At SpaTaneity, relaxation begins as soon as guests step over the threshold. The de-stressing smells of aromatherapy greet each guest, and the sounds of trickling water and calming music add depth to the refreshing beverages clients sip as they begin to leave the bustling world behind. The spa’s owner, Trish Diaz, honed her relaxation-inducing skills during 10 years spent as a master aesthetician. In designing her spa, Trish made sure that her qualified staff members possessed the same unparalleled attention to detail that Trish lavished on her tranquil spa space.
Amid earth-toned rooms filled with plants and plush pillows, licensed and master aestheticians use custom facials and microdermabrasion to rid skin of imperfections and signs of aging such as sun spots, fine lines, and the finger scratches that result from babysitting an ill-behaved grandfather clock. Massage therapists deflate stress and tension with Swedish, hawaiian, and hot-stone massages, and mud body wraps feature cameos from honey butters and sea mud to detox the skin and give it a healthy, polished glow.
Not simply focused on relaxation, deep-tissue massage seeks to relieve muscle pain through intense, deliberate strokes. Check out our guide to know what to expect.
Some entanglements have simple solutions: a wrinkled tablecloth can be smoothed out in minutes with an iron, and an unruly mess of hair needs only a tube of superglue to be set straight forever. But when the fascia?the layer of connective tissue that covers and interpenetrates the body?s muscles and bones?gets tied up in knots, it?s time to call in an expert.
?What deep-tissue massage purports to do a lot of the time is mild fascial release, which is kind of warming up the fascia and releasing lactic acid and any other toxins that have built up there,? says Katie O?Reilly, associate editor for DaySpa magazine. To achieve this, the therapist?s fingers, thumbs, and elbows move along the body in slow, deliberate strokes, applying pressure to penetrate beyond superficial muscle layers and relieve pain and tension. More intense than Swedish massage, deep-tissue sessions can last up to 90 minutes, ensuring the therapist has enough time to devote to particularly troublesome trigger points.
Conventional wisdom states that a proper deep-tissue massage should be at least a little painful. This ?no pain, no gain? mentality, however, doesn't totally apply?a massage, no matter how intense, should still be relaxing, and O'Reilly notes, "If you?re getting beat up during the massage, you should probably tell the therapist to rein it in a little bit." Maintaining an open line of communication with your therapist is important for other reasons as well. He or she needs to know about your health history before administering the treatment, as the intensity of deep-tissue strokes may exacerbate certain medical conditions.
In the springtime, pink blossoms hang from tree branches outside of Rhonda's Skin Care to create an scenic entranceway to the peaceful med spa. Inside, internationally trained Master Aesthetician Rhonda Carlile brings out the natural beauty of all skin types with techniques she learned in South Africa, France, and the United States. At her side is fellow Master Aesthetician Kori McCann, Nurse Practitioner Michelle Meyer-Ban, and Wellness Specialist, and Medical Director Dr. James Cook. Together they use the cutting-edge treatments that can help smooth the deepest wrinkles with Xeomin, Botox, Juvederm, and other filler injectables such as Perlane, Restylane, and Belotero, which can be complimented by non-surgical facelifts that visibly lift and contour aging skin or by storing acorns in their cheeks to infiltrate squirrel gangs.
Those seeking a simple spa retreat may also enlist Rhonda's Skin Care for facial and massage services. Massage therapist Antwan Barnes takes clients to weightless heights by using techniques that unfurl tension and promote total-body relaxation. Before or after all appointments, guests may unwind in newly renovated relaxation rooms that boast spacious, serene settings. Additionally, Rhonda's Skin Care participates in Brilliant Distinctions rewards program.
Affordable Spa Services is home to a staff of 9 nationally and state certified massage therapists, who mollify sinews with an array of tenderizing modalities. During hot-stone massage, gentle hands soothe tense tissues with Swedish techniques while warm lava rocks loosen muscle fibers. Reflexology relieves tension and stimulates energy throughout the body by focusing on the head, ears, hands, and feet, and trigger-point therapy removes the toxins that can cause poor circulation and migraines. When melting muscles during the soul-soothing massages, the staff melts inches off the body with skinny wraps, a 45-minute service that tightens, tones, and firms the skin to minimize the appearance of cellulite. Customers may either have this service performed in the spa or they can purchase a wrap to perform the service at home. Additionally, therapists slather backs with detoxifying mud, target dry skin and arthritis with vitamin-rich paraffin wax, and erase scowl lines with comedic pieing.
Although she has more than a decade of professional experience, Jocelyn Capito embraces every opportunity to learn more about massage therapy. These continuing studies have taken her from Richmond to California and even to Bangkok, where she learned Thai reflexology. At Gift of Healing Massage, Jocelyn shares her wide repertoire with clients by offering fully custom treatments that can incorporate a variety of modalities?including gentle Swedish strokes, trigger-point therapy, and myofascial release?depending on individual needs.
Jocelyn's holistic approach not only provides an escape from the stresses of daily life but also targets the tense muscles and painful knots that those stresses can cause. For an alternative approach, Jocelyn can use reflexology techniques or reiki therapy to restore balance to the body's mental and emotional energies. The addition of soothing aromatherapy oils can leave clients feeling as calm as the water in a broken wave pool.
The skincare professionals at Belissa Salon and Spa specialize in smoothing out the body?s rougher edges. Though they draw upon years of experience in aesthetics, they don?t rely solely on their own wits?professional Dermalogica products crafted from natural ingredients aid them as they resurface skin.
For a service that exemplifies all the others, look no further than the Dermalogica thermal body treatment, which exfoliates with a natural blend of sea salt, dried seaweed, and fruit enzymes. Other, equally effective remedies may detoxify skin with mineral mud or wraps soaked in soothing plant extracts. Belissa Salon and Spa also offers tanning services: stylists use a bronzing mist to create natural-looking tans for their clients. Skin isn?t all the staff pays attention to. They also cut and color hair, groom nails, and relax muscles with six different massages, including hot-stone therapy and a prenatal style that incorporates heated alphabet blocks.