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.
Your hair?s sure to feel silkier once your stylist conditions it?learn why with Groupon?s close-up look at conditioner.
Although human hair may look smooth, each strand's outer layer?the cuticle?is actually quite rough. Under dry conditions, the tiny scales that cover its surface become raised and brittle, causing hairs to tangle and lose their shine. Conditioner aims to correct this problem by bonding a particular class of molecules, called cationic surfactants, to the cuticle. This is possible because keratin, the protein that makes up most of the hair shaft, bristles with negative ions, which attract the positively charged surfactants, coating each thread in a thin film that weighs it down and reduces frizz. (The negative charge of keratin is also what causes static whenever positive ions are stripped from the hair?the static that makes it possible to stick a balloon to the wall or to power a miner's headlamp.)
The other ingredients in conditioner don't always need ions to do their jobs well. Humectants suck in water from the surrounding air, thereby moisturizing the hair, and oils simply penetrate the cuticle. Glossers coat the hair with light-reflecting polymers, increasing shine, whereas other ingredients raise the acidity level of the conditioner, which helps protect the hair's protein structure.