On the surface, Youtopia Day Spa seems to offer some pretty diverse spa services?time-tested massage techniques, natural skincare treatments, and indulgent mani-pedis?but there is a factor that unifies them. It's a predilection toward tailoring all its services to the needs of its clients. Massage therapists, for instance, base their Swedish, deep-tissue, and hot-stone massages on the clients' preferences, their pains, or the location of the marble stuck to their backs. The aesthetician similarly pays close attention to her clients' needs, noting any blemishes and oiliness before customizing the selection of natural products she uses in her treatments.
Since she was able to crawl, licensed massage therapist Kara Grant's hands would intuitively reach for the nearest pair of hands and feet, where they'd occupy themselves by moving in circular massage motions. Following the lead of her hands, she wound up at the Spa Tech Institute, where she was able to refine her technique and soak up the teachings of experienced therapists. Kara now keeps her hands busy at Peace in the Storm Massage Therapy, reducing stress with Swedish techniques, diminishing physical discomfort in expectant mothers, and easing the pain of losing at trivia with targeted treatments such as neuromuscular therapy.
At Body Connections Massage Center, licensed massage therapists knead tension from tired tendons during 60- or 80-minute Swedish massages that utilize soothing strokes. The staff is drawn to muscular knots like metal detectors are drawn to bank vaults, seeking out tension and dissolving it with a series of chops and rubs which may be augmented with massage oils. Kaycee Condon and her team take each client’s relaxation needs into account before the treatment begins, analyzing soft tissue for spots requiring deeper degrees of therapy and those best served by inkblot tests. Customers desiring more time on the table may upgrade the 80-minute massage to 90 minutes for $15, or upgrade a 60-minute massage to 80 minutes for $15 or 90 minutes for $30.
Julia Capone is a licensed massage therapist and the owner of Bliss Therapeutic Massage. Her specialties include medical, Swedish, hot stone, and rotator cuff release massage. With the help of her team of therapists, she's able to dedicate plenty of time to each client and tailor her massages to address their individual issues. Bliss Therapeutic Massage's menu of treatments includes hot stone, couples, Swedish, and deep-tissue massages, as well as an aromatherapy add-on and energy treatments like Reiki.
Sarah Rattet, owner of Vitality Spa and Yoga Studio and master aesthetician, supplements her beautifying procedures with stress-busting yoga classes and holistic spa and medical aesthetic treatments. It all happens in a serene spa environment where students learn such practices as gentle Hatha yoga, silk-suspended aerial yoga, and candle-lit evening classes that maximize tranquility and scare off the Boogeyman. And the spa cultivates an outer as well as an inner glow with waxing from brow to bikini line and specialized facial salves rich in vitamin C harvested from the smoothest-skinned oranges.