A cozy massage table. Dim lights. And, most importantly, a therapist that tailors her massages to needs of each client. Sarah J. Long's treatments range from relaxing to deep-tissue, allowing her to accommodate both emotional and physical tension. Each kneading lasts a full 60 minutes, meaning she doesn't count the 10 minutes it takes to get comfortable beforehand as part of her hour-long service.
At Indigo Lotus Massage, a licensed massage therapist can ease clients' aches and pains in 30-, 60-, or 90-minute sessions. Visitors can opt for soothing Swedish or intense deep-tissue strokes?or amplify the relaxation with a hot-stone massage. Those looking to switch things up can try one of the studio's reiki or aromatherapy sessions.
As the winners of Fox 8 Hot List's award for Best Hair Salon in 2013, Embrace Salon and Spa's staff of skilled aestheticians, hairstylists, massage therapists, and nail technicians take time to build relationships with clients while helping them achieve their beauty goals. Stylists refresh the follicles of men, women, and children with Aquage, Matrix Logics, and KMS California haircare products as well as Goldwell color and Mizani hair relaxers. In the spa area, guests can get their face softened with an exfoliating pumice-peel microdermabrasion or a Bioelements facial. Those opting for a sunless spray tan can maintain new hues with the spa?s collection of Amber Sun tan-extending lotions and Kahuna Bay Tan?touchup products.
The staff of Embrace Salon and Spa aim to create a homey atmosphere in their modern space that will help their clients relax. Vibrant purple walls in the pedicure room and a bright blue wall with a mural of a tree's silhouette in the salon area help keep visitors awake during treatments, but in case they do fall asleep, these splashes of color ensure Technicolor dreams.
Whenever she mends a set of muscles or deep cleans oil-prone skin, licensed massage and skin therapist Antonette Fay draws from more than 12 years of experience. At the beginning of appointments, she consults with clients, evaluating their skin or discussing where they're most sore. She also clears away unwanted hair with body waxing.
Skinsations Health & Wellness Medical Spa owner and licensed aesthetician Michelle Merrix-Gowens has assembled a team of experts to provide advanced anti-aging and wellness services. She performs organic microdermabrasions and seven types of facials with a botanical skincare line whose ingredients nourish skin and enhance the face's ability to yodel. Physicians administer wrinkle-diminishing Botox injections, a massage therapist performs hot-stone treatments or reflexology sessions, and certified thermographer and two-time breast-cancer survivor Jeanne Wilson aims to detect early signs of disease with a digital infrared thermal imaging technique.
Lava Massage Studio owner Laura Pacanin helms a team of licensed massage therapists, all of whom share her belief in massage’s unique ability to relieve stress and stimulate the body's natural healing processes. At sessions held in your home or in one of the studio’s private rooms, the therapists draw on their knowledge of Eastern and Western healing modalities to dissipate buildups of tension. Their signature Thai massages incorporate elements of yoga and acupuncture to balance the body’s out-of-whack energies; hot-stone massages take it a step further, combining Thai strokes with the soothing warmth of heated basalt stones. Among the modalities more commonly seen in a Western spa, sports massages help the body recover from injuries incurred while slam-dunking or arm-wrestling with the opposing team’s mascot.
Laura and her crew supplement their bodywork treatments with add-ons such as exfoliating foot scrubs and migraine therapy. After your appointment, visit the studio’s shop to stock up on unconventional beauty products such as goat's-milk soap and housemade sugar scrubs.