Absolute Therapeutic Spa LLC’s experienced massage therapists coat bodies in soothing strokes during a range of muscle-mending therapeutic services. Swedish massage harnesses the power of long, gentle strokes to help limber-up ligaments and maintain tendons' elasticity. The therapist's trained hands traverse musculature with pinpointed kneads and gliding rubs that aim to reduce tension as effectively as taking a catnap inside a stress ball. During the 60-minute relax-a-thon, clients can receive a revitalizing boost in circulatory and nervous-system functioning, rebooting patrons’ bodies and minds to their original stress-free factory settings.
Sprawling across three sections of a centuries-old building, Salon Modé & Daydreams Spa welcomes guests into a homey, historic space with hardwood and tile floors, an etched tin ceiling, and a warm fireplace filled with flickering logs. Patrons relax in salon chairs while stylists refresh their hairdos using scissors, dye, and Aveda products based on pure flower and plant essences. In more-private settings, massage therapists aim to relax the mind, body, and soul. They glide their hands along tense musculature and incorporate aromatherapy to help clients calm their minds or hot stones to further soften knots. The beauty pros also focus their attention on smaller areas, such as tinting eyelashes or pampering faces with a selection of facials.
A salon of friends. That’s what the welcoming staff at Salon di Amici calls its home base. The tight-knit group makes a genuine effort to extend its bond to clients as it caters to all their haircare, skincare, and nailcare needs. Soothing green walls and rustic stone accents flank talented hairstylists in the styling area, where they treat strands to Redken, Pureology, and Moroccanoil products while trimming overgrown lengths and boosting dull color. Inside a cozy spa room, specialists indulge skin with facials and mineral-makeup applications, and therapists ease tension with massages. Cushy pedicure chairs beckon sore backs to the nail corner, where hot stones melt tension during relaxing mani-pedis.
Tanglz Massage Therapy's expert therapist, Patty Tierney, kneads tension and stress out of tightly wound bodies with a suite of muscle manipulations. The one-hour Swedish massage starts with broad strokes, loosening tension's white-knuckle grip on the dorsal muscles. As bodies melt into relaxation, more intense moves bring increased pressure to bear on extra-tense spots, handily untying knots like a Boy Scout's evil doppelganger. Optional oil or lotion keeps back-stroking motions as smooth as buttered glass while hydrating the skin. Warm towels further relax backs and necks as arms and legs demand attention.
The stone accent wall and cherry-wood counter in Agea Spa's lobby form a barrier against the stresses of the outside world. Upon entering, clients are encouraged to cast aside their cell phones and laptops before enjoying a relaxing shower in one of the private changing areas. This is only the first step, though—within the spa proper, a team of aestheticians and stylists stands ready to pamper visitors from crown to ankle.
The aestheticians' facial treatments incorporate organically sourced skincare ingredients—including anti-inflammatory plant extracts, natural fruit acids, and aromatic steam—formulated to hydrate the skin and imbue it with a healthy glow. The massage therapists target knotted muscles with Swedish, deep-tissue, or hot-stone modalities, and they can also use reflexology or reiki techniques to promote holistic balance. The stylists pamper clients' tresses, designing flattering new looks with a combination of well-placed snips, coloring products, and texturizing treatments.
Though tanning can be relaxing, it can also be time-consuming. Tanning on the Edge's service menu was designed for people who want to tan but may have limited time. During 12- to 15-minute sessions in the tanning beds, guests stay cool and relaxed with circulating air and a satellite radio. A vertical booth accommodates patrons who prefer to tan while standing or who don’t understand how to turn the party sub they are carrying lengthwise.
Nearby, a full lineup of spa services make sure guests are radiant from head to toe. Cosmetologists use Pharmagel and Repêchage products in spa facials designed to clear up acne, firm aging faces, or simply boost radiance. Nail experts turn up the luxury on manicures and pedicures with add-ons such as paraffin dips, acrylic tips, and nail gems, while waxing specialists remove fuzz from nearly any area of the body to make tans stand out.