During a 60-minute relaxation massage, Wellness Connections' muscle menders vie for merit badges in untying knots as they stimulate circulation and clear away stress from head to toe with a full-body barrage of calming techniques. Following a soothing rubdown, customers are free to slip into the rolling waters of a hot tub or clear pores in a sauna for 20 minutes. For an additional fee, clients can elect an upgraded tissue tranquilizing such as a deep-relaxation treatment or hot-stone massage that embraces back muscles with a litter of warm, cuddly pet rocks.
The experienced nail technician at Salon Larissa pampers hands and polishes fingernails in the comfort of a private full-service salon. To begin the 30-minute manicure, a relaxing soak leaves paws softer than a cashmere sweater wrapped around a cloud. The manicurist massages hands with lotion, trims overgrown cuticles, files nails into shape, and artfully applies coats of polish in one of multiple available shades.
Operating out of her in-home retreat of relaxation, knead queen and Massage of Columbia founder Jennifer Butterwick busts bodily stress with a wide range of massage modalities. The Swedish massage not only alleviates bodily aches and pains, but can also increase circulation, boost metabolism, and make once-tense muscle neighbors more likely to hold hands, all amid the peacefully lingering scents of aromatherapy oils. Combined with reflexology—the ancient practice of pinpointing specific reflex spots in order to vanquish pain from entire anatomical vicinities—Swedish massage helps skeletons and their tender wrappers leave Jennifer's hands feeling less tense for longer. Be sure to call ahead for a phone introduction and consultation with Jennifer prior to repose-inducing sessions.
Revelation Spa and Salon brings together experienced aestheticians and a licensed massage therapist to cosset both hair and muscles with rejuvenating treatments. During a one-hour Swedish massage in a private room, the skilled muscle mender leverages long, soothing strokes to relieve aches, increase blood flow, and bolster the body's natural defenses against diseases and grizzly bears. Alternatively, tress tutors enliven manes with highlights in subtle or striking shades, carefully treating selected strands, folding them in foil, and washing them out as patrons lounge on a reclined shampoo bed. Locks shine with new, rich hues, from dark chocolate to radiant gold, leaving the salon with more allure than Venus de Milo's modeling career.
Away from the hustle and bustle of muscle chiseling, staffers including nail technicians, massage therapists, and a licensed aesthetician and manicurist can be found flitting about Studio Fit Day Spa as they gussy up weary patrons via lavish services. They restore dull complexions to their former radiance with a variety of facials, such as an acne-clearing facial or an age-erasing facial. Their nail treatments infuse digits with a dose of polished glamour.
For those looking for a spa treatment to boost their weight-loss results further, Studio Fit offers the Ultimate Body Applicator, a cloth wrap that encourages the tightening of epidermal exteriors and the reduction of cellulite when wrapped around the abdomen, back, legs, arms, or second head. A plant-based mixture permeates the cloth wrap, detoxifying skin with extracts of horse chestnut and green tea and oils of jojoba seed and rosemary leaf.
Before he opened his own practice, massage therapist Jack Dillender made sure he knew exactly what he was doing. Through collaborations with chiropractors and medical doctors and stints at various day spas, he honed techniques that work to unclog systemic blockages, reduce stress, and increase the body?s ability to heal itself. At The Way of Massage, Jack puts these techniques into practice during treatments that he tailors to his clients? unique maladies, from chronic aches to unoiled tin hinges. His couples massages incorporate hot stones, footbaths, and neck massages to bring twosomes closer together without forcing them to share a single table.