A bright reception area welcomes beauty-seekers into Friends Day Spa & Salon, where stylists transform manes with cuts, color, perms, and twisty updos, which will impress pillows at bedtime. Soothing facials pamper the remainder of clients’ heads, and nail techs add flair to handshakes and footshakes with manicures and pedicures. For full-body buffing, massage therapists remove knots from musculature, sometimes utilizing warm hot stones. Each spa service is performed in its own roomy area, separated from the rest of the 3,400-square-foot spa and salon. The space also has a locker room and a wet room equipped with a Vichy shower, which provides clients with a place to refresh between services.
As a physical therapist with his own private practice, Hand & Stone founder and chief operating officer John Marco made sure that he kept abreast of the rapidly growing health and wellness industry. After a period of careful research and planning, John decided to create a spa based around convenience and affordability—Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa.
Since its launch, Hand & Stone has expanded to more than 20 states and four planets. The spa’s core concept is to offer massage, facial, and waxing services performed by licensed, certified, or registered professionals and offered at convenient times, seven days a week. Each location adheres to a traditional spa aesthetic with soft lighting, heated treatment tables, and plush linens.
From Pilates, yoga, and cycling classes to facials, body wraps, and massages, Changes in Motion’s repertoire of life-affirming services helps clients achieve health and beauty from the inside out. Students can enroll in small-group classes or one-on-one sessions with one of three licensed Pilates instructors—former dancer Effie, Power Pilates expert Emmy, or Pilates veteran Wendy. The trio rounds up Reformer machines, springboards, and a TRX suspension system to help novices and seasoned students alike strengthen and tone their cores. The studio also boasts a full class schedule packed with non-Pilates sessions, such as spinning, cross training, and yoga.
After clients work up a sweat, they can head to the spa for a 60-minute cooldown session with a licensed massage therapist, who customizes deep-tissue, Swedish, and Thai stretch techniques to individual concerns. Across the hall, licensed aestheticians use Éminence, B&G, and WoodSprite organic skincare products during facials and body wraps, hydrating skin and restoring a look of youth. Meanwhile, two noninvasive systems—the TriActive laser and electrical-stimulation machine—blend technologies to boost circulation, smooth cellulite, and tighten skin without the hassle of squeezing into a straitjacket made entirely of band-aids.
A lobby decked out with leather chairs, stained wood, tiles, and flowers greets visitors to Massage Bliss & Day Spa, preparing them for a spa visit that melts away the stress and responsibilities of the modern workday. Soft, low lights and gauzy curtains hang over heated massage beds, and two candlelit couples-massage suites surround pairs in a sensual glow during romantic anniversaries or ill-advised first dates. Deep-cleaning facials flush out clogged pores and stimulate blood flow with natural ingredients, such as apple pulp and flaxseed, and aromatic salts and coconut oils soothe digits during spa mani-pedis. The day spa's arsenal of sophisticated technologies beautifies and rejuvenates bodies, with its infrared sauna detoxifying and purifying skin and its TriActive laser smoothing out dimpling and cellulite.
Parisian Spa Institute is a "student driven" institute, training the next generation of beauticians in cosmetology, nail technology, skincare, massage services. The spa specializes in nail services and enhances every digit with knowledge of trending styles and an arsenal of acclaimed brands, including Minx, Shellac, and OPI Shatter. Private spa treatment rooms situated along a quiet corridor invite customers to take relaxing escapes with Swedish, hot-stone, and deep-tissue massages or polish up their countenances with eyebrow threading.
Massage Green's 90-minute Swedish massage begins with a quick consultation with a licensed massage therapist to determine the stealthiest course of action to quell insurgent knots and muscular protrusions. For the next approximate 80 minutes, tender surfaces are assuaged with long, smooth strokes, circular movements, and cat-like kneading, made slick and smooth with Massage Green's ample stock of organic lotions, gels, oils, or ambrosial nectar. Bodily aches and pains are banished to a nightmarish realm of wind and ghosts, leaving behind an overwhelming feeling of tranquility, improved circulation, and emotional well-being.