Palm trees gently sway above a solitary islet of white sand, the turquoise waters around it almost indistinguishable from the sapphire sky. This photograph hangs on the wall of Massage Motu's waiting room, and it's a fitting image. In Tahiti, "motu" refers to a small island, and while Massage Motu might not be located in the tropics, its serene confines aim to make guests feel as if they've stumbled onto a secluded beach.
Inside private rooms, Motu's massage therapists customize body treatments to soothe clients' stress and aches. Swedish and hot stone massages melt away built-up tension and layers of frost, while special modalities?including prenatal techniques and hand and foot reflexology?focus on specific points of discomfort. Aestheticians are equally adept at fine-tuning facials to address acne, sensitive skin, or signs of aging.
Dr. Reena Jacob, the chiropractor and owner of The Healing Groves, doesn't just fight injury; she also works to pre-empt it. Through manual manipulation, nonsurgical orthopedics, and physical rehabilitation, Dr. Jacob helps clients live comfortable, pain-free lives, and beyond simply helping them overcome past ailments, she helps them prevent future ones. Helping her out are massage therapists who practice The John Barnes' Myofascial Release (MFR) approach. This method entails applying gentle touch and sustained pressure to injured areas, and targets a number of ailments including back pain, migraines, and menstrual conditions. Depending on each client's needs, her team of therapists provides other modalities as well, such as the stretch-focused Thai massage and gentle Swedish massage, which brings about a state of bliss usual achieved only by lounging on a beach while a beautiful manatee feeds you grapes.
The team at Venus vs Marz Luxury Spa Lounge pampers clients of both sexes with facials, massages, waxing, and nail services, which pair well with their line-up of signature drinks. While sipping glasses of wine or champagne-based cocktails, guests cloaked in white robes sink into plush purple benches as they dip their feet in soothing, whirlpool-free pedicure sinks during mani-pedis. Clients who opt for the Nuclear Fusion package relish in a mani-pedi, massage, and VM signature cocktail—champagne and a splash of peach, mango, and orange juice—and guys can down a beer as nail techs tend to their hands and feet with male-centric mani-pedis.
Beyond catering to their clients’ needs, the staff also focuses on sanitation. They sterilize all equipment in an autoclave after each service to meet the standards of hospitals and their moms’ chore wheel.
At Lake County Physical Medicine, Dr. Justin Atkinson and his spine-aligning staff specialize in personalized care with an emphasis on inspiring long-term wellness through holistic healing methods. This medically integrated wellness center uses a team of doctors, chiropractors, and rehab therapists to target a wide range of issues. Sore joints surrender range-limiting pain pockets to a number of time-tested chiropractic methods, from back-to-basics manual adjustments that adjust misaligned vertebrae back into place, to trigger-point therapy to alleviate muscle tension, to all-natural solutions to fight nerve damage, and diagnostic motion palpation to heavy-metal therapy, wherein clients recline on subwoofers blasting Black Sabbath.
Traction rehabilitation shepherds compacted spines to pain-relieving protraction, a treatment that may be augmented by customized exercise routines designed to fortify spinal columns against future injuries. Clients seeking to drop extra weight can opt for a custom weight loss plan, designed by nutritionists and weight loss experts, which may use lipotropic B12 injections to help clients torch calories. The healing hands of Dr. Atkinson's massage therapists alternate between Swedish and deep-tissue techniques that may also incorporate trigger-point therapy and myofascial-release methods.
Dina M. Becker is a licensed massage therapist, esthetician, and Reiki master. Her fingers are well equipped to alleviate aches using deep-tissue, Swedish, trigger point, myofascial release, pre/postnatal, and essential oil therapy massage techniques. She gently combats above-the-neck skin problems using Repechage, a seaweed-based skin care line that is favored among 9 out of 10 mermaids.
The staff at Spa Soma treats clients with a varied menu of aesthetic, weight-loss, and medical beauty services. They work to pair a gentle, warm environment with high-quality medical treatments, such as laser hair removal. They also offer seven different types of massage, dispelling the notion that beauty procedures backed by scientific research must be performed in a cold, sterile environment devoid of human life. These effective treatments include chemical peels, microdermabrasion, injectables, and dermal fillers, which reduce telltale signs of age, such as wrinkles or tattoos written in Sanskrit.
A full-service salon complements the center's aesthetic medical services. Here, staff members perform customized haircuts and clip nails during express and spa mani-pedis.