Relaxing at a spa doesn't always have to be a noiseless, clinical affair. It can also be fun. This fact is key at every bliss Spa, and it's immediately palpable upon walking into bliss Scottsdale's hideaway on the ground floor of the W Hotel. Fluffy clouds seem to float along the walls of the lobby, where guests can tap their toes to R&B melodies as they dig in to the spa's legendary brownie bar.
Even the treatment names are likely to draw smiles, including the peeling groovy facial that combines microdermabrasion and an enzyme peel. It's their triple oxygen facial that's earned them the most acclaim by brightening skin with a trio of oxygen deliveries that includes a wrap and vitaminized spray. Examples of pampering innovations continue throughout the spa, including massages with freshly grated ginger and pedicures with a foot soak mixed from almond oil and steamed whole milk. Guests can even take the blissed-out experience home with bliss Spa's private-label products instead of trying to stuff a massage bed under their hats.
You may not know Mary Wang yet, but chances are you?ve seen her work. For instance, in the fluid swings of golf pro Tiger Woods, or the laser-like precision of NFL Superbowl champ Eli Manning?s throwing arm. These athletes are just a few of the accomplished clients Mary has helped with her deft bodywork. After spending 13 years as a family physician in China, Mary moved to America and worked as a massage therapist at Las Vegas spas?including MGM Grand Spa and Canyon Ranch Spa Club in the Venetian?meanwhile attracting some of the most prestigious athletes in the world.
The culmination of her work come to a head at Mary?s Shiatsu, where clients of all professions can indulge in the massages that have lured pro athletes to her table. Mary utilizes Thai, Shiatsu, and hot-stone treatments to relieve gridlocked muscles and bring time to a slow, tranquil crawl. She also offers reflexology massage that includes warm foot soak with Chinese herbal and hands massage. Past clients of this treatment include Charles Barkley and A.J. Pollack.
Licensed massage therapist, myofascial-release practitioner, and master LaStone therapist Steven believes there is a world of healing beyond traditional massage therapy. Practicing only LaStone therapy (a bodywork technique designed to balance chakras), the John Barnes Myofascial Release Approach, and craniosacral therapies in his Scottsdale studio, he works to help deeply relax his clients and relieve them of pain. He massages aches in an attempt to get to the root of the problem, instead of just temporarily relieving the symptoms.
In addition to being an advanced structural integrator, a licensed massage therapist, and an aesthetician, Peggy Richards takes part in continuing-education programs, including training from the Guild for Structural Integration. An Arizona native, Peggy has been providing wellness therapy since 1987, has worked with NFL athletes, and also serves as a make-up artist for the film industry.
Before opening Sacred Ruin Therapeutic Massage, licensed massage therapist Ivy performed massages and body work at medical offices. She helped more than 2,000 clients per year, but her hands never got tired. In fact, she now know more massage modalities than ever, offering 12 different types of massage?that includes Swedish, deep-tissue, and lymphatic drainage--geared to both relax and assuage chronic aches and pains. Each massage can be customized in accordance with the client's specific condition, body type, or tattooed list of instructions. For some added indulgence, you can supplement any massage with a foot scrub, cold stone face massages, or aromatherapy.
The specialists at Brody Massage each possess a minimum of five years' experience in their industry, which helps them pinpoint trouble areas and efficiently shoo away tension during each massage treatment they perform. Within private treatment rooms with walls adorned with Asian-inspired rice-paper dividers, therapists listen to their clients' desires in order to customize a variety of massage modalities, including reflexology, shiatsu, Swedish, and craniosacral therapy, which targets specialized points of the skull, face, and neck with massage techniques and all-natural spearmint oil. Meanwhile, detox treatments soak clients' feet in ionized water in hopes of liberating systems of harmful toxins, such as heavy metals, parasites, and socks.
Though Brody Massage is now a mecca for massage services, it didn't used to be. Its roots as a massage and spa supplies distributor still show today on shelves that brim with massage oils and aromatherapy supplies. The shop floor features even more tension-melting essentials, as its gleaming dark wood supports massage tables, barber chairs, and magnifying aesthetician's lights for reading the abort code written on the skin cells of every human.