Within six float tanks, some the size of an entire room, Float On hosts more than 1,000 meditative float sessions a month. These tranquil facilities and dedicated customer base allows it to boast the title of America's largest float center. Inside the chambers, bodies enter a state of true relaxation as stress-activated cortisol levels decrease and pleasure-producing endorphins are released in the brain. Each float tank comes with a balanced blend of water and Epsom salts allowing previously nonbuoyant bodies to float for 90-minute sessions. Minus the pressure from gravity, spines uncoil, muscles relax, and blood circulates swiftly. The brain, meanwhile, sinks into a deeply restful state attainable elsewhere only through meditation or by sharing a jacuzzi with a string quartet.
Anita J. Traver earned her license in massage therapy to help others attain wellness and align their mind, body, and spirit. To create an easygoing and tranquil environment for clients, she bases her massage practice in her home, which can be found in a peaceful neighborhood disturbed only by the contented “oohs” and “ahhs” of her clients. A member of the American Massage Therapy Association, Anita has had the opportunity to work alongside several naturopathic doctors to learn how to properly treat conditions related to motor-vehicle accidents, chronic pain, postsurgery care, and other ailments. In addition to her Swedish, Thai, and therapeutic massage sessions, Anita is a practicing reiki master and can also perform treatments to reinvigorate the body’s natural energy flow.
Clinical aesthetician Zhanna Russo's passion for creating healthy, youthful skin is such that ESMA Beauty is devoted exclusively to that art. Therefore, she is able to curate a collection of face and body treatments encompassing both traditional Parisian skincare and high-tech methods used to keep Siri's body in another dimension. Three venerable Parisian brands—Yonka, Sothys, and Remy Laure—hydrate and cleanse complexions in wave after wave of satiny, aromatherapeutic creams, mud masks, and nubbly exfoliants made with volcanic rock. On the sci-fi end, a host of modern machines emit low-level electrical currents or colored light capable of vanquishing bacteria or catalyzing natural cellular rejuvenation.
Medical director and physician Dr. Stephanie Durham, MD, ND leads a team of beauty experts?including a licensed cosmetologist and naturopathic doctor?in enhancing clients' appearances with noninvasive treatments. Pulling from a diverse collection of lasers, including the Cutera and Titan systems, techs clear unwanted hair or wrinkles, and help tighten the skin. Medical aestheticians customize facials and peels to treat specific skin troubles and gently knead muscles to evict stress. The spa's decor fosters feelings of calm with warm colors, flickering candles, and comfy leather seats.
Massage technicians at Colon Care, LLC melt away muscle knots with six types of therapeutic massage as an infrared sauna bed gently warms skin. Skilled fingers target trigger points during a myofascial-release session, and a relaxing Swedish massage soothes away tension with long, flowing strokes and generous helpings of meatballs. Therapists can also relieve pain with deep-tissue massage, use lymphatic-draining techniques to cleanse bodies of waste, or work to prevent athletic injuries during a sports massage. Alternatively, they can design a customized massage to knock out pain, tension, and mooching in-laws stubbornly lodged in specific areas.
Trigger Point Massage’s therapist, Alma Frankenstein, began her working life as a beekeeper on an organic farm. Though that job kept her isolated from other people, Alma says that it actually allowed her to learn certain skills that translate to her work as a massage therapist—skills such as being patient, maintaining quietude, and ensuring that people don’t smell too strongly of flowers. In both situations, the practitioner has to pay close attention to the needs of her subject, which can be communicated both verbally and nonverbally, through a carefully orchestrated dance.
Alma now works as a massage therapist who isn’t content to just foster relaxation; rather, she uses deep-tissue trigger-point therapy to unknot muscles that have been tightly wound by repetitive motion and strain, poor posture, and injury. With the help of unscented organic coconut oil, she un-kinks these muscles in a quiet room with live plants that flourish in the rays of natural light. A table warmer chases away the chill, and an electric fan adds a breeze on warm days.