There's no receptionist at Take A Break Massage Therapy Spa. Instead, each of the six licensed therapists greets their clients and stays with them throughout their entire visits. This focus on service typifies everything the therapists do, starting with their massage times—a 60-minute appointment means 60 minutes of massage, not 45 or 50 minutes with the remainder sacrificed to filling out paperwork.
Pre-session stints in the full-body massage chair or on the hydro-massage table warm up muscles to help guests get the most out of their appointments. Therapists treat their primary modalities as starting points during each massage, bringing in additional techniques whenever they feel it benefits clients. They may recommend additional therapies, from detoxifying body wraps and exfoliating scrubs to sauna sessions and ionic footbaths. Therapists conclude each visit with a consult, stressing to guests the importance of drinking water and sleeping in a pitch-black room or cave.
Treasa Cailleach, the founder and owner of Atira Massage and Bodywork, soothes guests with seven massage modalities, including three special styles: shiatsu, Thai, and sei tai. By training as an expert in so many modalities, Treasa built an arsenal of techniques that can tackle any amount of stress or pain caused by muscle stiffness, lymphatic blockage, or riding a tiny motorcycle to work each day. Her treatments cover the full range of massage therapy, from purely relaxing sessions to extreme deep-tissue work and therapeutic massages targeting specific injuries and ailments. In addition to massage therapy, Treasa offers reiki and energy healing, as well as sugar and salt scrubs to slough off dead skin cells.
In the midst of rustic woods, there sits a three-story building. Upon opening its front door, visitors unleash a gentle wave of aromatherapy scents and warm air. They step inside, where therapists lead them past wood accents and into private treatment rooms. World of Serenity’s spa atmosphere recalls the calm of the surrounding wilderness, and inside its walls, therapists adopt a holistic approach; they educate guests in wellness basics, such as why humans don’t eat sand, and perform a range of customized spa services. They soften faces, deep-cleanse pores, and slough of dead cells during customized facials; sometimes scouring or soothing the skin with an additional enzyme deep cleanse, warm stones, or anti-aging collagen. They also ease muscle tension with six massage modalities such as deep tissue, warm stone, and reflexology; and scrub clients from head to toe using salt and sugar rubs, and wraps made from natural dead sea mud or Paradisius—a blend of ground fruit and flower extracts.
At Skin Clinic, owner Maria Anello Aponte creates an environment in which clients are treated holistically to address skin conditions that are often squelched with plastic surgery. During complimentary consultations, skincare professionals analyze each client's skin type while taking into consideration lifestyle, diet, and their complete medical history. With this all-encompassing view in mind, the spa's team designs treatments specific to each person's needs and desires. For instance, the aestheticians can recommend noninvasive skin-tightening treatments such as SmoothSculpt, which tones skin around the jowls and neck and smoothes away wrinkles without using any starch. Additionally, they educate their clients on how best to care for their skin on a day-to-day basis. The center's experts may also help boost self-confidence by reducing concerns associated with sun damage, acne, and hyperpigmentation by administering rejuvenating facials, microdermabrasions, or chemical peels.
Owners Shannon and Rusty and their team of stylists look thoughtfully at their client's botched self-dye job. Rather than stand in judgment, the staff focuses on which product from Pureology and Redken will help correct the color and restore health to the frizzled locks. This is a familiar scene at Rostik Salon, where a team of relaxed, friendly stylists nimbly transitions from creating glamorous waves to designing cuts for kids.
Accompanied by a stress-reliving massage, the dermalogica facials use pumice crystals, enzymes, and masks tailored to clients' skin type to cleanse and exfoliate pores while moisturizing the skin. These sojourns may be extended with one of three different chemical peels or with a wrap that uses Chinese herbs to condition skin all over the body. Aestheticians also deftly wax away unwanted hair, revealing smooth skin that they accent with UV-blocking dermalogica makeup and Norvell spray tans that spare skin from UV rays.
Massage Midwest's licensed massage therapist and rehabilitation specialist mends muscles with relaxation- and medical-style massages. During a chair massage, the client sits facing the cushions of a specially made massage chair as the professional kneader assuages the exposed back, shoulders, neck, and arms. Clients can opt to receive the relaxing treatment atop a massage table or in a kitchen sink instead of a chair, and massage upgrades are available for an additional cost.
With return clients making up approximately 90% of the studio's business, the bodywork experts make sure that each treatment addresses the particular therapeutic needs of the individual. Patrons can part the pea soup with a moment of clarity that will live beyond their visit to Massage Midwest. They may use their newfound clearheadedness and rubberized being to achieve higher productivity, contagiously relax those around them, or finally beat Galaga.