"Hara" is a term for a person's energy center. Hara Holistic Bodycenter earns that name by giving its clients a place to reenergize through therapeutic bodywork. The center’s cocreators and licensed massage therapists draw on studies in Eastern massage and holistic bodywork to reduce stress and chronic pain with their massage and skincare services. Botanically based products smother skin during facial treatments to cleanse and restore complexions worn down by seasonal stressors and environmental impurities. A collection of massages helps heal physical ailments such as headaches, neck and shoulder pain, and tension that comes from constantly hiding a handcuff key in your cheek.
Soothing yellow walls and sleek hardwood floors greet patrons in a healing space that invokes the chi-rejuvenating elements of the natural world. Lush, green plants stretch out their leaves to tickle weary muscles, and a wall of branches filters the warm sunlight that seeps through a thin screen in the window.
As the tanning bed's lid closes, a cool breeze starts to blow, a gentle mist cools your skin, and the scents of aromatherapy transform a 12-minute tanning session into a miniature vacation. This S-Class bed is just one of the approximately 10 tanning options that fill each of City Sun Tanning's locations. Staffers help clients select the right bed, leading them down hallways to an iBed sunbed—which features rotating facial lights—or a X-2 High Pressure bronzing stand-up, which can bronze pallid skin in ten minutes. Alternatively, visitors step onto the AutoBronzer's open-air platform, which evenly sprays UV-free tanning solution and candy sprinkles. In June of 2009, this sunless system caught the eye of New York Magazine, which lauded City Sun Tanning for having one of the "top five spray tans." The tanning salon has also garnered accolades from Citysearchers, who for several years, named it "Best of Citysearch".
Sun Tan City’s trained tanning consultants help clients get bronzed via UV-free tanning booths and ergonomic tanning beds. Guests can schedule a single visit to touch up an existing tan, purchase a multivisit package to get a discounted rate, or become a member to take advantage of the salon’s 100% guarantee.
Doctors and massage therapists join forces to address alignment issues, joint stiffness, and muscular tension all within the same visit to HealthSource Chiropractic & Progressive Rehab. Massage therapists correct muscular imbalances in shoulders and backs with hands licensed in therapeutic massage and shadow-puppet recital. Chiropractic consultations provide detailed assessments of the ailments behind each client's particular symptoms, as well as specific instructions for massage therapists and recommended courses of action.
To call The Body Shop a mere skin and body care store is to miss half of what makes it special. Late founder Dame Anita Roddick was a pioneer for ethical business practices; upon opening her first store in Brighton, England, in 1976, she developed company values such as "Defend Human Rights" and "Protect The Planet." She somehow balanced principles and profit, partnering in global campaigns with UNICEF, Greenpeace, Amnesty International, and the United Nations, all while ultimately expanding her brand into 2,500 locations in over 60 international markets. After her death in 2007, then-British Prime Minister Gordon Brown said, “She campaigned for green issues for many years before it became fashionable to do so and inspired millions to the cause by bringing sustainable products to a mass market. . . . She was an inspiration.”
Indeed, the Body Shop exhibits an eco-friendliness and social consciousness that's hard to come by in a company of its size. Its products have been fair-trade since 1987, and its Against Animal Testing movement led to an EU-wide ban of animal testing of cosmetics. The products are made from ingredients harvested from around the world: shea butter from Ghana goes into body scrubs and butters, and Indian artisans craft wooden massagers and tote bags that are screenprinted by hand. But all that isn't to say the company's production practices overshadow its final products. Skincare treatments such as the brand’s iconic body butters, facial products, and gift collections often appear in Allure, Marie Claire, Lucky, Seventeen and other national publications.
The motivated owner behind Tranquility In Balance Spa & Salon—who also operates as an aesthetician, nail technician, and stylist—believes that clients should inspire balance in their lives by taking time for themselves. To help clients find that balance, she offers a variety of services such as facials, pedicures, hair care, and even full spa days which can last up to five hours and include a body wrap, pedicure, facial, shampoo, blow-dry, and lunch. She also offers a full menu of salon services for men, such the Gentleman's Facial and the popular Hot Stone Back Rejuvenation.