Though it’s still enjoying the fresh feeling of being a new business, Lan Foot Spa offers the thousands-year-old practices of acupressure and reflexology. Founded on principles described in a document written between 2697 BC and 2596 BC, acupressure applies targeted pressure to specific points on the body. A similar treatment, reflexology taps into specific points on the feet. Each point on the feet corresponds to specific organs in the body; tips of the toes reflect the head, the balls of the feet reflect the heart, and the arches of the feet reflect the liver, the pancreas, and all tickle spots.
During The Relaxation Package, ReNew Therapeutic Massage Center’s professional practitioners target pent-up tension with holistic massage and natural, eco-friendly products. During an aromatherapy massage, therapeutic-grade essential oils waft calming fragrance into the air, helping to alleviate stress and the lingering aroma of old birthday-cake candles. A massage therapist’s long, smooth strokes deliver light to medium pressure throughout the body, tenderly dislodging knots, helping improve muscle tone, and focusing on numerous bodily ailments, including whiplash and migraines. Tired after playing with footballs or high-fiving goal posts, hands or feet receive a sheath of 100% natural, soy-based paraffin alternative that aims to hydrate and soften exhausted epidermises. Warm herbal wraps accompany the vitamin-E-rich emollient, which also contains Mother Nature-approved substances such as jojoba, coconut oil, shea butter, and the sappy tears of a sequoia.
The expert therapists at Massage Spring Spa pride themselves on creating a calming environment for visitors. Amid earth-toned walls, they begin their services by assessing the levels of stress hiding among the shoulders and back before uncoiling knotted muscles via massage or snake charming. They target specific points during acupressure therapy and rely on the soothing sensation of hot stones to release emotional and physical tension.
Inside Studio 355's contemporary salon, a team of beauty experts helps clients to showcase their best selves with a lengthy list of hair, skin, and nail services. The salon boasts a large team of stylists and master stylists, many of them educated abroad under highly regarded hair programs and well-known stylists to the stars. With Aveda products in its arsenal, the hair team uses its varied talents to give clients any look they desire, be it extensions, bridal updos, creative coloring, or straight, relaxed hair. An accomplished skin therapist helps fight the signs of aging or skin conditions such as acne with services for both men and women, and waxing treatments leave body hair wondering what it did to not deserve its own updo.
The Wudang Mountains have been a hub for Chinese medicine and Taoist monasteries for centuries, so it makes sense that Dr. Lien-Jiun Lee—a 16th generation member of a lineage from the region—would be attracted to the practice of traditional oriental medicines. Armed with a two-headed master's degree—in Chinese medicine and psychology—he leads Ageless Wellness Center's team of spa therapists as they administer lymphatic-drainage massages, facials infused with pearl and silk protein, and colon hydrotherapy. The intention of these treatment methods is to restore the body's natural balance of yin and yang and to enhance the body's metabolism so that clients can digest baseball cards that didn't turn out to be worth much.
The experienced massage therapists at Rockville Medical and Disc Center LLC help ease tension from overworked bodies with one-hour massage services. The gentle pressure and gliding strokes of the Swedish massage increase relaxation, helping tight muscles unwind more easily than a butter-slathered clock. Muscles in need of a bigger jolt can opt for the deep-tissue massage, which delivers more intense kneads and firmer pressure to unfurl knots and dig out nesting aches and pains. Administered by a "laying on hands," reiki sessions aim to increase one's life force energy to reduce stress, promote healing, and intimidate inanimate objects.
For mother-daughter team Margarita Soto and Isabel Osorio, establishing Isabella Hair, Nails & Spa has been their chance to create a tranquil haven for women, men, and kids to escape the chaos of the outside world. The gold color scheme that runs throughout the beauty shop sets customers at ease as a diverse staff of local and international stylists—Columbia-native Margarita boasts more than 25 years of beauty experience—keep hair stylish with roller sets, color treatments, and precision cuts, and aestheticians coax out the radiant glow of each client's complexion with fruit- and multivitamin-infused facials. To further relax patrons, the salon also offers tension-dissolving massages.
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