The pain sets in quickly––a wrench in the neck, a sore back, knotted shoulders. Or perhaps the tension is the culmination of years spent at a desk or performing one too many giraffe impressions. The best tonic for this kind of pain is often the skill set of a certified massage therapist. Certified Hands Massage Therapy sends soothing ripples through achy musculature with a dynamic array of massage modalities. The licensed massage therapists use light to moderate Swedish strokes, or access lower-layer muscles with the firm pressure of deep-tissue and trigger-point techniques. They can also employ sports massages to improve range of motion in athletes and range of emotion in actors who play them on TV.
There are no scissors or strands of coloring foil at The Refresh Bar & Spa. Instead, the roar of blow-dryers reigns supreme. That’s because the hairstylists’ only treatment is their signature blowout, which unfolds on posh white hairstyling chairs in the spa’s blowout bar. With regard to other services, the staff similarly places quantity beneath quality on their totem pole of priorities. For instance, licensed aestheticians brush away facial lines during the spa’s sole signature facial, and licensed massage therapists relax guests during the signature massage, which can include Swedish massage kneads, deep-tissue kneads, or both. The spa offers makeup services and has a sauna, ideal for detoxifying lounges or ice cream as short-lived as Danny Glover’s audition to play the elephant in Operation Dumbo Drop.
Much of our anxiety stems from the brain, so perhaps it makes sense that its antithesis, relaxation, would begin at the body's other end. The staff of SunShine Foot Massage takes countermeasures against stress by masterfully kneading their clients' soles. They draw their techniques from reflexology principles, which identify pressure points on the foot that correspond to different areas on the physique. Though staff members don't claim that their treatments are medically curative, they stand by the treatments’ calming capabilities—their foot massages can encourage serenity in the face of both mental tension and the common cold.
As its services tame knotted muscles, the venue's surroundings contribute to further tranquility. Depending on the location, patrons might enter through a door of black polished bamboo before reclining in a plush chair, partitioned from others by bamboo dividers. They can complement their massage with a foot soak in a milk-bath mixture, submerging their heels for as long as they'd like, or until they are suddenly stuck in a block of cheese. Private rooms are also available for massages with full-body coverage.
The stylists, manicurists, and aestheticians at RC Spa & Beauty Center preside over all aspects of their clients’ appearance with a menu of beauty treatments for hair and body. The sounds of snipping shears fill the salon, where stylists update styles with cuts, vibrant colors, and hair extensions. The scrubbing of a nail file or the chatter of an aesthetician consulting with her client sometimes punctuates this soundtrack, but one part of the salon is set apart from this lively bustle. In a quiet room, massage therapists knead away stress with gentle Swedish, warm hot-stone, or firm deep-tissue strokes.
Skin tightens and muscles go lax at Young Day Spa, where aestheticians work to relax their clients while smoothing their skin. Swedish and deep-tissue massages accompany sauna sessions and sea-salt body scrubs to help clients unwind. And to best treat complexions, staffers analyze the skin before administering vitamin C, oxygen, and acne facials.
At Vendesi Beauty & Wellness Center, individually tailored facials cater to a wide range of skin concerns, treating faces in need of firming, hydrating, exfoliating, and more. The expansive skincare menu also includes microdermabrasion, back exfoliating treatments, and vitamin-C-infused exfoliation. But this beauty and wellness center offers much more than just skincare: other services include massages, body wraps, and spray tanning, to name a few.
The team at Sunny's Perfection specializes in massage therapy, rendering classics such as Swedish and deep-tissue massage. But the staff can also perform hot-stone massage and aromatherapy, in which essential oils facilitate the loosening of muscles. Reflexology rounds out the roster of services, a modality in which the hands and feet are pressed on in order to achieve a therapeutic boost.
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