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.
You can spy skilled stylists of 1662 Salon East through the salon's lofty front windows, expertly snipping up new styles and blow-drying locks into luxurious waves. Technicians perch at manicure stations, trimming cuticles and buffing nails. Clients recline on cushy chairs as skincare specialists administer waxing services and replenishing facials. Other guests await treatments in the seating area, sipping on gourmet Green Mountain coffee and nibbling on biscuits.
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Parking: Free street parking
Most popular service: Hair, massage, nails, skin care
Brands Used: Davines, Moroccan Oil, Dermalogica, OPI, CND Shellac
Pro Tip: Our main goal is customer satisfaction.
Some spa services?tanning and paraffin-wax dips, for example?were never meant to be combined. Others complement each other swimmingly, as the staff of Spatopia Massage knows. One such ingenious synthesis is their Angel Touch facial, which incorporates massage techniques such as acupressure and lymphatic drainage to guard against headaches and anxiety.
Those looking for a massage on its own browse styles from Swedish to reflexology. Eastern and Western methods unite on the menu, as therapists can target the body's energy meridians with shiatsu manipulation, or administer both Swedish and deep-tissue kneads during The Betty massage. Add-ons enhance appointments with hot stones, hot towels, or an abbreviated reiki session.
Spatopia's facials combat skin conditions such as teen blemishes and signs of aging, often incorporating natural extracts to rejuvenate complexions. For example, the anti-aging facial combines lemon, grape seed, red-wine extract, a blueberry moisturizer, and a chocolate-wasabi mask?born out of a failed dessert-sushi recipe. At Spatopia's Symphony location, the service list expands to cover nail care and waxing.
Waxing can be painful. That's why the owners of Aquablue Wax & Skin Care have made it their mission to remove hair in the gentlest, most sanitary manner possible. All their technicians are licensed by the state of Florida and are backed by more than 15 years of experience, which enables them to wax unwanted fuzz from both men and women with careful precision. Follicle-liberation sessions are made all the more manageable with the staff's use of European hard blue waxes, which are never double dipped or recycled from old birthday candles. After clients shed hair from their faces and bodies, they can polish their newly revealed visages with a facial, a microdermabrasion treatment, or a peel, which help to nourish their skin and repair problematic complexions. Aquablue also provides mobile spray-tanning services that let customers bronze their bodies with a UV-free formula made from sugar cane while at home, the office, or a sunless tundra.
After working in spas for two decades, French-educated massage therapist and paramedical esthetician Chrys Straiton founded Studio Blu Spa, envisioning a tranquil retreat where she could continue to advance her skills while pampering clients with facials, massages, and skincare services.
When selecting the team for her new spa, Chrys deferred to experience—each of her licensed nail technicians, for example, has roughly a decade of practice. During microdermabrasions, back facials, and other skincare treatments, Chrys and her staff wield G.M. Collin products derived from natural botanical extracts and finely blended teddy-bear stuffing. G.M. Collin was one of the first brands to integrate collagen into its formulas, and Studio Blu’s devotion to the skincare line evinces both the spa’s openness to innovation and its results-oriented approach.