Voted Best Chiropractor by Delray Forum readers in 2010, Dr. Melissa Maher leads a team of expert therapists who specialize in cosmetic and therapeutic nonsurgical acupuncture treatments. During acupuncture treatments, patrons sip on a detoxifying tea of their choice, as needle wielders conduct a thorough consultation that includes an analysis of individual physical conditions and the contents of dream journals. Acupuncturists then cloak corporeal pressure points in strategically placed delicate, disposable needles that can help to repel maladies, including migraines, fatigue, and stress. Follow-up treatments reinforce previous healthful strides forward and enable continued healing.
Treatment add-ons bolster relaxation, with options such as a hot-stone foot massage that uses heated basalt stones to stimulate circulation, nurture damaged muscles, and defrost TV dinners. An infrared detox treatment employs waves of visible-spectrum-evading light to evict pernicious agents such as mercury, nicotine, and alcohol from their cellular burrows via a reduction of ionic bonds. Patrons emerge from their treatments feeling as animated and refreshed as a cartoon awakening from a catnap. In addition to acupuncture, Maher and her team perform additional services, including massages, myofascial-release treatments, physical therapy, and health workshops.
The Salt Suite's halotherapy rooms were carved from 24,000 pounds of salt imported from the Dead Sea, historically noted for its healing and wellness properties. The naturally antibacterial salt lies in layers upon the floor and walls, also flavoring the dry aerosol emissions that circulate within the fresh, temperate air pumped into each room by a halogenerator. Twenty-one minerals found within the salt aim to detoxify, cleanse, and replenish bodies, easing the effects of ailments such as sinusitis, eczema, allergies, asthma, COPD, and flavorless-popcorn syndrome.
The adult suite seats up to seven guests in individual spaces—while relaxing in cushioned chairs, patrons can mind-surf on a wave of soft music, count the number of semicolons in a magazine, or click boldly into unexplored sectors of the Internet. Toys and television entertain little busybodies inside the kids' room, where salt covers the ground and an underwater vista fills the space between floor and ceiling. In addition to salt therapy, The Salt Suite offers Yin, Vinyasa, and Hatha yoga sessions in one of its trademark salt chambers.
Erhan Sakaoglu and Ali Batibay had two things in common: Turkish heritage and the dream of opening a hair salon. They became fast friends and supported each other as they forged separate career paths in America. Batibay built his client base as a hairstylist while Sakaoglu went to law school and became an attorney, but found his passion for the beauty industry irrepressible. The duo finally made their dream a reality by launching Studio 34.
They assembled a team of European stylists who use a European-inspired, proprietary technique to cut hair and transform looks with color, foils, extensions, and relaxers. A skincare specialist performs nonsurgical facelifts, addressing facial skin loosened by aging or repeated bungee jumping. The crew also offers nailcare, waxing, and makeup services. As noted by Skip Sheffield in the Coastal Star, the salon offered complimentary makeovers in 2009 to wives of military personnel as a way to give back to the community.
After spending two decades perfecting her ability to cultivate physical beauty and well-being, Nancy Reagan opened Bella Reina Spa to share her wealth of knowledge with a growing number of beneficiaries. An experienced aesthetician, makeup artist, nail professional, and nutrition expert, she has yet to find a specialty she cannot master, and her all-around savvy may explain the bourgeoning popularity of her boutique, spa, and retail shop, which is also a Smart For Life Weight Management Center affiliate.
Visitors to the spa pass through a glistening entryway lit by the reflective crystals of square chandeliers hanging above. Beyond the entrance?s high-gloss black floors and velvet-flecked wallpaper, Nancy and her team of professional aestheticians moisturize skin with facials and brush cheeks with an array of cosmetics. Her relaxing massages nullify aches accrued from day-to-day stresses or collisions with the spa?s elegant and smudge-free floor-to-ceiling mirrors.
Guests checking in at Lisa B and Company could deliberate between the spa's selection of facials and peels—or they could just have both. The menu's luxuriant Velvet Peel calls upon mechanical and chemical exfoliation to double-team stubborn cases of dullness, scarring, and trash strewn about by litterbug eyelashes. Many of the spa's other treatments also boast advanced therapies, such as pedicures infused with anti-inflammatory lavender or softening vanilla milk. In the spa, massage therapists skim heated river stones across pooled tension, and aestheticians resurface bodies with Dead Sea salt. Before or after their services, guests can take a few extra minutes to unwind with a complimentary herbal tea, glass of wine, or detox water.
She walked across his back as if he were a pile of hot stones. She wasn’t punishing him—nothing like that at all. She was performing ashiatsu massage—a technique that combines Swedish, myofascial, and compression techniques, all using the feet.
Ashiatsu is just one of eight therapies employed by Victoria Aragon and the staff at Loosen Up Massage. The licensed therapists use their hands for the remaining seven, easing tension and stress with fluid Swedish strokes, or diminishing back pain with prenatal rubdowns that leave babies yearning to get born and schedule their own massages. A quiet and serene room with taupe walls and candlelight sets the scene for each massage as clients relax facedown on a blanketed table.