Before her passion for aesthetics brought her to the United States, England native Nicola Cattle, who trained in the United Kingdom, France, and Switzerland, worked with a dermatologist and plastic surgeon in London. There she learned how to treat patients suffering from severe acne and how to combine aesthetic treatments with dermatological treatments.
Now, at Nicola of London Body & Skin Care, she continues this work alongside her international team of licensed aestheticians. They transform clients using a blend of European and American beauty techniques potent enough to erase fine age lines from even the most grizzled sea captain.
They customize treatments to each client?s skin type, sometimes veering from their extensive menu of spa services. The beauty experts perform European and green-tea facials, microdermabrasions, five PCA peels, ultrasound and red-light skin therapy, and a range of relaxation massages. They also perform Lymphobiology treatments?a process that relies on an enzyme peel, glycolic peel, or exfoliating grains used in tandem with steam and lymphatic drainage.
Bella Luna Day Spa attends to multiple layers of relaxation with an extensive menu offering options ranging from facials, massages, and nailcare services to all-inclusive spa packages. Bella Luna also partners with Dr. Franklin Richards to offer onsite injections of Botox and Juvéderm into skin and knock-knock jokes into conversations. The staff includes two licensed aestheticians with more than 25 years of combined experience as well as a licensed massage therapist who specializes in deep-tissue and neuromuscular techniques.
The signature bathhouse treatments at Hammam Luna adhere to centuries-old traditions that still hold strong in places such as Morocco, Turkey, Syria, and the United Arab Emirates. After entering a private room, clients are encouraged to lie down atop a bench of heated marble as steam gently opens pores and flickering candles light the space's stone walls. Staff members then cleanse clients from head to toe with a natural soap made from olives before softly scrubbing away dead skin cells with the help of a kessa?a traditional exfoliating glove. A quick rinse cleanses the skin and an application of Moroccan rhassoul clay helps nourish and soften the epidermal layers and can be formed into an attractive mug.
In addition to that signature hammam experience, the Mediterranean bath also offers a variety of spa services that share the same dedication to total-body indulgence. The team is busy throughout the day performing massages, reflexology treatments, and acupressure sessions, as well as exfoliating with natural scrubs made from ginger and sugar or Dead Sea salts.
Even the waiting room at iHeart Massage is designed to help comfort patrons, with a supple leather sofa to sink into. The lighting throughout is kept dim and warm, from the hallways into the treatment rooms, creating a soothing atmosphere without hiring James Earl Jones to hum over an intercom. Inside the treatment rooms, candles enhance the relaxing aesthetic along with accents such as min-waterfalls and statues of Buddha. These chambers are where the licensed therapists knead away stress with Swedish or deep-tissue massage modalities and enhancements such as aromatherapy or hot stones.
Swedish massage's five basic movements yield a bounty of benefits. Find out more about the massage's kneading technique, petrissage, with Groupon?s introduction.
Kneading, rolling, and squeezing?this, in a few words, is petrissage, a type of Swedish massage technique that focuses on compression and release. Working in combination with Swedish massage's five other movements, these deep-reaching motions are designed to lift soft tissue away from its underlying structures, effectively stretching muscles and other soft tissues and promoting circulation so all your blood doesn?t pile up in your elbows. Specific maneuvers include kneading with the whole hand, using the thumbs to apply pressure to thinner tissue, and rolling skin between the fingers to prevent it from adhering to the fascia (that is, sheets of connective tissue) below and causing stiffness. Massage oil or cream is often used to help these strokes glide smoothly and avoid pinching the skin. Petrissage, like Swedish massage in general, often results in increased muscle mobility, improved peristaltic, or bowel, movement when performed on the abdomen and, of course, a sense of noodly relaxation.
Your feet are soaking in a warm footbath while flower petals float on the surface of the water, giving off tropical fragrances. Or maybe you?re lying side by side with a loved one as you both relax to an aromatherapy foot scrub and full-body couples massage. Or perhaps you're getting your shoulders massaged as you rethink your decision to play Sisyphus in the town play.
These are just a few examples of the stress-relieving treatments you can experience at Chi Wellness Retreat, where therapists use both ancient and modern techniques with a singular goal: well being. They manage pain with Chinese herbal treatments and hot footbaths, as well as Swedish, deep-tissue, and pregnancy massages that induce feelings of deep relaxation and target sources of discomfort and tension.