Candles, ornamental artwork, and the occasional seashell set the scene at Serene Serenity, a spa whose name basically says it all. Here, certified massage therapists and licensed aestheticians tend to mind and body with services that are at once relaxing and uplifting. Swedish, deep-tissue, and hot-stone massages loosen up muscles and relieve discomfort, while hydrating facials repair damaged skin and any cursed marks left behind by wizards. Serene Serenity also offers contouring body wraps, as well as reflexology treatments for the feet.
Whether you feel tight all over or suffer from a single nagging area of soreness, the certified massage therapists at MassageOnBroadway can help your muscles take a breather. To best serve their clients, they start with one of the eight modalities they practice and customize strokes based on individual needs. Some massages, such as the Swedish, use calm strokes to ease the body from head to toe. Others, such as trigger-point therapy, focus on localized knots while deftly avoiding your self-destruct button.
What makes it great: couples packages that include champagne and chocolates, treatments that utilize high-end products by Pavona and SkinCeuticals, refreshment bar, an on-staff chiropractor, and a boutique stocked with products from Aquiesse and Hanky Panky
Informed by fitness-heavy interests, including competitive bicycling, jogging, and research in sports injury and recovery, the licensed massage therapists at On Balance Massage and Bodywork draw upon their massage training to relieve injury and pain. They treat clients ranging from athletes to chronic-pain sufferers with massage modalities such as myofascial release, which targets pain with gentle, sustained pressure on the connective tissues. They also practice deep-tissue massage, which involves the sublayer manipulation of muscles to reduce inflammation-related pain and locate embedded spinach cans. For bodies tense from work or minds reeling from stress, therapists pore over musculatures with relaxing Swedish, hot-stone, and reiki techniques.