Date nights or daytime getaways become all the more memorable when couples head to HandsonSpa. Here, licensed aestheticians and therapists treat pairs to chilled flutes of champagne and chocolate truffles before they undergo side-by-side massages and facials. The rest of their services—including manicures and pedicures—are just as relaxing and can be paired with a light lunch for a complete spa day, fulfilling the staff's mission to make their clients' lives more peaceful.
The team at Advanced Skin Care & More soothes body and mind with a synergy of ancient techniques and modern technology. Aestheticians with medical or paramedical training precede every facial with a skin analysis and black-light screening, which can detect skin conditions or milk mustaches. After determining the client's unique skincare needs, an aesthetician cleanses and exfoliates with natural and organic products. Some treatments combat signs of aging with infrared or intense pulsed light, microcurrents, and ultrasound. Aside from facials, the day spa offers massage modalities that range from deep tissue to champissage, an Ayurvedic form of head massage that stimulates the scalp and upper body to increase circulation and the ability to wiggle each ear independently.
Point Pleasant Wellness Spa's highly trained staff, including two practitioners knighted as certified master pedicurists by the International Pedicure Association, performs medical-level treatments to cleanse and care for human hooves. Powered by thousands of atom-size socks and carpets, an electromagnetic device imbues the saline water of the aqua detox footbath with positive and negative charges. The treatment runs anywhere from 25–50 minutes, affording ample time for the body to oust toxins through the pores and into the surrounding H2O.
Chi Spa’s more than 20 licensed massage therapists are experts in their craft and can easily pull massage techniques from Western and Eastern modalities and seamlessly integrate them into a single session designed to address their clients' problem areas. The therapists owe their versatility to their training in thai massage at the Wat Po Buddhist Temple in Bangkok, Thailand. The look and feel of the distinctive thai relaxation retreats followed them back to Chi Spa, which is decorated with elaborate woodcuts and statues imported from Thailand. The treatment rooms preserve a modern feel; some even have private showers in which guests can rinse off before or after their treatments. In addition to familiar modalities such as Swedish and hot stone, therapists can knead muscles with barefoot ashiatsu massage or the 200-year-old Thai Ceremony massage, originally intended to relax returning warriors who’d carried their horses home.
As a former fashion designer and art director, Amy Grossman knows the power of image. But as someone who has battled cystic acne for most of her life, she also understands the struggle to obtain clear, healthy skin. That's why she takes a physician-like approach to treating her clients, interviewing them about their personal history and lifestyle before using paraben-free product lines such as Savan Brand wax and Hylunia to create her acne-busting skincare treatments. She can then lead clients to a brow and eyelash bar, where she and her team design and maintain arches and individually apply popular NovaLash extensions. Grossman runs an online booking portal so her clients don’t have to pick up one of today's 45-pound smartphones to schedule an appointment, and she and her team are proud participants in the American Cancer Society's Look Good Feel Better program.
The massage therapists at Harmony Bodyworks, Inc. realize that muscles aren’t flat. The pain that occurs from poor posture or rigorous exercise can flare up both on the surface level and deeper within the tissue. With this 3D map in mind, the therapists untangle knotted muscles with two types of massage. Restful Swedish strokes attend to tightness associated with stress, and deep-tissue bodywork delivers firm, cross-grain strokes that knead out embedded tension and Legos. No matter which style they need, clients can also augment their session with oil or lotion or enjoy a soft-touch massage that uses neither.
Lifestream Wellness Spa's certified staff compose beauty-bolstering numbers designed to restore weatherworn bodies to harmony, performing within a modern abode that paints a soundscape of new age and soft jazz music. Lure out tension and toxins from the muscles without mastering stress-knot mating calls during a 35-minute neck and back massage ($50), or pamper human paws with the 15-minute treat-the-feet package ($50), a sole-soothing rubdown that also includes an organic leg and foot scrub, hot towels, paraffin wax, and warm booties. Waxing services remove undesired follicular forests from protoplasmic acres, including the lip ($10), underarms ($25), and bikini area ($25). Lifestream also has a number of skin-sprucing body treatments and facials available for guest perusal.