Aesthetician and owner Elena uses her skills from training in Romania and more than 30 years working in Manhattan to help beautify clients’ skin at her elegant, European-styled spa. Marble-clad walls and chateau-evoking sconces set the stage for seaweed wraps and sea-salt scrubs that help tighten and invigorate skin, along with glycolic-acid treatments and facials. Her european facial does not involve tattoos of random French, German, and Spanish words; rather, it includes a steaming with chamomile herbs and a natural vegetable-peel exfoliant to leave skin glowing and more youthful.
The Healing Body Center focuses on rejuvenating minds and bodies with slimming, anti-aging, and therapeutic massages. Therapists customize massages by drawing on a range of healing modalities including deep tissue, sport, senior, and oriental—a blend of Thai, Yumeiho, and Shiatsu techniques. In the studio’s treatment rooms, radio-frequency machines and glycolic acid wait to reduce fine lines and soften the skin texture of faces that have been pressed gleefully against the window of a sandpaper store. LipoSlim devices purr in other areas of the salon, beaming painless lasers at unwanted fat cells.
Amid soft purple walls and flickering candles, the staff at Jakari Beach Spa performs an array of rejuvenating spa services. Certified therapists soothe backs, necks, and scalps with a wide range of massages—from Swedish to shiatsu. Skincare specialists replenish and protect skin with glycolic facial peels, tailoring treatments to accommodate each client's unique skin condition and needs. Meanwhile, nail technicians pamper feet with luxurious pedicures, complete with lavender sea-salt scrubs, mineral clay cooling masks, and massages.
Center for Wellness mixes chiropractic strategies with massage therapy and cold-laser therapy to create a holistic approach to treating back and body pain. Beams of low-intensity laser light help accelerate the healing of damaged tissue, and massage therapists rehabilitate ragged muscles with five different massage styles. Chiropractors offer drop-table and Thompson techniques for solving subluxations, and they can augment their treatments with detailed nutrition advice.
Luis Castillo sends calming ripples across achy muscles with a variety of soothing bodywork modalities. The native Guatemalan graduated from Florida College of Natural Health in 2012, and is trained in techniques ranging from Swedish strokes to firmer deep-tissue pressure. He can also perform a hot stone massage or myofascial release bodywork to sideline lower-layer aches.
Chi Spa’s more than 20 licensed massage therapists are experts in their craft and can easily pull massage techniques from Western and Eastern modalities and seamlessly integrate them into a single session designed to address their clients' problem areas. The therapists owe their versatility to their training in Thai massage at the Wat Po Buddhist Temple in Bangkok, Thailand. The look and feel of the distinctive Thai relaxation retreats followed them back to Chi Spa, which is decorated with elaborate woodcuts and statues imported from Thailand. The treatment rooms preserve a modern feel; some even have private showers in which guests can rinse off before or after their treatments. In addition to familiar modalities such as Swedish and hot stone, therapists can knead muscles with barefoot ashiatsu massage or the 200-year-old Thai Ceremony massage, originally intended to relax returning warriors who’d carried their horses home.
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