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.
Tiffany Holmes, a certified Prenatal massage and bodywork therapist, tailors her techniques to address each client’s symptoms and boost his or her mental and physical harmony. Tiffany also takes the time to talk with each client before each treatment to assess their goals to ensure the best possible results. Her repertoire of techniques includes Swedish, hot-stone, deep-tissue, sports, and prenatal massage. She also uses a targeted combination of Biofreeze and warm towels to loosen tense sinews or cryogenically preserve them. Helm isn’t yoked to her studio, either: she brings her services to clients on location, kneading knots in offices and at parties.
Tiffany Holmes, Licensed Massage & Bodywork Therapist #9393
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.
Treating tense muscles is like bargain hunting—it can conserve a lot of money in the long run but shouldn’t be done with the aid of a shady character in a dark alley. Amid soothing décor featuring earthy tones and violet hues, clients of Massage Envy begin their 90-minute session with an initial consultation that determines which customized massage will provide the best results. For example, a sports massage provides treatment specific to the athlete’s sport, reflexology targets points on the extremities to balance the nervous system, and deep-tissue massage unties knots while relieving chronic muscle tension. Trigger-point therapy alleviates tight areas within muscle tissue through cycles of isolated pressure and release, while a Swedish massage relaxes the whole body with long, gliding strokes. The professional massage therapists at Massage Envy will apply the necessary muscle treatment with pinpoint precision and buttery smoothness during convenient hours, including evenings and weekends.
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.
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.