities inspired by Eastern and Western traditions. While gliding strokes promote overall relaxation, firm taps hone in on stubborn knots in upper backs and rough-hewn peg legs. Zen Swedish and deep-tissue massages penetrate muscles with varying degrees of pressure, and neuromuscular therapy stimulates specific trigger points to call a truce between bickering body systems. A reiki energy treatment or blend of pure, essential aromatherapy oils coddles the senses while soothing strokes bring peace to beleaguered muscles.
Beauty is a family business at Valeria Salon Med Spa Boutique, where co-owner Geri Palillo has been working side by side with her three daughters and a staff of more than 30 handpicked beauty experts for nearly a decade. Born into a family of cosmetic pioneers, Geri's own journey found her graduating from the classrooms of Vidal Sassoon and rubbing elbows with industry big wigs and their wigs at New York's Redken 5th Avenue Exchange. Today, when she's not busy personally selecting the Ray-Ban sunglasses and designer handbags that fill the shelves of Valeria's boutique, she continues to show off her styling finesse in the sunlit, marble-floored salon that constitutes one third of the business, showing her cutting-edge knowledge of the latest hairstyles through cuts, coloring, perms, up-dos, and straightening treatments.
Meanwhile, on the spa side of this three-part beauty haven, guests relax in private, Tommy Bahama-themed rooms as one of Geri's highly trained therapists and aestheticians administers one of six types of massage or body wraps ripe with natural ingredients such as ocean salt, ginger, or white tea. Facials tend to sensitive skin or revitalize dried out visages, and can also address the unique ailments of the male face, such as pores left from make-out sessions with monster trucks. The service menu also includes med spa treatments, such as laser hair removal, skin tightening and spider vein treatments and wrinkle-smoothing injections of Botox and Juvederm, as well as professional teeth whitening that combines the stain lifting powers of peroxide and light.
For licensed massage and bodywork therapist Diana Hall, the body is as great a sanctuary as the mind. Customized around each client's individual needs and propensity to play catch with the head of a marble statue, Diana's Swedish and deep-tissue massages help increase circulation and flexibility as well as reduce discomforts such as stress and muscle tightness. To enrich mental well-being, Diana draws upon her life-coaching skills by arranging events such as lectures in which attendees learn to transform their negative thoughts into positive, empowering mantras.
Giovana Frei left her native Brazil to fine-tune healing techniques as a nurse, nurse instructor, and licensed massage therapist. Now as owner of Lemongrass Massage Therapy, Giovana soothes achy musculature with her specialty bodywork. Though her specialty is in neuromuscular therapy, Giovana can also alleviate tension with a traditional Thai massage or deep-tissue pressure.
Within a renovated house built in the 1920s, Professional Body Wrap Studio and Spa lulls clients into a state of deep relaxation. Massages melt tense muscles and body wraps work to detoxify bodies in private treatment rooms. Infrared saunas house sweating humans and imprisoned yetis. Throughout the modernized house, flat-screen televisions hypnotize clients as they nestle beneath thermal blankets or recline in heated massage chairs.