The Millers envisioned a beauty resource for western New York – a place where creativity would flourish and clients would be treated like royalty; style would be up-to-the-minute and education ongoing. Until now, brands like Jo Malone, Oribe, Aqcua di Parma, and Kai were only to be found in major cities, hours away.
Sophisticut Spa's talented team draws on alternative therapy techniques to treat the aches and anxieties of tired skeletal frames in an airy, open space of smooth wood floors and potted plants. The spa's Reiki practitioner harnesses the pure, high-wattage energy of life into his or her hands, and then places those hands either on or over the areas surrounding your body's chakras. All you have to do is relax and be open, and the energy will flow through you, assuming Darth Vader doesn't hurl your Reiki practitioner down the spa's reactor shaft. Similar to a dad's rationale for missing your Little League game, every treatment is different, but patients have reported experiencing tingly sensations, a pleasant heat or coolness, increased healing ability, and a blissful night's sleep afterward. The 60-minute Swedish massage, meanwhile, kneads out knots, picks the stress raisins out of your body-dough, and exiles tension to a small, windswept island in the Atlantic. Though their physical effects differ, both of Sophisticut Spa's relaxing treatments will clear your mind goo of sticky negativity.
For more than a decade, Carol Kennedy has explored the potential of massage therapy, eschewing the idea that massage is a mere luxury in favor of a staunchly therapeutic paradigm. When she isn't continuing her education, she massages clients in two quiet, calm settings. Inside her St. Paul Boulevard office, plum-colored walls and wooden bookshelves surround clients as they lie next to a faux fireplace adorned with a red-and-white tapestry. Her Perrin Drive location is inside a stately two-story house, where Carol rubs elbows with two chiropractors. She kicks off each massage session with a brief health assessment before she employs a medley of techniques—including deep-tissue massage, trigger-point therapy, and hot-stone massage—to mend muscles burdened by stress or by their overly ornate shoulder pads.
Shortly after earning his license to practice massage therapy, Todd DeKramer started working in a chiropractic clinic—an experience that would eventually lead to his specialization in pain management. Todd had been interested in the field since his days as a pitcher for Monmouth University, where he gained a firsthand understanding of athletic injuries and was introduced to some of the same sports-therapy treatments that he practices today.
As the therapist behind Rochester On-Site Massage, Todd travels to locations throughout the city to alleviate aches with onsite chair massages that begin with relaxing Swedish strokes and culminate in quick kneads. His couples massage classes teach pairs to solve their differences with relaxing strokes or firm—perhaps too firm—deep-tissue pressure.
“Pamper Yourself," two words stamped in gold that command all who enter Therapeutic Massage & Bodyworks' domain, asway with lush greenery. With this mandate always in mind and therapeutic scents lingering in the air, ice-cold goblets of lemon water or steaming cups of herbal tea comfort guests losing themselves in the fireplace’s warm, flickering ballet. Gentle exhalations stir the still air, raising scents that hint at fistfuls of rose petals and fruit-based masks that harness the same natural powers as the fine mud and fresh avocados enhancing the salon’s full-body treatments. A reliance on the bounty of Mother Nature carries through into massage treatments that use warm seashells to chase away stress. Skincare and body waxing are performed by licensed aestheticians who hold secondary certification in zamboni operation.