Deep-seated stresses dissipate at the hands of Limback Wellness Center's certified massage therapists. The center specializes in hot-stone and hot-towel massages, which employ penetrating heat and soothing circular motions to boost circulation, oxygenate muscles, and alleviate the lingering stiffness that comes from serving as the spring festival’s Maypole. Aside from their popular heated modalities, the team of male and female massage therapists treats clients to gentle relaxation massages and more focused deep-tissue work.
After gliding over glistening wooden floors supporting chic, modern fixtures, licensed aesthetician Najia Rohlf and her team greet guests in need of custom skin revitalization. In the first phase of the 60-minute European facial, a staff member cleanses pores and dusts off skin detritus. Extraction follows exfoliation, and then the aesthetician sheathes skin with a mask designed to ward off cheek-pinching aunts. Finally, a moisturizer restores suppleness and vanishes croissant flakes holding on since breakfast. Following treatments, clients can admire their newly radiant visages in nearby storefront windows and crossing guards' suits of armor.
John Hesmadt started Theraquest 10 years ago at the urging of his sister, who saw it as a way for him to help family members in need. John experienced a lot of joy and satisfaction through his work with relatives, and eventually decided he wanted to provide the same for other families. Today, he performs a suite of services focused on relieving pain and helping restore range of motion. To help athletes recover from injury, he uses kinesio-tape to hold malfunctioning muscles in place, speeding the healing process so that clients can get back in the gym, on the field, or into their old mascot uniform. For everyday folks, he often combines deep tissue massage and muscle pain therapy to soothe the aches of strains and tension. His favorite service to perform, though, is a sports massage. "I love [it] because it brings relief to my clients from their aches and pains and can restore smooth and flexible body movement," he says.
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular service: Muscle pain massage therapy
Brands Used: BioFreeze, Eucalyptus and herbal hot packs
Though she's an aspiring Real Housewife, Barbara Ellsworth is no stay-at-home mom. The cosmetic- and plastic-surgical nurse of 13 years oversees Larchmont Laser Medical Spa’s staff of medical aestheticians. The tranquil, robin's-egg-blue walls of her facility offer a suitably upscale backdrop for the slate of med-spa and beauty services. Hair removal is a spa specialty, whether via warm wax, thin threads, or the same lasers that shaved the beard off the man in the moon. The aestheticians also oversee slimming VelaShape treatments and skin-resurfacing HydraFacials that help keep complexions youthful and smooth in case the Bravo camera crews show up.
Ayurveda is a holistic medical system designed to balance the body and promote physical, spiritual, and emotional well-being. Sound Shore Ayurveda & Wellness center’s practitioner, Manjula Paul, comes from a family of vaidyas, or doctors, for the royal family of South India, and she began studying the family trade at the age of 17. Her ayurvedic treatments include chakra balancing and nasya, a natural reliever for congestion, allergies, and sore sinuses. To complement her traditional practice, Paul also offers facials, microdermabrasion, and massage therapy.
To restore balance to their clients' body and minds, the team at Parapsychology & Wellness Center draws on many disciplines, including reiki therapy, aura purification, and astrology. Staff members also perform many types of readings. For instance, they might use tarot cards to look 6–12 months into the future, draw on numerology to reveal lucky numbers, or administer a character reading to help clients learn more about themselves, like whether or not they can actually lick their elbow.