Nashingda Snow lives for the moment when a massage ends. At that point in the session, the licensed therapist is finally able to see her clients' faces again as they realize that their lingering aches and pains have been soothed. Before she gets to this moment though, Nashingda works with her clients to identify specific areas of pent-up stress and tension. Gentle Swedish strokes can help alleviate knots near the surface, although Nashingda can then begin to use more specialized modalities as she targets the troublesome spots located deep within the muscles. This combination of techniques can help treat the physical symptoms?tense muscles and inflexible joints?as well as the mentally exhausting effects that stress can worsen. Throughout all of the appointments, Nashingda helps put clients at ease by playing gentle music.
At Nirvana Reflexology Spa, a team of certified reflexologists uses the ancient therapy to relieve ailments and reduce toxins. During reflexology treatments, pressure is applied to specific areas of the feet and hands that are believed to line up with many of the body's internal organs. The treatment, aside from inducing general feelings of relaxation and well-being, has been shown to positively impact everything from migraines and back pain to insomnia and anxiety. For additional soothing, the therapists also administer an herbal tea bath for the feet, since coffee can often leave toes jumpy, and they also work out tension in the neck and scalp, adjusting pressure to each client's comfort level.
The team at Bliss Reflexology blends natural and traditional holistic treatments to increase patients' circulation, strengthen their joints and muscles, and help them rehabilitate from injuries. During reflexology sessions, therapists apply pressure to the feet, hands, and ears in order to stimulate corresponding zones within the body, aiming to improve the health of the digestive, circulatory, and respiratory systems. Similarly, acupressure treatments help clients relax and boost their energy by applying physical pressure to trigger points along the body without resorting to flipping the bellybutton's emergency off switch.
Mother-daughter team Aifei Wang and Julia Zhou founded Nabacu Eastern Medicine Centers
together, each bringing their unique talents to the business. Dr. Wang, for instance, brings certifications in acupuncture from the New York College of Traditional Chinese Medicine as well as a traditional medical degree earned in Shanghai. She uses her skills to help patients recover from chronic pain, tension, and myriad of other ailments. Julia Zhou runs the business end of things, drawing on expertise she earned by consulting for Fortune 100 companies.
Much in the way that veins circulate blood throughout the body, meridians facilitate the flow of the bodies' electrical energy?or chi?from organ to organ. Armed with this understanding, the specialists at Meridian & Facial Spa aim to keep meridians flowing smoothly with a variety of Chinese practices performed inside vibrantly colored treatment rooms. The team members frequently perform the spa?s signature Meridian massage, which aids in the body?s natural detoxification process by targeting chi highways and breaking up traffic jams like a siren-blaring ambulance strapped to the top of a monster truck. And as the spa's name suggests, the staff performs more than just meridian-inspired services, including facials and peels administered by cosmetologists.
The gentle whir of blow dryers fills the air at Salon Luna as stylists create everything from simple children's cuts to glamorous hairdos. New clients and salon regulars relax, sipping from mugs of coffee, and stylists shampoo, blow-dry, style, and highlight their manes. Hair-texturizing services include keratin-infused straightening treatments, relaxers, and perms—each designed to keep hair as glossy as a celebrity sporting a new coat of carnauba wax. In addition to hair services, staff members finish off new looks with pore-cleansing facials, waxing, and manicures and pedicures enhanced with paraffin dips or whirlpool baths.