Relaxation Works owner Kristen Tammaro is a licensed massage therapist dedicated to combining specific types of massage and healing therapies to create individually tailored healing experiences. The whole-health massage merges therapeutic oils, hot stones, massage cups, rhythmic thai massage, and daily reminder calls to encourage flossing to create an experience that helps alleviate stress and heighten spiritual awareness. The 70-minute massage gives clients time to truly relax while heated massage tables and a soothing water fountain help ensure a soothed mind and allow clients to feel as if they are lying on a sunny beach without worrying about getting hit on by a cocky volleyball.
SpaRenity Day Spa's nail techs pamper and polish appendages during relaxing manicures and pedicures. During the classic manicure, a technician shapes nails and curbs boundary-crossing cuticles, leaving fingertips shapely and smooth. Nail specialists then massage a moisturizing cream into hands and apply a choice of traditional polish. Alternatively, a cured coat of Shellac gel polish can protect fingernails with a glossy, chip-free coat of armor for up to two weeks. Prior to the classic pedicure, clients ascend a cushioned throne to soak feet in a softening bath. After treating nails and cuticles, staffers exfoliate soles, knead tension out of arches and suspension bridges, and daub nail beds with polish. Dainty curtains separate the pedicure room from the salon quarters, sequestering patrons in a space with richly padded armchairs and soft, golden light.
The massage therapists at Wicked Awesome Massage customize their soothing sessions to the relaxation and wellness needs of each client's organ capsule. During Swedish massages, muscle mavens use oils or lotions to render gliding strokes, kneading, friction, and occasional tapping movements to ease muscle tautness and send morse-coded messages of calm. Firm but gentle pressure makes the Swedish style ideal for massage newbies, whereas deep-tissue methods utilize more intense pressure to target deeper muscles, help alleviate chronic tension, and break up scar tissue. Like a heated argument over whose turn it is to bathe the cat, some temporary soreness may result.
After spending 13 years closing business deals as a sales representative, Mari Brown decided to trade in handshakes and contracts for therapeutic strokes and aromatherapy oils. Mari’s new clients are thankful for her change of heart. The nationally certified massage therapist now spends her days tending to their aches and pains with relaxing bodywork treatments that employ custom-blended organic oils.
Inside the studio’s private treatment room, the sounds of Asian music join with the flicker of warm candlelight to foster an atmosphere that calms the senses. Mari’s various massage techniques do their part, as well, working to alleviate the stresses of workdays spent crouched over computers or hiding from bosses in cramped supply closets.
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Guests to iMassage are greeted by a wall bearing the words "Relax…Renew…Relieve", hinting at the kneading specialists' ultimate goal as they work to alleviate aches with eight different massage modalities. Private treatment rooms glow with amber tones and soft lighting, helping to usher away outside cares as massage therapists melt stress with gentle Swedish massage or hot stones or target harder-to-reach tension with sports or deep-tissue styles. They also offer side-by-side massages for couples or mother-daughter duos, as well as chair massages to soothe busy bodies or those who are routinely sat on.
Tucked away in a calm countryside corner, Elite offers a full range of services in a unique antique-farmhouse setting. With this deal, clients will get three laser hair-reduction treatments (worth up to $450, depending on the area of the body). Using the gentle, fast, and completely safe SoftLight laser technology, a trained spa specialist mows underarm yards ($130), deforests lips and chins ($130), and beautifies bikini lines ($150) to leave the skin feeling as smooth and silky as a heavily buttered Slip 'n Slide. Laser hair-removal technology reduces follicle growth for a longer duration of time than waxing and other forms of fur harvesting, and it is largely pain-free.