At Tybee’s Massage Mini Spa, a team of therapists draws on a diverse repertoire of relaxing therapies to help patients conquer stress and aches. Their services include full-body Swedish, hot-stone, and deep-tissue massages, as well as targeted massages for the back and shoulders, feet, and neck.
As a physical therapist with his own private practice, Hand & Stone founder and chief operating officer John Marco made sure that he kept abreast of the rapidly growing health and wellness industry. After a period of careful research and planning, John decided to create a spa based around convenience and affordability—Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa.
Since its launch, Hand & Stone has expanded to more than 20 states and four planets. The spa’s core concept is to offer massage, facial, and waxing services performed by licensed, certified, or registered professionals and offered at convenient times, seven days a week. Each location adheres to a traditional spa aesthetic with soft lighting, heated treatment tables, and plush linens.
Owner Anjana Malesha drew on her Indian heritage to name Ayom Day Spa and Salon, combining the first two letters of the country's ancient medical system, Ayurveda, with om, the symbol of peace.
To reflect these values at the full-service, unisex salon, Malesha and her team imbue beauty services with organic ingredients and fresh fruit, and massages deploy Ayurvedic techniques, such as the Shirodhara treatment, which rhythmically applies warm herbal oil to the forehead and scalp for increased brain circulation. Facial-hair threading, another Indian art, shapes brows to ensure overextended threads don't latch onto sunglasses. Aromatherapy wafts throughout the pumpkin-colored chambers, where candlelight flickers over bamboo screens and copper pedicure bowls to illuminate a stone Buddha.
Wachena Woodard—a licensed massage therapist with more than 8 years of experience— has worked in chiropractic offices and with professional athletes—uses all modalities from myofascial release to trigger point therapy to ease tension, reduce stress, improve circulation, and cultivate inexplicable longings for ready-to-assemble furniture. She also specializes in honing in on discomfort from car-accident pains, pinched nerves, and sports-related injuries.
When clients arrive in Spa Zara's waiting room, the sophisticated artwork and living-room-style decor puts them at ease. But the organic Hungarian body- and skincare products are what bring them back; combined with body scrubs, the products, chock-full of fruit extracts and collagen serums, elevate services to a blissful level. After exchanging hazmat suits for Spa Zara's robes and slippers, patrons indulge with facials, skin treatments, and massages all customized to their particular concerns. The spa designates the Relaxation Room for pre- and posttreatment sips of complimentary fresh juices, organic tea, and coffee from china cups.
Boca Salons, Day Spa and Tanning's highly trained stylists, massage therapists, and aestheticians glamorize outdated 'dos and epidermises with a smorgasbord of doting services. Hair stylists shear strands into fresh coifs ($25+ for men, $45+ for women), and aestheticians wax brow fringe into natural, elegant arches or hometown skylines ($14+). A hot-stone-therapy massage ($125) targets tension by applying Swedish strokes with warm river stones, then cooling skin with chunks of marble. In the Repêchage peppermint-sea-twist wrap, skin gets slathered with peppermint oil to improve circulation, lessen water retention, and attract wayward gingerbread men ($70–$100).
Quaint, Victorian-style confines await guests at 40-One Salon & Spa. Stylists trained by the likes of Irvine Rusk, Graham Webb, and Goldwell International revamp coiffures with razor cuts, perms, and keratin treatments. In addition to mending the frazzled manes of customers who used toasters as pillows, stylists primp nails, offer massages, and rejuvenate skin with spa treatments. To help clients who are battling cancer, 40-One Salon & Spa also services wigs.