Massage therapist John Rowinski abides by the Goldilocks method: If one massage is too gentle and another too firm, then the one in between should be just right. This approach led him to create the "deep Swedish" modality, a middle ground between the flowing kneads of a standard Swedish massage and the highly focused pressure of deep-tissue work. His clients are far from limited to these three options, however. Each of John's massages is a custom and distinct experience, and he channels more than 20 years of practice—conducted at spas, medical centers, and athletic venues—to inform his services.
His pampering menu also highlights hot-stone massages, which coax tension from muscles by warming them with ocean basalt stones. His prenatal massages allow expectant mothers to recline on their sides, propped against a specialized body pillow that optimizes comfort. Though it is not classified as a massage, his lymphatic-drainage therapy does involve manual manipulation and aims to enhance the natural flow of lymph fluid throughout the body for increased well-being and relaxing "whoosh" sounds. John's team was was recently bolstered by a new addition—Diane has over 7 years of experience in medical settings, and she offers Swedish and deep-tissue massages for private clientele. John can also accommodate any couples massage requests by providing both male and female therapists.
At Blue Sand Mind & Body, a group of practitioners comes together to ply its signature trade: traditional Thai massage. Generally considered more rigorous than other modalities, Thai massage mixes stretching maneuvers with deep and targeted pressure. For those who prefer a more relaxing massage, the staff is equally proficient at Swedish, Hawaiian lomilomi, and hot-stone massage, among other treatments. Like a really good wide receiver, Blue Sand is open every day of the week and caters to those with busy schedules by staying open until 8 p.m. each day.
European-trained aestheticians at Le Beau Organic Day Spa are experts not only in taking care of the skin, but also in using organic formulas to do it. With a full line of organic products, they perform massages and facials that include extras to enhance the bliss for no extra charge, much like imagining that the massage table is a pile of money. Massages include complimentary access jetted showers, and facials come with moisturizing hand treatments and aromatherapy essential oils.
Signature Service: Deep-tissue and therapeutic massage
Brands Used: Biofreeze, DoTera, Massage FX,
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 1 person
Parking: Parking lot
Minimum Age Requirement: 15
Pro Tip: I schedule most appointments in advance. I recommend scheduling at least 24 hours in advance.
Candlelight illuminates a swirling jacuzzi at Spa Pura, a 7,000-square-foot relaxation mecca where clients shed stress as they don a robe and slippers before indulging in one of the spa’s many services. Aestheticians perform a full spectrum of facial treatments that leverage clay masks, SkinCeuticals products, and vitamin infusions to help the skin to regain its glow. Teams of massage therapists welcome clients onto beds and pore over muscles with relaxing strokes, and body scrubbers and waxing technicians exfoliate and smooth frames. Clients hesitant to return to the outside world can bide their time in the spa’s raindrop showers or eucalyptus steam room, which doubles as koala heaven.
Licensed aestheticians, massage therapists, and permanent-makeup technicians work as a team to beautify clients from the forehead to the smallest toenail at Uptown Face and Body Care. Tense bodies melt under Swedish or deep-tissue massage techniques, and dull complexions disappear after infusions of vitamin C, minerals, and glycolic acid during facials and peels.