When Erica Suppa opened Fresh Faced Skin Care, she knew she didn’t want facials and proper skincare regimes to fall second to typical spa hokum. So, the licensed skin specialist traded in terry-cloth robes and champagne sipped from fuzzy slippers for clinical treatments that target skin on a cellular level.
Erica’s clients can sink into a comfortable chair and reap the benefits of an array of services, including deep-pore treatments, PCA peels, and LED facials, which battle everything from acne and hyperpigmentation to wrinkles and sun damage. A shelf full of PCA and Skin Script professional products rests an arm’s length away from Erica, allowing her to use them during facials or recommend them for a client’s at-home regimen.
OhLaLa Massage owner Said Ait Alla, who has practiced massage therapy in several countries, leads his team of co-ed practitioners in the relaxing art of bodywork. Inside private treatment rooms with Moroccan-themed decor, his therapists employ the smooth, flowing strokes of Swedish massage, the more intense kneading of deep-tissue massage, or the healing techniques of shiatsu and myofascial release. They also administer body scrubs that exfoliate and cleanse skin, boosting circulation more quickly and safely than strapping a jet engine to a Ferris wheel.
New Health Centers consists of more than 300 health-care practitioners across the country, each working to alleviate corporeal discomfort with natural techniques. Doctors work in conjunction with experienced practitioners to soothe aches, pains, and lawn-gnome infestations.
With more than 100 years of combined experience, The Massage Center's licensed therapists have all the necessary know-how to trounce tension. Choose from 25 traditional and modern massages, including specialties such as Ashiatsu Oriental Bar Therapy. During a Bamboo Fusion session ($70), tendon tuners roll smooth, heated bamboo over bodies in steady strokes. Alternatively, the hot stone massage ($110) employs warmed river-skippers that float across the surface of muscles to thaw out knots and aches while soothing body and spirit. Tropical murals and autumnal vistas fill the walls of The Massage Center's 10 serene rooms to ensure massagees leave in a newfound state of relaxed joyousness unlike any since they got their braces removed.
By transforming homes into relaxing retreats, The Pamper Perfect Mobile Spa adds even more comfort to familiarity. Their staff of certified technicians travels to clients with all of the fixings of a luxury day spa in tow, including massage tables, manicure stations, and products made from fresh botanicals. They also bring the ambiance—soft music and aromatherapy set a calming mood as candles cast flickering shadows, and custom product blends release enticing scents such as chocolate or spiced apples. For certain packages, employees even provide plush robes and a complimentary bottle of wine.
Once they've converted the room into a soothing sanctuary, they treat groups to a variety of packaged services. The Pamper Perfect Mani & Pedi Package covers a signature mani-pedi as well as a hand and foot massage for each guest. Alternatively, the Pamper Perfect Princess Package gears the experience toward a younger crowd—6- to 12-year-olds—with mini mani-pedis and pizza, rather than a massage that therapists administer around backpacks. The mobile spa scales its services so that patrons can plan most any event, from large-scale parties to romantic dates.
Ensconced in a private room, a woman takes a deep breath and slowly exhales as warm bamboo transmit heat to her muscles, melting away the tension built up between her shoulders. As she slips into a state of profound relaxation, a trained therapist blends Swedish, deep-tissue, and myofascial-release techniques to untangle her most tightly wound knots. They also offer Mu-Xing bamboo therapy, which allows therapists to use warm bamboo and rosewood tools to work deeper and deliver a full body deep tissue massage.
Such a scene is a daily reality at A Balanced Life Massage, where 18 massage therapists team up to alleviate muscles sore from the workday rigors of sitting in office chairs or riding the break room’s mechanical bull. Their massage center is built on the basis of professional massage services without the fancy robes, manicures, and expensive notions of some day spas. Simply tell your therapist what ails you during a 15-minute presession consultation; together, you can craft a custom massage that pays specific attention to your treatment goals and problem areas.