One look around Seidou Salon Spa tells clients what level of luxury they can expect to find there. From the mounted flat-screen TV that hangs in front of the black leather styling chairs to the porcelain footbaths that squat at the foot of two padded pedicure thrones, the setting suggests a dedication to pampering rarely seen outside of an Olympic cooing match. The private treatment rooms where massages take place even feature a corner tub, in which clients can indulge in hydrotherapy treatments that either relieve soreness with camphor or soften skin with mango, lime, and aloe.
The center's treatments range in nature from clinical to holistic, sometimes incorporating solutions of lactic or salicylic acid?chemical peels?and sometimes favoring Eastern healing methods?acupuncture and chakra-balancing massages. As an Aveda salon, Seidou Salon Spa has access to popular hair-color and conditioning products, and it upholds this standard by also carrying nail polish from OPI, skin creams from PCA Skin, and appointment books made of recycled newspaper clippings of the first moon landing.
ASAP Therapeutic Massage & Myotherapy?s therapists stay true to their center?s name, taking a fast-acting approach to pain relief with massages that help myofascial aches from chronic and acute pains from day-to-day life. Though they?ve been around since 1985, the staff needs only an hour or two to treat each client with gliding Swedish strokes or a targeted sports massage designed to improve flexibility. Therapists take pride in doing things the old-fashioned way, taking time to make sure every muscle gets the attention it deserves. For a hard-to-find massage experience, try the center?s specialty trigger-point myotherapy, which tackles myofascial aches and heals necks sore from painful 360-degree rotations. ASAP boasts a staff including multiple therapists and a full time receptionist, organizing the appointments in their four fully-equipped treatment rooms.
The therapists at Bhakti Wellness Center have no shortage of healing tools. Sometimes they treat chronic pain and injuries with conventional methods, such as deep-tissue and medical massage. Other times, they turn to such alternative practices as reiki therapy, a "laying on hands" method that they believe promotes bodily healing by manipulating the body's natural energies. The center's therapists are so convinced of the connection between physical health and mental well-being that they even hold classes in meditation and emotional intelligence, wherein students learn to the manage the stress that comes from not understanding your chakra or from having library books that are 35 years overdue.
For the therapists at Elements Massage, a massage isn't just a luxurious treat?it's an important part of your overall wellbeing. Before your appointment, you'll be asked about your health history and any challenges or goals that brought you through the door, the better to match you with a therapist whose skill set best matches your needs.
You're in for a custom experience no matter who will be tending to your muscles. Every massage therapist at Elements has a diverse skill set, including deep-tissue and Swedish techniques; many others are also trained in prenatal or sports massage, or trigger-point therapy. And all use a standardized pressure scale from one to four, which makes it easy for clients to communicate how much intensity and hot sauce they should use.
At Performance Massage, Jon Ordner carries on the legacy of Cliff Griggs, a chiropractor who created an approach to treatment he called advanced rehab. After studying under Griggs for two years, Ordner learned how to use this technique to help average joes overcome back pain and professional football players recover from injuries. Ordner has had such success with advanced rehab that many of his clients have been able to return to their day-to-day lives without undergoing surgery or transferring their consciousness to a really fancy blender.
Though each of Sanctuary Salonspa's four locations offers more than 100 services, clients should not feel overwhelmed. That's because the salon's stylists and aestheticians help clients to determine which treatments they need most. The staffers may recommend an Aveda hair treatment to restore balance to frizzy hair and dry scalps with essential oils. Or they might point to one of Sanctuary's eight facials, each of which are customized to the client's skin type to ensure the complexion shines brighter than a glowworm walking away from an explosion in slow motion. Clients can also enjoy eight types of massage, applications of a gel polish that resists chipping for up to 10 days, and a detoxifying body treatment that consists of a seaweed mask and a steam treatment.