When Alexandria "Lexy" Hernandez isn?t healing minds and bodies with massage and meditation techniques, she's working on human canvases?dusting on eye art, etching out defining features with makeup, and summoning radiance from skin with scrubs and body wraps. Her range of services is wide: she and her staff can twist hair into elegant updos or prepare brides and attendants for memorable wedding days with formal hair and makeup packages. In addition to traditional and airbrush-makeup applications, she offers paramedical cosmetic sessions, which aim to conceal skin imperfections, the aftereffects of plastic surgery, or tattoos proclaiming the love of your ex-favorite mom. She also specializes in deep-tissue massage, which she calibrates to not only relax clients but also to encourage healing.
The therapists at Massage Clinic target tight muscles, energy blockages, and run-of-the-mill aches with a wide range of bodywork modalities and a healthy dose of compassion. They are trained in methods such as classic Swedish and deep-tissue massage, along with reflexology, myofascial release, and craniosacral therapy. The goal of each bodywork session here is not only to ease the ailments of the musculoskeletal systems, but take a load of frazzled minds.
Fresh off the heels of its one year anniversary, Water Lounge Spa pampers and soothes customers with massages, facials, and skincare services administered by a staff of certified massage therapists and aestheticians. Aches and pains recede as experienced hands administer neuromuscular therapy or massages accented with hot stones, focused on deep-seated knots, or tailored especially for expectant mothers. Relaxation deepens as clients soak in one of six private hot tub rooms with steam, which soothes skin and lungs while fogging up overworked eyeballs to give them a break. Aestheticians also tend to hair during waxing, tweezing, threading, and tinting appointments.
Paule-Dominique Anneheim, a certified massage therapist and owner of Voil? La Familia, eases muscle pain with techniques customized to the needs of men, women, and infants. Since she was 17 years old and living in Marseille, Paule-Dominique has been working with both healthy and disabled youngsters. She went on to become a children?s massage instructor and expert on wooden-block ergonomics before moving to Tahiti to help open a clinic. The experienced massage therapist now brings gentle kneads and Swedish massage techniques to bear against tension and pain in private rooms speckled with colorful orchids. Oil infused with vitamin E steeps skin in moisture and prevents stretch marks, and the therapist's expertise in pediatric, prenatal, and postpartum massage allows her to soothe mothers stressed by pregnancy and little ones stressed by investigations into what the cow says.
At Zazen, students relax their bodies and focus their minds during sessions of Zen Buddhist seated meditation, the soothing practice for which the center is named. But both Zazen locations work to cultivate calm with other services as well. Sensory-deprivation tanks block out distracting external stimuli as guests float in 10 inches of warm saltwater, a practice many say helps them grow their awareness of the present moment. Massage sessions focus on freeing the body from tension, so it can be experienced as spaciousness rather than constraint. Yoga classes also help guests become mindful, filling hearts and limbs with enough calm energy to quiet a bawling infant with a single, whispered "shhh."
Cocoon Urban Day Spa?s beauty technicians understand that a good waxing treatment has two things going for it: precision and speed. That?s why their Brazilian waxes typically take only 15 minutes while only leaving behind custom shapes and designs. When they aren?t sculpting fuzz into triangles or iconic skylines, the team airbrushes skin with natural tanning solutions that result in an even glow. Led by founder Sarah Redmond, the team performs their personalized treatments in an their spa designed to make any urban chaos feel far away.