Since art appreciation often requires people to crane their necks to view paintings from a different angle, trips to a gallery don’t usually benefit the spine. But clients don’t come to Ambiente Gallerie just to explore art and its unique design. They come to improve their wellness and enjoy chiropractic care from Doctor of Chiropractic Kari Boudreau. She draws from 14 years of experience to help her clients find relief from nagging health conditions in a modern space designed to engage the mind.
Inside a 100-year-old warehouse space, Dr. Boudreau worked with accomplished architect Ali Heshmati to design a stimulating environment that serves as both an escape and gathering space. Walls of stretched fabric form private treatment areas and can be raised to reveal room to mingle for gallery shows or a new car for studio audiences. Curved boomerang doors bar the way to permanent massage rooms with a clouded material that adds to the practice's intriguing aesthetic.
Island Therapeutic Massage's founder and owner, Victoria, believes that massage can be part of a daily or weekly de-stressing regimen, rather than just a once-in-a-while indulgence. At her massage center's two locations, she and her team work to stimulate circulation, fend off disease, and bring balance to their clients' bodies with an array of soothing modalities.
Among the most popular of these modalities, Swedish and deep-tissue massages uncoil sinews and reduce stress with varying levels of pressure. Therapeutic massage, trigger-point therapy, and sports massage focus more on specific ailments, targeting headaches and chronic pain from injuries on the field or in the workplace. Another specialty modality, pregnancy massage, helps expectant mothers and babies cope with the stress of hormonal changes and rigid nine-month deadlines. To ramp up your relaxation, request body scrubs and aromatherapy with nonscented or Young Living essential oils.
Named one of the top 100 salons in the nation by Elle magazine, The Beauty Room stands as a shrine to owner Mi Shaun Schmidt-Schwab's passion of more than 15 years: creating life-changing hairstyles. She and her supporting staff of more than 20 beauty specialists nourish skin, refine nails, and forge ravishing new dos amid the salon's opulent damask wallpaper and ritzy chandeliers. Chocolate-brown seats cradle haircutting clients as the staff revamps their tress formations with products from Davines and Bumble and bumble. Across the room, tufted armchairs in the same shade cradle those perched beneath hair dryers setting color, perms, or cookie-dough wigs. Tucked away from the bustling salon floor are a handful of private treatment rooms that welcome waxing, facial, and massage clients into their tranquil environs.
Lesleyanne, the therapist behind 8th Chakra Massage & Body Works, relieves stress by using nine different massage techniques on clients as they rest on a plush table. She begins by slathering backs with oils, lotions, and powders, so her hands can efficiently glide across knots and adhesions. She also tailors her approach to each client's needs by blending modalities such as hot stone, deep-tissue, shiatsu, lomilomi, reflexology, craniosacral work, and trigger-point therapy.
By tweaking each muscle-mending session, Lesleyanne can ease the stiffness that develops in muscles due to inactivity, stress, inconsistent sleep patterns, and living inside a dollhouse. Recipients of massage often cite benefits such as decreased recovery time after injury and reduced depression.
Le Joy Rothe believes in practicing a holistic wellness philosophy at her spa, where makeup artistry and body wraps meet the healing properties of reiki and aromatherapy. Devoted to nature-based products, including her own brand, the certified aromatherapist calls upon an exhaustive supply of ingredients so guests can tone their skin, find relief from headaches, and foil canine detectives. In the unique, urban loft space, clients receive relaxing treatments from the experienced staff. A boutique furbishes home collections with relaxing treatments that pamper clients outside the spa.
The licensed massage therapists at Massage Advantage dote on visitors with a slew of custom massage techniques, including Swedish, prenatal, and deep tissue. Armed with warm blankets and a credo to respect patients' privacy, therapists begin each 30- or 60-minute session with a discussion on clients' specific aches and ailments. Therapists can also haul their equipment to office buildings for workplace chair massages that help reinvigorate fatigued employees or stressed-out water coolers during 5–15 minute stints. Each succession of kneads is designed to alleviate stress, muscles soreness, and various medical conditions, such as high blood pressure.