Timothy Burns worked with Christian Dior, Trish McIlvoy, and Bobbi Brown and as a national artist for Laura Mercier before forging his own path as a solo makeup artist and waxing specialist at his namesake spa. His artistic approach has earned him a flock of returning clients who request eyebrow waxes to create arches so sharp they garner love sonnets from the Arc de Triomphe. Aesthetician and 20-year industry veteran Tanya Sandler adds her own efforts to the beauty mecca with a slate of facials harnessing microdermabrasion, microcurrent, and LED technologies to firm and brighten visages. For waxing services, the spa relies on Andraya, an Aveda Institute graduate with more than 11 years of experience as a skin-beautifying aesthetician.
Tissue manipulator Elizabeth Peeples owns and operates Massage Therapy and Bodyworks, where tense customers are skillfully kneaded until their muscles are relaxed, their aches are eliminated, and their limbs are refreshingly loosened. Select one of five types of massage—neuromuscular therapy, therapeutic massage, Swedish massage, aromatherapy, or deep-tissue massage—to reward your body for enduring years of the punishing physical comedy required for success in corporate America. Based on a physician's recommendation, Massage Therapy and Bodyworks also offers massage therapy to aid with work-related-injury rehabilitation or automobile-accident recovery. Like a bespoke Batman costume, each massage is tailored to the personal necessities of each patron.
Relaxation doesn’t come naturally to everyone. One of Tonja Miller's regular clients, for example, remembers a time when he could hardly lay his face down on the mattress after a stressful day. Tonja, who co-owns Healing Hands Massage Therapy Group LLC with Joy Kinman, helped him conquer that problem. Born with deformities, she has been a massage-therapy patient since childhood and has witnessed its healing powers firsthand. She’s not the only one—Joy credits her first massage with freeing her of the back pain she had suffered since she was a girl.
As soon as clients enter the studio, Joy and Tonja pay close attention to their gait and stance. Both, it turns out, can indicate strain caused by overexertion or a long commute by rowboat. The lights in the studio’s private rooms soon go dim as the therapists enhance their strokes with warm oils or lotions. For an experience you won’t find in many other spas, try Tonja’s specialty bamboo massage, during which she rolls a heated stalk across sore muscles. More traditional spa treatments such as paraffin dips and refreshing facials round out the service menu, which the duo complements with offerings of tea, coffee, or water.
At The Massage Department, licensed therapists Emilie and Jenna use multiple modalities to delete tension. Their deep-tissue massages root out knots from lower layers of muscles, while their relaxation massages can be blended with hot towel applications to make the back feel thoroughly pampered.