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.
Inside the barbershop-style men's salon, clients sit back in sleek, contemporary barber chairs while stylists cut off split ends and style hair. For every hair treatment, they use products from American Crew or Redken for Men. The stylists also trim beards and groom fingers and toes with mani-pedis.
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.
Dan and Linda Rowlands of the Center For Optimal Health prove the power of natural healing every day. Instead of medication or other Western treatments, they opt for acupuncture, reiki, massage, aromatherapy, and other drug-free techniques to manage stress and pain. Brainwave Optimization, for example, enlists nothing more than relaxation and self-regulation to fight anxiety, addiction, and other issues.
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.
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