Notes of relaxing music float through the air within the warm and welcoming private rooms of Massage Retreat & Spa, mingling sometimes with the rhythmic tapping of fingers across sore muscles or the silence of relaxation. While the spa’s massage therapists melt away aches and pains with smooth Swedish strokes, warm stones, or liquid-hot magma, their aesthetician counterparts indulge complexions with cleansing facials, waxing sessions, and treatments for eyebrows and eyelashes.
Though their menu of available sessions can seem overwhelming at first, the spa’s staff takes the time to tailor each treatment to clients’ individual needs; a health questionnaire and customer profile—required of first-time visitors—assists their efforts to pinpoint your unique ailments and concerns. An online Health Resource Center similarly typifies their uncommon dedication to individual care with its trove of helpful health and lifestyle tips with massage therapists and skincare specialists.
Author and Juut SalonSpa owner David Wagner channels a childhood spent watching nature’s beauty into his Aveda salon’s eight locations. The studio stylists and other staff members, many of whom benefit from the company’s extensive training program, perform services beneath shelves laden with Aveda products. The botanically sourced elixirs repair and sculpt hair naturally without subjecting it to other products’ unpleasant chemicals or a robot hairdresser’s endless questions about love.
The licensed massage therapists at Ideal Massage extol massage as more than just a relaxing luxury. Although their massages can in fact induce sublime serenity, the team focuses more on the therapeutic aspect of massage. They gear their strokes to not only relieve headaches and muscle tension but to boost energy, improve sleep, and increase mental function.
Oasis Massage and Wellness provides a space "where natural pain relief meets spa indulgence." In the comfort of a private room, a licensed massage therapist can focus on trouble areas buried in the fascia during firm deep-tissue sessions; administer flowing Swedish strokes for full-body rejuvenation; or employ more specialized modalities, including trigger-point massage. Foot reflexology can help promote head-to-toe healing, thanks to the practitioners' understanding that reflex points in the feet can impact the whole body. Clients may also pair bodywork with sumptuous add-ons: hot stones maximize relaxation, and aromatherapy treatments ensnare the senses with the help of essential oils.
Lesleyanne, the therapist behind 8th Chakra Massage & Body Works, relieves stress by using nine different massage techniques on clients as they rest on a plush table. She begins by slathering backs with oils, lotions, and powders, so her hands can efficiently glide across knots and adhesions. She also tailors her approach to each client's needs by blending modalities such as hot stone, deep-tissue, shiatsu, lomilomi, reflexology, craniosacral work, and trigger-point therapy.
By tweaking each muscle-mending session, Lesleyanne can ease the stiffness that develops in muscles due to inactivity, stress, inconsistent sleep patterns, and living inside a dollhouse. Recipients of massage often cite benefits such as decreased recovery time after injury and reduced depression.