It can be argued that American glamour hit a peak in the 1920s. Built in 1922, The Providence Biltmore melds the unabashed elegance of that bygone era with a modern standard of service and commitment to the global community. The landmark hotel's spa deploys Amala products to cleanse skin with ingredients sourced exclusively from global fair-trade farmers, and Pure Fiji elixirs nourish and moisturize epidermal surfaces and smartphone screens with pure coconut oil and flower extracts. Spa director Deb Garman told American Spa magazine, "My staff is so excited about the products we carry that advising clients how to take home the spa experience is simple."
Retreat to Spadyssey's beautiful, relaxing sanctuary and feel the pressures of the outside world dissolve off your soon-to-be tension-free shoulders. The Swedish massage (an $85 value) remains a classic stress slayer, alleviating long-standing musculo-political tensions through five flowing pressure techniques. Bodies blighted by cavernous deposits of sepulchral trauma can have them swiftly exhumed via the deep-tissue massage (a $95 value), which targets problem areas and shoos out their bothersome spirits using slow strokes and deep pressure. The healing scented oils of the aromatherapy massage (a $95 value) will make you forget the smell of your own burning hair, as does the cocoa-rific scent of the all-natural chocolate facial, which benefits all skin types with a cooling Vitamin C mask followed by a thermal chocolate mask.
The salon and day spa at Moderne may not be far apart physically, but each one feels like a completely different place. The bustling salon is home to a trio of stylists who boast specialties in hair design, extensions, dimensional and corrective color, and Brazilian blowouts, which leave hair straighter, sleeker, and perfect for princes’ climbing attempts. This bustling salon floor slips away as guests enter the doors to the day spa, where they’re greeted by relaxing music. There, massage therapists perform deep-tissue and hot-stone massages, and a nail technician paints fingernails and toenails. The aestheticians can also custom-blend facials, peels, and back facials for clients.
Satta, a certified yoga instructor and reflexologist, takes a holistic approach to health with her alternative treatments at Heel-N-Hands. During her reflexology sessions, she massages pressure points on her clients' feet and hands that she believes link to nerves and organs throughout the body and can promote healing. She also includes elements of Hatha yoga with her treatments, such as guided meditation for added relaxation.
Urelax Oriental Natural Therapy promotes physical and mental tranquility with a variety of holistic therapies. The center's specialists stimulate the body's healing mechanisms with foot reflexology and acupressure, target chronic issues during traditional Chinese tui na sessions, and dissolve tension with warm river stones during hot-stone massages. Facial massages soothe the sinuses while simultaneously reducing puffiness around the eyes that results from stress, sleeplessness, or using your cat as a nighttime eye mask.
In the world of mind-body wellness, Motion Center's founder, Kaeli Abrahams Sutton, is a triple threat: she boasts experience and certifications in dance, yoga, and massage therapy. Kaeli teams up with codirector, Naama Gidron, and a band of certified yoga instructors to share her passion with students through a robust schedule of classes suitable for clients that range from the true beginner to the veteran sun saluter.
Styles range from alignment- and strength-focused disciplines of lyengar and ashtanga yoga to prenatal classes that emphasize core strength and inner calm. Students can also express themselves with ropes, which they can use to support themselves while sinking into deeper postures or to pretend they have the world’s largest Twizzler. In addition to instructors who teach drop-in classes, the Motion Center staffs a small fleet of licensed massage therapists versed in modalities such as deep tissue, prenatal, and muscular therapy.
Inside a tranquil massage emporium, BodySense's trained therapists help clients unwind both mentally and physically with a plethora of muscle-manipulation services. A one-hour massage session rewards hardworking torsos with a Swedish, sports, or deep-tissue treatment. The Swedish massage uses an array of flowing strokes to squish out underskin stress and untie flesh knots, transforming tense bodies into smooth, snuggly spirit satchels. A deep-tissue massage is recommended to release chronic tension and pain, and those with sports-related concerns can target troublesome areas with the sports massage, which delves deeply into muscles and connective tissue to help you rise up and crush the shot-putting competition.
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