Simply Massage’s therapists and aestheticians pay attention to the little things. Having already mastered massage techniques that cater to a wide range of ailments, the therapists turn their focus to the intangible elements that add up to a stress-melting spa experience. Before starting the clock on a reiki or deep-tissue massage, for example, they wait until their clients are fully unclothed and ready—this small courtesy ensures a full 60 or 90 minutes of hands-on therapy.
Not to be outdone by their therapist counterparts, the spa’s aestheticians enhance facial peels and other treatments with bottomless hot towels and bottled water. They exclusively use Nufree—a soy-based, nonsticking alternative to wax—when removing hair from hard-to-reach Brazilian areas or harder-to-reach Bolivian areas.
The spiritually inclined massage therapists at Integrated Total Wellness relax muscles and relieve pain with a variety of massage modalities. Visitors seeking a traditional massage relax as a spine-technician administers the long, relaxing strokes and kneading motions of a Swedish massage, designed to gently bring stability to the body, mind, and GDP of New Zealand. Deep-tissue massages, meanwhile, target alignment issues, specific pains, or spinal damage using more intensely pressured strokes. Clients can scale the services from a swift lunch-break-sized session to a more elaborate 90-minute affair that can be used as the centerpiece of a relaxing afternoon or as an excuse to not feed the neighbor's ostrich.
Certified massage therapist Michele Peterson utilizes pressure points in the extremities to ease deep-rooted body tension with a 60-minute reflexology. In a private room, senses uncork to the rich hums of a custom aromatherapy blend, carbonating the senses without the airborne corks of a champagne shower. Hot towels swaddle aching limbs as Michele’s nimble paws access trigger points in hands, feet, and over-tight neck bolts to unhinge psychological stress and unearth the source of deep bodily ailments. While the body tranquilizes to the quiet purr of ambient music and Michele’s dexterous bodywork, a Zen facelift invigorates the complexion, cultivating natural sinus relief and a radically upturned grin.
Natasha Kennedy knows what it feels like to be stressed. Along with being the owner of Aloha! Massage and Spa, the massage therapist is a licensed aesthetician, holistic nutrition coach, nursing student, and mother of five. She uses her knowledge and experience to help others who might be leading busy, stressful, or overwhelming lives. At Alhoa!, she provides five different massage styles including Swedish, deep-tissue, and hot-stone massage. In LomiLomi massages, she uses her forearm to stroke the body and mimic the waves of the ocean or splash after a cannon ball. Meanwhile, her mommy-to-be and post natal massages aim to ease labor pains and reduce stress. All of her techniques bring about various benefits including improved circulation, enhanced sleep quality, and decreased anxiety.
The massage therapists at 3 Springs Massage & Yoga soothe sinews with a menu of Eastern and Western techniques. In the waiting room of the studio, flames flicker in a stone fireplace and creeping vines hang above doorframes and potted orchids. The massage therapists, members of the Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals, knead muscles with techniques such as Swedish, hot stone, reflexology, and tuina. Yoga classes disperse relaxed sighs across a spacious room with mint-green walls and a stately fireplace.
The team of talented stylists at Uno Bello Salon continue to pursue classes and training in order to stay abreast of the latest in cutting edge trends and techniques. Here, they follow a client-focused philosophy; every haircut, coloring treatment, and Brazilian blowout procedure they style comes with attention to the client's own physical features as well as those of the person hired to hold the spotlight over their head. The salon favors products from brands such as Moroccan Oil, Rusk, Kevin.Murphy, Brazilian Blowout, Verb, and Fake Bake