Three times a week, Just U Relax's owner and principal massage therapist paid a 90-minute visit to one of her favorite clients, an elderly Italian woman who could barely speak a word of English. One day after a visit, the woman's daughter called and asked the massage therapist if she could come back again right away, saying her mother was not doing well. She arrived and set to work massaging her client's body, much of which had collapsed inward from a previous stroke. But instead of seeing the usual results, such as the woman's hands relaxing for a short time before tightening back into a bound position, the massage therapist saw her client maintain her peaceful composure. Then, this elderly Italian woman who could speak little English, let alone speak at all due to the effects of her stroke and Alzheimer's disease, looked at her massage therapist and said with perfect clarity, "Thank you." The woman's daughter called later, saying her mother died that evening, and that she wanted to say thank you for giving her mother such comfort before she passed. It was that moment that made the massage therapist realize she knew she could help people.
Raised by a cardiologist, the future owner of Just U Relax and her brother made a pact to go to medical school together, but when she found herself disenchanted by clinical environments and desiring a more hands-on approach to patient care, she explored massage therapy. Today, she and her team of licensed massage therapists at Just U Relax assess posture, gait, and occupational stress to customize bodywork for each client. The staff sees to guests' comfort in a variety of ways, including giving visitors warm robes and plush slippers, using massage tables with triple-cotton-padded tops, and playing relaxing music as aromatherapy wafts between rooms. Therapists also offer clients snacks such as fruit smoothies and granola bars. Additionally, each therapist is required to undergo at least three hours of training each month to learn new massage techniques and stay sharp.
AJ’s Spa Millennium has more than its extensive menu of services to thank for being named one of Fox 8's top 20 Cleveland-area day spas in 2010. The all-purpose salon and spa earned that distinction due in large part to its dedicated team of beauticians. Though they wield their scissors, brushes, and facial scrubs as effectively as anyone, the beauticians share an even more important skill: they know how to strike a perfect balance between their own input and their clients’ individual preferences.
Skilled stylists utilize relaxers and Nioxin hair-strengthening treatments to reinvent 'dos, and aestheticians keep waxing treatments thankfully brief—full Brazilians clock in at an average of only 15 minutes. But they take their time administering 1 of 15 facials, allowing clients to relax under specialty masks infused with seaweed and nourishing minerals. The spa's new collection of aromatherapy scents—which includes champagne and rose, wild honey, and grandpa—soothes the senses during massages, scrubs, and mani-pedis.
Oscar Giovanni Salon & Spa's prettifying professionals cosset hard-working countenances within the sage and chocolate trappings of their newly opened second location. The visage invigoration begins with a pore cleansing to gently wash away accumulated dirt and ink from squid-diaper-changing mishaps. Next, a face-saving aesthetician blends a tailor-made cream concoction, designed to optimally balance and nourish skin based on skin type. The staff recommends this facial as a perfect first date with skincare for spa newbies, and Oscar Giovanni Salon & Spa's wrought-iron chandeliers and ballad-singing candles set a romantic atmosphere for adoring newly radiant skin.
Chagrin Valley Wellness Center’s masters of muscle manipulation expunge tension from tuckered out tendons with much needed kneadings. Banish work-related stress from sinews with the signature relaxation massage, a full-body chirapsia that utilizes long sweeping strokes to comprehensively gelatinize epidermal edifices into billowy barrels of freshly-churned butter. The hot-stone massage bakes away anxiety from burdened backs with a unique combination of Swedish massage and an ancient stone positioning technique. Rich oils loosen up tense tissue before a licensed practitioner strategically places balmy basalt orbs to induce deep relaxation and re-create small-scale replicas of ancient druidic ruins. Pamper outer surfaces to increase inner calmness with today’s deal to reverse the effects of long days at the office and executive-level tickle fights.
Carlitta's Day Spa offers a panoply of pampering services, from styling to skincare, from massages with organic oils to mani-pedis with Shellac polish. Staffers give preference to vegan and paraben- and gluten-free products in their treatments, drawing on a wide range of lines from renowned brands such as Paul Mitchell, CND, OPI, and Kenra. Carlitta's also considers itself a holistic-healing facility, offering such treatments as foot reflexology. Whatever the service, the day spa makes a point to suit the needs of every member of the family from couples massages for mom and dad to haircuts for the kids.
At La Look Skincare & Makeup Boutique, aestheticians specialize in applying makeup and refreshing faces with everything from peels and specialized facials to ultrasound waves and stem-cell therapy. Staff can efficiently wax away hair or apply lash extensions that make eyes more expressive and less likely to be mistaken for bald marbles. The boutique offers anti-aging treatments, spray-tanning services, and more than 20 massage options, which include Swedish and deep tissue. Staff can also give nutrition and fitness consultations to those who want to start their makeovers from within. In keeping with their stated philosophy of "Be your own kind of beautiful," La Look aims to help women increase their inner strength and self-esteem while fostering a healthy outlook on life. In addition to a full service menu, La Look offers products from a variety of brands, including Becca, the Balm, Kevyn Aucoin, Billion Dollar Brows, Japonesque, Dr. Dennis Gross, Vagheggi, Principessa, LaLicious, Verso, Rouge Bunny Rouge, Feeling Smitten. and Beauty For Real.