At The Bodhi Body, licensed massage therapist Stephanie Agakian understands that the healing benefits of massage go beyond relaxation. She is an expert at kneading techniques that can help promote circulation and healing from within. The kneads applied during a sports massage, for instance, help enhance athletic performance, and hot stone massages warm and soothe muscles. During raindrop therapy, Stephanie strategically places droplets of essential oils on clients' backs, rather than just encouraging them to embrace a monsoon outside.
Spavia Day Spa's staff pampers its guests by doling out muscle-melting massages and rejuvenating treatments using natural products. Guests receive a bathrobe and sandals before each treatment as they wait in the spa's retreat room. Because "relaxation" can mean different things to different people, Spavia specially customizes their treatments for each guest, from focusing massages on problem areas to avoiding the glowing whisker during exfoliating facials. Spavia also offers membership packages that allow for affordable treatments, and provides a free signature treatment for a nominated local hero or community member in need through their Spavia Cares program.
The staff at Metta Wellness Center believes that, in order to fully heal their patients, they must heal them as a whole: mind, body, and spirit. The center?s tranquil confines help accomplish this goal while staff perform treatments influenced by a blend of Eastern and Western therapies. During a traditional Thai massage, the therapist combines muscle compression, acupressure, and yoga-like body manipulations to energize patients without switching their vitamins with espresso beans. They also offer tropical hot-stone massages, signature body scrubs and wraps, herbal body wraps, and Thai reflexology, which targets pressure points in the feet to balance the body?s energy.
At Massage Rose Therapeutic Center, therapists are selected for the pain relief they provide with their hands. This lends to the center's extra-long list of specialties, which includes Shiatsu, Swedish, deep tissue, sports, and trigger-point therapy. Massage Rose also has a VIP program, which offers discounted sessions for clients who come at least once a month.
More than 25 years ago, licensed massage therapist and single mom Peggy Irvin was facing the challenges of raising two children on her own. Despite her personal struggles, Irvin dedicated her life to making other people more comfortable. She founded the original Body Massage Wellness Spa as a massage-only establishment, but through creativity and determination, has assembled a team of highly trained professionals and designed a space that is as soothing as the spa treatments on offer.
Guests sip warm cups of tea before a fragrant aromatherapy or deep-tissue massage, then head to a private room for a facial, Zerona laser body-contouring session, or Botox or Juvederm injection. During manicures, guests sit in cushy high-backed leather chairs facing wooden room dividers whose mirrored panels are ideal for admiring newly polished fingers or seeing how long you can make eye contact with yourself before it gets weird. To further banish quotidian stress, Irvin has outfitted the reception area with tranquil beige and blue-green earth tones and an abundance of plants.
Twelve years of hands-on spa experience were enough to teach Gregg Gonzales a valuable lesson about his clients: no two are the same. He takes this lesson to heart at Dos Manos Massage Studio, where he draws on his intuition and massage know-how to craft massages that cater to all manner of aches and ailments. Stationed within six private treatment rooms, Gregg and his team of licensed massage therapists integrate modalities such as deep tissue and reflexology; the exact combination of techniques used always depends on their clients’ input. During each massage, the team of therapists welcomes clients to plug their own iPod into a dock beside the heated massage table and slip away to the self-recorded sounds of waves crashing or pigeons being tickled. Complimentary refreshments and a calming relaxation room erase any traces of tension that remain after the session.