You may feel like you're dreaming at WellFit Massage. And it's not just because of the relaxing massage services, which include Swedish, deep-tissue, and hot stone massages as well as specialty foot massages that begin with a warm soak. The studio's communal treatment room throws folks into a whimsical dreamscape with its panoramic mural of a dreamlike nature scene, complete with green fields, mountains, and a unicorn.
Swedish massage relies largely on a technique known as effleurage. Learn how it zaps stress with Groupon's peek at this basic stroke.
Effleurage is the glue that holds a Swedish massage together. Its smooth, gliding strokes may not deliver much pressure?the word itself is taken from a French verb that means "to touch lightly"?but the technique simultaneously soothes the nerves, boosts circulation, and allows the massage therapist to identify problem zones that need extra attention. Because effleurage doubles as an assessment tool, many therapists begin each massage with it, usually by gliding their open palms lightly across the body to feel for tense spots and potholes while acclimating the client to their touch. This form of effleurage is known as "superficial," and it serves a soothing prelude, epilogue, and transitional movement between deeper, more focused kneading.
A slightly more forceful style of effleurage is known as "deep effleurage." This form still uses gliding strokes, only with more pressure, as the therapist aims to stretch out the muscle tissue and the web of connective tissue that covers it. Therapists will generally direct the first part of their deep-effleurage stroke towards the heart, finishing with a lighter return stroke away from it. Not only does this warm up tissues for deeper muscle work, but it can also speed up the movement of blood and lymph fluid. This boost in circulation can help drain fluid from injured areas, reducing painful pressure while also releasing endorphins that further relax the entire body.
Kalologie 360 Spa's expert beauty gurus offer a first-class selection of pampering services, earning the franchise a spot on Elle magazine's 2008 list of Top 10 Beauty Boutiques. The staff exfoliates faces with more than 10 varieties of facials and peels, using the boutique's own line of products custom formulated from medical-grade ingredients free of parabens and sulfates. Therapists also treat clients with massage modalities such as Swedish, shiatsu, and deep-tissue, as well as waxing treatments that use specially formulated hard and soft wax for all areas of the body.
As its name implies, Kalologie Spa 360 takes a full-circle approach to aesthetics, offering massages as well as body-care and skincare services. The spa's massage therapists use half a dozen massage modalities to soothe sore muscles. Airbrush spray tans and waxes, which use specially formulated hard or soft wax, leave physiques smooth and golden. In addition, the spa's aestheticians use the Kalologie line of skincare products to administer a host of facials and peels, which clear skin of dirt, bacteria, and glitter left over from your last middle-school dance.
A passion and appreciation for wellness is the foundation of AcuSpa Wellness Center & Spa. The staff seeks to nurture, restore, and beautify their clients through acupuncture, massage therapy, and spa treatments. During acupuncture, they insert fine needles into the body to restore balance and help the recipients heal from such ailments as depression, hypertension, allergies, and migraines. Along with acupuncture, the state-licensed practitioners use an array of Chinese medical treatments including acussage: a combination of acupuncture and massage. They also preform a cosmetic Chinese facial to promote circulation and reduce puffiness, fine lines, and the likelihood of sour-beer face.
Yuko T. Koach has three Emmy nominations under her belt for her work as a hairstylist and has worked for feature films and TV shows in Japan and the United States. In that time, she has opened three salons and KC Salon, where she shares her extensive knowledge. At Koach's trio of salons, experienced stylists tend to clients' tresses, cutting, straightening, braiding, and curling hair into new dos. They also lengthen hair with extensions and offer makeup applications for weddings and other special occasions.