Symmetry Therapeutic Massage Spa sprang from the dream of two friends and fellow massage therapists who sought to demonstrate that massage could be used to better physical health. They started small, with a one-room office behind a Pilates studio. Soon, however, they found themselves juggling more appointments than they could handle. Just two years later, they moved into a sprawling new sports-partnered studio, creating a new source of relief for athletes whose massages previously consisted of lying in the middle of the turf during a game.
Today, Symmetry's founding pair leads 30 other licensed therapists, each with her own unique background and specialty. These practitioners treat clients with more than a dozen massage modalities, including neuromuscular massage, which relies on static pressure to relieve area-specific pain, and Thai Yoga. Services such as soothing steam therapy and invigorating dry body-brushing augment the offerings.
During the studio's semi-private workshops, including couples' workshops, the therapists teach clients how to perform their massage techniques at home. This allows clients to connect with their partners during couples massages whenever they have some private time at home or a long wait in a grocery-store line together.
Experience is everything at Chez Elle Salon & Spa. Just seven staff members boast more than 100 years of combined experience on their collective resumé. Kathryn Hill, the salon's master stylist, claims 37 years in the biz, and thanks to her expertise and a full stock of Unite Eurotherapy and Kevin.Murphy haircare products, the salon earned a nomination in the Best Hair Salon category from CityVoter in 2012. On the spa side, Chez Elle's master aesthetician has been customizing facials in Hungary and America for close to four decades.
The full-service salon and spa leaves no aesthetic stone unturned, offering body waxes, Shellac and Minx nail treatments, massages, and tans delivered via airbrush UV bed—all within upscale environs. A stone fireplace welcomes clients, and the waiting area's ornate glass fixture reflects an eye-catching pattern on the red ceiling. In the nailcare area, metallic decals offer uplifting advice such as "Cherish Yesterday," "Dream Tomorrow," and "Let your fingernails dry before running them through your new do."
Salt Spa is operated by Dr. Nita Desai, a family physician, holistic medical doctor, and certified Ayurvedic practitioner who believes that halotherapy is as therapeutic as it is relaxing. It's certainly the latter: clients laze upon adjustable lounge chairs in the halotherapy cave, meditating or even napping as soft music plays in the dimly lit space. As they rest, their lungs absorb salted air, the purpose of which is to encourage mucus production and cilia function in order to expel pollens, viruses, and toxins from the body. The removal of stagnant mucus is also said to soften the effects of many chronic conditions, including asthma, sinusitis, allergies, and hay fever. The source of this therapeutic air is the two tons of salt that cover the walls and floor of the cave, plus the halogenerator, a device that grinds the compound into a dry aerosol that circulates throughout the room on tiny helicopters.
Ange de La Mer Spa promotes whole-body health through holistic treatments that clear cluttered bodies and minds. The licensed massage therapists and aestheticians comfort patients throughout the duration of their detoxifying services with attentive care. Patients can be hydrated and soothed with body wraps, salt scrubs, and massages, or cleared of internal toxins with colon hydrotherapies. Custom facial treatments restore the best qualities of youthful countenances and chase acne off the face and back into high-school yearbook photos.
With her expertise in a broad range of massage modalities, Jennifer Feuerstein makes sure each client's individual issues are treated with a custom kneading session. She employs both gentle and firm gliding strokes and percussion techniques from the neck down to the feet, unraveling knots along the way and improving flexibility. The licensed massage therapist will sometimes incorporate aromatherapy into her massages, using classic essential oils such as lavender, peppermint, and strawberry shortcake.
An experienced massage therapist understands that exorcizing pain requires not only an appreciation for muscles and nerves but also for emotional and spiritual release?and that's exactly what the experienced therapists at Applause Therapeutic Massage offer in the form of traditional and muscle-balancing massages at their new Wadsworth Boulevard location. Linda Thorpe?the center's owner?and her team of skilled therapists follow this practice closely, leveraging her degree in psychology to address the physical and emotional health of their clients. And at the end of each session, they also suggest at-home methods to reduce muscle pain, from simple exercises to advanced forms of yelling at the TV.