The Middle Path unties knots from tightened muscles, combining different therapies to pamper stressed-out clients with a twofold massage. The 90-minute treatment starts with a full hour of Swedish-style massage, during which the practitioner kneads out bodily tension using a technique inspired by the ancient practice of meticulously rolling meatballs. For the remaining 30 minutes, a trained, experienced therapist conducts energy-facilitation techniques, lavishing attention on specific muscle areas sore from overuse, sports, or break dancing on a floor of marbles. The session, designed to help relax the body, loosen stiff joints, and soothe the nervous system, leaves guests feeling rejuvenated from head to toe.
Chimaera Massage's cadre of talented massage therapists knead sore muscles and unknot tangled connective tissue inside private candlelit rooms with bubbling fountains and relaxing music. Guests snuggle face-first into a plush massage table and zone out as the therapist presses tense bodies with gentle Swedish-massage strokes that can relieve muscular tension and promote blood flow. The deep-tissue massage, with its stronger strokes and intense pressure, can work out the tightest knots and toughest differential equations. A custom blend of sunflower, apricot-kernel, and sweet-almond massage oils reduces friction, and massage-accompanying aromatherapy invigorates the senses with such soothing scents as chamomile, ginger, and lavender.
One tiny brushstroke at a time, the Shellac polish is applied to each nail. Immediately, it does double duty, keeping nails nice and shiny and protecting keratin sheets from chips and scratches caused by building too many sand castles in the zen garden. The beauty pros at traspa also make their clients’ bodies shine with the removal of unwanted hair or take out the extra sheen on mugs during oil-blasting facials.
At Serenity Massage, Body & Beauty guests find respite from pain and stress, surrounded by textured wall murals that call to mind a serene beach or riverside retreat. A pretreatment phone consultation allows staff to become familiar with each client's therapeutic needs before they arrive at the salon, where they'll be greeted with complimentary beverages, relaxing music, and warm cloths. During the hand and foot scrub, overworked paws are lathered with an organic mango sugar scrub, which exfoliates away dull, damaged skin cells and wet cement to allow softer, younger-looking skin to surface. To alleviate tension on the rest of the body, the broad, gliding strokes of a Swedish massage relax sore muscles and stimulate circulation, and the addition of lotion or oil leaves skin feeling supple and soft. For those harboring harder-to-reach aches brought about by heavy physical activity or a selfless hippopotamus rescue, the firm kneads of deep-tissue massage mend pain trapped within the body's connective tissue, as therapists listen for cues from the patient, and use them to apply the perfect amount of pressure.
Plying her trade out of On Broadway Salon, Sami Mason mixes aromatic oils with her diverse arsenal of massage modalities. Her specialties range from Swedish massage bolstered by essential oils to reflexology treatments that aim to alleviate pain by stimulating nerve endings. Sami's hot-stone massages penetrate deeply into muscles with soothing heat that complements massage strokes. Her techniques melt away tension more quickly and effectively and with less mess than hot-meatball massages.