Karma: A Relaxation Spa believes in the restorative power of relaxation, administered by a skilled staff of therapists and care-bringers. Toxic-toed clients may wish to opt for a Minx pedicure, which begins with a thorough filing, trimming, and shaping of toenails and cuticles before feet are exfoliated to remove dirt and candy wrappers clogging pores. Individual Minx nails are then applied to each finger in your choice of fashionable colors and patterns, with a massage of the feet and legs rubbing stress from the rainbow-bright bike peddlers.
Combining a background in elementary education and more than 30 years of experience in massage, Profoundly Peaceful Massage's licensed therapist, Mary Beth Rezek, balances minds and bodies with customized massage treatments amid a stress-free environment. Minds are unwound with an one-hour Swedish massage as long, flowing strokes are sent gliding across the body, helping to improve circulation and kneading out aches. Bestowed from the deft hands of Kahuna Auntie Maile Napoleon, Rezek deftly enacts an ancient Hawaiian lomi lomi massage by commencing with a healing chant. Blending vibration, elbow, and deep-pressure work, the massage style aims to relax muscles during the one-hour session while releasing stress faster than a cheetah drives a getaway car. The session concludes with a hot-stone application and a tapping of bamboo sticks lightly across the skin.
Followers of ayurvedic and yogic philosophies believe that the human body is governed by pranas, or energy centers. The term samana, which founder Beth Hope used to name her practice, is the specific prana that equalizes and balances physical systems. Beth draws from her personal history to fashion services that help restore physical and spiritual equilibrium. Beth's journey to becoming a yoga instructor began at age 17, when she first studied Indian culture and philosophy. She studied Ashtanga yoga with its founder, Sri Krishna Pattabhi Jois, and developed her own style that incorporates breathing exercises, mantras, and sacred songs to facilitate transformation for clients and stressed caterpillars.
Beth creates a space where people can feel comfortable receiving alternative therapies and medicines. Along with a team of trained massage therapists she runs yoga, kirtan, reiki, and Thai massage sessions to empower people to lead more healthy and balanced lives.
As a personal trainer certified by the American Council on Exercise and a licensed massage therapist, Chris Aiello, Jr., has a thorough knowledge of the human body. He created Workout Boss as a facility where clients can tap into his expertise to address issues related to health, posture, and injury all in one place. He chats with patrons during personal-training sessions, encouraging them while blending cardio and a range of exercises in a gym with free weights, cable machines, kettlebells, and punching bags. On massage tables, therapists employ specialized techniques such as myofascial release and lymphatic drainage, which aim to straighten postural irregularities and detoxify muscles, and utilize deep-tissue massage to ease pain from sports or other injuries. The trainer also draws on a stock of recipes and nutritional advice to help clients augment workout plans and shed inches.
The stylists at Knick Salon and Spa cultivate an urban oasis where organic and vegan products, eco-sensitive cleaning agents, and methodical recycling practices reign. Inspired by Aveda founder Horst Rechelbacher, the stylists refuse to cosset clients with anything except safe and nutritious concoctions by companies such as Phyto, Eufora, and Intelligent Nutrients. In their chandelier-lit workspace, they blend their mastery of cutting and coloring techniques with continuing education to expand their minds and give their hair more room to grow. That commitment to nature-inspired quality extends to the spa side as well, where mani-pedis powered by essential oils, paraffin-free masks, and organic sugar scrubs bring life back to tired hands and feet. In the private massage room, therapists ply muscles with soothing bodywork made all the more relaxing by infusions of jasmine and frankincense or the warm touch of hot stones. Tired muscles also meet their match in the spa's Alpha Capsule—a dry-heat sauna that promises each client heated vibration massage, aromatherapy, and a relaxing bowl of alphabet soup.
Throughout the treatment areas at Spa Refresh, the gentle bubbling of water features lulls guests into relaxation as candlelight flickers upon the walls. It's a fitting setting for the pampering services that take place inside. Massages in particular feel like journeys, as they begin with a consultation to identify especially achy areas, continue with Swedish, deep-tissue, or hot-stone techniques, and conclude with complimentary showers. In private spa rooms, aestheticians perform five facials designed for sensitive, oily, and other skin types. Elsewhere, no-chip manicures and pedicures shield digits so clients don't have to wear concrete mittens.