At the start of 60-minute inch-loss sessions, Melanie Graybill swaddles bodies with a specially designed wrap aimed at boosting metabolic rates and diminishing the appearance of cellulite. Graybill boasts 14 years of body-wrapping experience, making her almost as much of an expert as a 15-year-old ancient Egyptian. Once fully bundled, clients relax for 45 minutes while their bodies zap calories—possibly burning as many as 1,200–1,500 calories, equivalent to four hours of walking or two minutes of mountain-punching. The wrap hugs may also help reduce chronic pain and jumpstart circulation and require zero downtime.
The style-savvy staff at Expressions Salon & Spa Inc. bolsters fading façades with a variety of beautifying services both time-tested and contemporary. Muscle menders mollycoddle ligaments with a variety of massage techniques, such as the traditional 30-minute Swedish massage ($55), which infuses a firm, gentle, touch with choice aromas to ease away the stresses of daily commutes and nightly Jenga losses. The Short But Sweet facial ($41–$55) includes a skin evaluation, pore cleanse, facial massage, exfoliation, and moisturizing treatment, thwarting acne breakouts and bacteria break-ins. Clear stubborn hair forests with a mélange of waxing services, which employ nonirritating products to shape eyebrows ($12) and remove unwanted follicles from underarms ($22), lips ($12), or chins ($12), leaving skin as soft and smooth as a freshly shaved pillow. Experienced tress tamers can cut and style locks ($31–$39) into accentuating fashions for a classic, complementary beauty.
Despite her role as the owner of Studio 1146, Lindsay Duggan still works behind the chair to keep her aesthetician's senses sharp. She and her staff command expertise over a gamut of spa and salon services, capable of beautifying chipped nails and coloring actresses' hair for black-and-white movies.
The massage therapists at Destination Massage & Spa ease clients’ aches with more than just their hands. They maintain a running dialogue during appointments to answer any questions about the service and adapt the session to their individual needs. Eleven different massages take a variety of tracks to relieve stress, whether it’s the organic essential oils of the aromatherapy massage or the penetrating warmth of the hot-stone massage. During a fourhanded session, two therapists or half of an octopus blend a number of styles and techniques to fully relax bodies. Licensed aestheticians wield Dermalogica and Éminence products during facials and exfoliating salt glows to complete rounds of pampering.
Licensed massage therapist Mindy Sanden knows all kinds of ways to soften a knotted muscle. She can address it directly with deep-tissue work, or she can attend to the entire body with hot stones to relax everything at once. But she doesn’t decide which technique to use until she has met her client. Understanding that each client carries tension differently, Mindy customizes her massages according to their needs and the feedback she welcomes throughout the 30-, 60-, or 90-minute sessions.
At Leh Massage Therapy, nationally licensed massage therapist Reginald Harrelson employs a distinctive fusion of Swedish and shiatsu techniques to relax tensed bodies amid lavender walls and potted palms. Harrelson uses smooth, gliding strokes to ease muscle tension and promote relaxation, easing overworked muscles and melting tension into a conveniently positioned bucket. For everyday aches and ongoing care, his therapeutic strokes can assist clients facing issues such as anxiety, depression, and relaxation deprivation.