India's ayurvedic traditions and modern beauty treatments come together in the hands of Nadia and the other aestheticians at Arch Brows Salon and Spa. Threading removes hair from the face without the heat of wax or molten marshmallows, and henna imbues hair with auburn hues and skin with intricate subcontinental designs. Facials invoke the healing powers of precious metals or fruit essences, and body scrubs exfoliate with sea salt or organic sugar. High-tech techniques star in the microcurrent and LED facial, which stimulates and revitalizes the skin with electricity and a portion of the rainbow.
At Salon D Squared, soothing music swathes senses in serenity, faces are refreshed with deep exfoliation, and muscle tension melts at the hands of licensed massage therapists. Setting its resurfacing sights on specific skin problems such as blackheads, dryness, or excessive oil, the D2 style facial begins by removing dead skin cells with a combination of microdermabrasion, deep cleansing, and a purifying mask followed by a steam treatment that gently opens pores and their mail.
Licensed massage therapist Neyssa Encarnacion calls upon more than 15 years of experience to knead away bodily stress with massages coupled with salt scrubs. During the Swedish massage and salt scrub, beneficiaries choose between two fine-grain salts before the therapist administers an oil-infused rubdown, which buffs away dry skin and unveils the luminous epidermis beneath. Dexterous hands then go toe to toe with tension, applying long, flowing strokes that smooth out muscular knots sustained from napping in cement mixers. A scalp massage boosts cranial circulation as fingers press peppermint essential oils along temples and caps, prompting minds to relax and split ends to sprout candy-cane seedlings. Clients may emerge from their treatment feeling such benefits as reduced soreness, larger energy reserves, and alleviated stress.
Licensed massage therapist Krissy Mays tends to tense muscles inside the Keller Center of Healing Arts, which features private treatment rooms and a peaceful, patina-green painting of Buddha. With training at the Upledger Institute, Krissy uses craniosacral therapy to buttress the body's natural healing process by aiming to relieve pressure around the brain and spinal cord. She also received advanced training in somato-emotional release therapy, an approach that can help recipients overcome traumatic experiences, self-defeating beliefs, and shedding tears after biting into an onion. When she isn't targeting the mind, Krissy addresses physical pain with massage modalities such as Swedish, reflexology, and prenatal techniques. In addition to sharing her knowledge through interfaith ministry and life coaching, she also participates in holistic workshops and events.
In 2011, licensed massage therapist Paul Young saw that something was missing in his chosen profession. An avid student and connoisseur of massage therapy, Paul understood that the most meaningful and longest-lasting stress relief came from holistic treatments, rather than the symptom-based approach so prevalent within the industry. His vision of a massage experience that would unite the disparate elements of mind, body, and spirit finally came to fruition when he took it upon himself to found Pebble Creek Massage.
Today, Paul continues to earn new fans as a result of his shared focus on physical and spiritual relaxation. He begins each session with a thorough consultation before carefully kneading and stretching muscles to soften aches, stimulate blood flow, and heal injuries sustained while hiding from bosses in the office trash compactor.
At Skylight Massage and Skincare, specialty massages and decadent add-ons merge into uplifting treatments that rejuvenate the body and spirit. The ashiatsu massage is a house specialty featuring a deep-pressure technique that soothes sore and achy muscles in the back, chest, hips, and legs. Once muscles are loose, a client may further relax under the soothing warmth of heated basalt stones or the tingling sensations of a natural-fiber brush, used to increase blood flow. Such duality is key here, with lavish spa services softening the edges of focused therapeutic bodywork, causing pain and stress to dissolve like slugs in a salt cave. Other services include an organic cellulite massage, a 24-karat gold facial, and an herb-and-mineral foot soak that incorporates lemon clay, shea butter, and essential oils.