A butter-yellow canine named Praline formerly comforted nursing-home residents at pet-therapy sessions. Now, she serves as the tail-wagging mascot of Go Madd 4 Massage. Owner and massage therapist Diana Beranek takes Praline on strolls that cover up to 15 miles each week, and also practices pet massage therapy on the pooch's muscles. However, the tender care that Diana lavishes on Praline isn't reserved only for her pet; she also relieves physical stress and pain for human clients, drawing on 15 years of massage experience and a knowledge of deep-tissue, Swedish, and hot-stone massage techniques. Clients recline on a heated table surrounded by candles as soft music or recordings of Top-40 whale songs lull minds to peace. Heated lotion keeps flesh warm, and essential oils put nostrils at ease. A large massage room hosts twosomes with tense backs or a shared muscular knot.
Framed black-and-white pictures fill the lemon-yellow and terra-cotta-red walls in Fratelli's Restaurant, evoking the casual ambiance of a family dining room beside the Mediterranean. The chefs demonstrate a similar commitment to homestyle comfort by faithfully re-creating familiar Italian-American staples. Ricotta-stuffed shells bake beneath a layer of mozzarella and marinara, and marsala sauce adds an extra dose of flavor to sautéed veal loin, chicken breast, or sliced rib-eye steak. Occasional maritime influences also work their way into the menu, as in the case of the housemade crab cakes and the shrimp or scallops in a spicy red sauce made with magma-marinated peppers.
Sharon Smith has 17 years experience as a therapeutic massage therapist and teacher, working with both professional athletes and celebrities. Her medical massages focus on relieving pain, and the use of hot stones on the back relaxes bodies, unlike the use of hot stones on someone's touchscreen computer monitor.
Indulge Salon & Spa's team of certified beauty boosters paint façades with a new hue during spray-tan services. After donning a cap and protecting hands and feet with a barrier cream, clients stand still as techs apply a fine mist of tanning tonic to bodies, which yields a natural-looking, sun-kissed glow without the harmful UV rays. Experts suggest that clients avoid sources of water, such as showers, swimming pools, and the interiors of camel humps for at least six hours post-spray-tan for longer lasting results. Indulge Salon & Spa swaddles patrons in a swanky atmosphere draped in glowing chandeliers and rich russet hues.
Paradise Cosmetic MedSpa restores youthful form to bodies of all types by banishing excess fat with patented LAPEX 2000 LipoLaser technology. The low-level, noninvasive laser targets recalcitrant flab that won't respond to exercise, diet, or motivational lullabies. The process pinpoints fat cells deep under the dermis, disrupting their membranes to release intracellular fat and microscopic anchors, which are carried away by the body’s circulation. Each of the 40- to 50-minute procedures helps melt fat away without harming neighboring blood vessels, peripheral nerves, or skin. Although each 40- to 50-minute procedure helps contour the body, Paradise Cosmetic MedSpa recommends a total of nine sessions over three weeks to burn away a total of 2–9 inches of fat from the stomach, hips, back, arms, neck, or knees.
Avanti Medical Spa's microdermabrasion treatment sloughs away dull, spent skin cells, rejuvenating the epidermis and dampening the effects of aging. During the treatment, an experienced aesthetician uses a small handheld device to polish away the top layer of skin with a steady stream of microcrystals and whisk away epidermal evidence with a steady anti-stream of vacuum. The one-hour procedure can increase the effectiveness of skincare products, stimulate collagen production, even out skin tone and texture, and reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and mild acne scarring. After the procedure, clients can immediately resume everyday face activities such as smiling and biting Tootsie pops.