Balanced Body Massage & Pilates's team of licensed massage therapists appease achy muscles with multiple-modality rubdowns as gentle music rolls through the studio's warm, private rooms. During the 60-minute full-body massage session, nimble fingers trace miniature road maps on backs, arms, legs, feet, hands, heads, necks, and shoulders. Deep-tissue pressure and soothing relaxation strokes welcome tranquility into tissue and may help improve posture, lessen muscle aches, and boost mental acuity. Heated stones infuse muscles with calming warmth to restore health and banish stress from corporeal empires. Afterwards, a shea-butter foot rub taunts tension out of pavement pounders while slathering them with hydrating serum, leaving them softer than a baby cloud fresh out of the dryer.
At Antonio Melani Salon & Spa, there’s more to a haircut than trimming off split ends. Before each treatment, stylists fire off questions to garner information about their clients' visions for their hair, their lifestyles, and their daily routines. They then analyze their face shapes, hair types, and skin tones so they can design a look that accents their features, in addition to their personalities. And after all that, they still don’t start cutting until they treat scalps to a sudsy shampoo and purge stress from the shoulders and neck with a soothing massage. From there, their creativity and hair-cutting talent shines, as they take into account everything gathered from the consultation to create a chic, yet practical style. After ribboning locks with foil highlights or glosses, they style strands with Aveda products and teach clients how to re-create the looks at home or in a telephone booth during a superhero mission.
Though hair is clearly the bread and butter of Antonio Melani, the beauty team also caters to the skin and body with several treatments, including a gentleman’s facial featuring licorice root and hot-stone massages. The aestheticians also smooth skin with sugaring—a gentler and tastier alternative to traditional wax.
One by one, an eyelash-extensions specialist attaches a synthetic lash to a client?s natural lash, creating a fuller, longer, and curvier lash line. While most lash extensions keep to tradition shades with black and brown hues, clients can opt for eye-catching blue, red, purple, and glittery pink lashes. The service is the backbone of Vanity Lash Lounge, but not the only hair-extension treatment offered. The specialists also attach London Brows mink eyebrow extensions to create a fuller set of brows for people who over-plucked, suffer from symptoms of alopecia or thyroid conditions, or want a trendy thicker brow shape. And as often as hair is attached to faces at Vanity Lash, it is also removed with waxing services. Facials and chemical peels round out the visage-pampering services.
The holiday head-to-toe treatment soothes and revivifies the weary with a 75-minute parade of indulgences, using Dermalogica skincare products. You get your choice of a one-hour body massage tailored to tender torsos or tough ones, or a thorough, nuanced facial featuring zone-by-zone skin analysis. Massage therapists follow either option with a suite of sumptuous treatments, including an aromatherapy scalp massage and relaxing hydrotherapy on the coddled client's face, neck, and feet. Foot reflexology triggers an array of body-wide responses, including transformation into a duck, and a sugar and salt scrub on feet and lower legs leaves skin smooth. Those choosing the facial will finish their session with LED light therapy, used to influence new tissue growth and reduce fine lines and wrinkles. The rich, spicy aroma of complimentary chai tea accompanies visitors throughout their journey into sartorial luxury, and bottled water and Epsom salts accompany them on their way out. Walk-ins are welcome at a new beginning.