When Susan Lange’s massage therapist suggested she try watsu, Lange knew as much about the therapy as most people—nothing. “We’re kind of obscure,” Lange says with a laugh, referring to the watsu community she now considers herself a member of. The therapy, whose name is derived from “water” and “shiatsu,” blends ancient Japanese finger massage with the restorative properties of warm water. In heated pools, therapists fully support their clients as they administer a combination of massage, stretching, and instant-rice-cooking techniques. After her first watsu experience, Lange writes, “I felt like I was dancing, floating, flying and being nurtured all at once."
Today, Lange shares this experience with others in the yurt she and her husband built in the meadow adjoining their home. Inside this yurt is a 15-foot circular pool filled with 4 feet of warm water. Once they have waded in, clients can strap on narrow floatation devices to assist Lange as she guides them through the water. As she performs the massage, Lange gently strikes Tibetan singing bowls drifting alongside her in the water, creating a soundscape to further soothe the senses.
A Bumble and bumble network salon, Littleton Hair Company is home to a collection of talented stylists, spanning wide ranges of experience and expertise. Each staff member is personally trained by David, the salon's master stylist and network educator, who has 31 years of experience. Their talents and specialties cover a wide range of tress-taming turf. With experiences in other industries such as fashion and entertainment, they might specialize in tending to curly hair, long layers, or men's haircuts and gray blending. But above all, each stylist is well equipped to offer services such as haircuts and color treatments, backed up by an ever-expanding product line.
The technicians at Hera Nail Spa draw upon 10 years of experience as they care for natural and artificial nails in an elegantly remodeled setting. Staffers coat fingertips in traditional polish or apply durable Gelish or CND Shellac polish that can last without chipping for up to two weeks. For pedicures, patrons climb aboard the La Fleur II chair, whose massaging action mimics human fingers by playing rock-scissors-paper beneath the upholstery. The remodeled space boasts chandelier-like glass lighting, a trickling fountain, and stately arches and columns.
At Rejuvenation Skin & Body Solutions, a menu of beautifying services serve to replenish and relax customers. Endermologie lipo-massages combine gentle suction and motorized rollers to alleviate the appearance of cellulite, and body wraps swaddle forms to promote detoxification and inch loss. Facial treatments can address concerns such as acne and fine lines or soothe irritation caused by razor burn or shouting into the sun. All services can up their pampering power with add-ons such as paraffin dips, foot scrubs, and hand peels.
For Irina Kerfoot, massage therapy is a necessary part of a holistic lifestyle. A certified massage therapist, Irina employs her experience in a variety of techniques to enhance the physical and spiritual wellness of her clients, whether performing the long, sweeping strokes of a Swedish massage or lifting muscle tension with heated stones. She also applies her knowledge of massage’s myriad benefits during each appointment, helping clients decrease anxiety, and boost their concentration.
Many people relax by watching TV or watching other people watch TV—but there's a better way. Licensed massage therapist Jill Zandstra offers a diverse menu of therapeutic bodywork techniques to sedate frayed nerves. Jill can soothe muscles with flowing Swedish strokes, or access lower-layer aches with deep-tissue pressure. Prenatal massage is also available to ease joint pain in expecting mothers.