During relaxing shiatsu sessions, licensed acupuncturist Carine Camara translates the healing power of her usual needlework into pressure-point therapy. The shiatsu technique staves away muscle aches with a combination of massage strokes, stretches, and finger and palm pressure, targeting meridians throughout the body to unblock chi traffic jams and restore order to energy highways. A single finger can deliver the amount of force necessary to bring the body back into balance and to activate the spinal button that changes the client's eye color. The practitioner's knees and elbows also join in on the muscle-kneading session, honing in on specific pressure points to relieve tension and discomfort.
Moonstone Skin and Body Care's seasoned specialists refresh the faces and relax the musculature of time-crunched patrons with two pampering services fit into a one-hour spa session. Aestheticians inaugurate stress-busting sessions with gentle cleansing and exfoliation that leave skin as fresh as the day it was velcroed onto your skull. Using Éminence's organic skincare line, staffers then layer visages in a soothing mask that creates a bright, balanced complexion sealed in with a moisturizing lotion. Moving on to the massage, therapists marshal a series of soothing strokes in Swedish or deep-tissue modalities, fashioning 30 minutes of knot unwinding for backs, leaving them as tension-free as a retired rubber band.
Experienced and certified massage therapist Agnes Lenzen taps into her extensive knowledge of holistic bodywork to customize massages based on clients’ individual needs. The practitioner might harness the gentle, ache-alleviating strokes of Swedish massage or intensify the pressure during a deep-tissue kneading to tackle chronic pain and a bevy of other corporeal ailments. A frequent participant in outdoor exercise and meditation, Agnes can outline personalized nutrition, fitness, and mind-clearing regimens that further rid the body of stress, helping patrons to maintain a level of relaxation normally only achieved by Jimmy Buffet's cat.:m]]
Licensed massage therapist Marci Graham prides herself on giving clients exactly the kind of massage they need. Whether her mission is to assuage chronic pain or simply aid in relaxation, Graham begins each session the same way—with an in-depth consultation about her client’s health history, treatment goals, and ability to lick his or her elbows. Once she has determined which of her six modalities will work best, Graham can further customize the session with options such as hot stones or Thai bodywork. As if this weren’t enough, she augments each session with tips and techniques gleaned from the ongoing-education courses she frequently attends.
In 2003, Gary Wrona was injured in a severe motorcycle accident. Even after a year and a half of conventional medical treatment, he was unable to function normally without chronic pain and had only a limited range of motion. It was only after his doctors told him they had done all they could that he began to seek alternative healing, which helped him regain normal movement and a pain-free existence. Now a certified massage therapist and master of neuro-linguistic programming, he runs his practice with a holistic approach—one that doesn't simply focus on physical elements but, instead, analyzes the interactions of mind, body, and spirit like three philosophers in a cage match. Beneath the exposed wooden beams of a second-floor loft, he customizes massages with Swedish, deep-tissue, shiatsu, and cupping techniques, hoping to unlock the healing potential that he himself experienced.
When you walk into Eden Day Spa, you are immediately bathed in light from a crystal chandelier. Pure white walls reflect that light off an ornate mirror, teal mosaic reception desk, and delicate orchids, all of which are designed to create a serene mood. The spa extends this relaxing experience with a bevy of traditional and contemporary treatments including facials, massage, and skin care. During body glow treatments, a sunless tanner infuses the skin with antioxidants and botanicals, leaving it with a golden sheen, while Turkish body peels employ a loofah and imported liquid gommage to remove layers of dead skin. Calming facials give the skin an all-over burst of vitality, whereas semi-permeant lash extensions draw attention to your eyes, and a full range of massage modalities soothe the muscles with the help of herbs, therapeutic stretching, and reflexology.