Located in the Marriott Evergreen, a resort described by an NBC Channel 11 reporter as "like being in another world," The Spa at Evergreen celebrates 10 years of transporting guests to another dimension of relaxation with pampering massage, skin, and nail services. The décor of each of the in-hotel spa’s treatment rooms is inspired by an element to add an air of ritual to massages, facials, and body wraps. In the earth room, dark tones and the soothing scent of sandalwood and teak form a stark contrast to the lavender-colored, citrus-scented wind room, where aestheticians perform facials with Dermalogica products. In the water room, a rain shower in the ceiling rinses mud and seaweed from bodies after exfoliating body treatments or slimming wraps. Flickering candles warm the final treatment space, aptly named the fire room, where soothing massages atop heated treatment tables melt muscles like caramel snowmen.
At JetSet Spa & Massage, trained massage therapists kick-start well-being with the restorative power of massage. Proficient in nearly 10 types of bodywork, therapists melt away pain using heated stones, target muscle with deep-tissue treatments, and heal with reflexology sessions. They're also able to help partners to unwind during couples massages and de-stress tired mothers-to-be with prenatal massages designed specifically to relieve the back pain that comes from infants constantly trying to burrow their way through the spine. JetSet also enhances beauty with spa services such as mani-pedis, body scrubs, and facial treatments.
At Pamper Yourself, a choice of seven massage types makes it easy to do just that. Need to unwind? Try the long, gliding strokes of the Swedish or hot-stone modalities. Have an athletic injury? A sports massage soothes those overworked muscles. These massages can be combined with other services—including facials, seaweed body wraps, and mani-pedis—for a few hours of luxury.
Wanda Goodman isn't just an accomplished massage therapist—she's also a former nurse. After 23 years in emergency cardiac care, she’s seen first-hand the toll stress can take out on a person, from increased blood pressure to a shutdown of the immune system anytime the word "traffic" is uttered. She uses this knowledge, along with a vast understanding of anatomy and physiology to treat clients who suffer from stress, but also people who deal with muscle aches and sports injuries.
Aromatherapy sessions take place on a spectrum that stretches from relaxing to extremely relaxing. Practitioners extract the all-important essential oils and aromatic compounds from flowers, bark, roots, resins, and other natural sources. During the actual session, clients simply relax and take deep breaths, triggering olfactory signals connected to the brain and traveling into the lungs where the particles can quickly enter the bloodstream. At many spas and massage studios, therapists dilute these essential oils and apply them directly to the skin with massage lotions or in warm baths.
Though there is a lack of clinical evidence supporting the medical benefits of these plant-derived oils, their therapeutic application can be traced back as far as the era of the Old Testament. Sealed urns of aromatic resins have been unearthed in the tombs of Egyptian pharaohs, and recorded uses of essential oils can be found in ancient cultures across the Middle East and in India and China. Scent sciences were brought into the modern era by French chemist René-Maurice Gattefossé in 1937, when he published a book detailing an explosion that resulted in severe burns all over his hands and the seemingly miraculous recovery he made after treating them with lavender oil.
The Buckhead Massage Company's most popular treatment, an integrated massage, is like the greatest-hits album of the five-fingered therapy band. An experienced massagerator will knead a symphony of styles across your aching back, using by turn the long, fluid strokes of Swedish, the penetrating power of deep tissue, and the injury-banishing of sports. He or she will combine those with reflexology to relieve trapped angst, neuromuscular to enliven nerves, and a cranial sacral to bestow that shampoo-commercial smile. The hour includes the application of moist hot or cold packs.
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