In a minimalist office with ivory carpeting and black accents, Dr. Glenn Detlefsen and his staff polish away fine lines and resurface skin with injectables, laser treatments, photofacials, and peels, which can bring a youthful glow to visages without permanently situating them over a birthday cake with five flickering candles. The center bases treatments on results from Visia digital skin analysis, which investigates six aspects contributing to the health and appearance of clients' facial features, including the depth and frequency of wrinkles, the size of pores, and the number of freckles feigned with magic marker.
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.
Body wraps increase circulation in target areas. When coupled with botanical extracts and gentle warmth, this can have a range of positive effects. Those effects are the goals of The Wrap Advantage, and they can include everything from weight loss to smoother skin. Some of this takes place through a process called lipolysis, in which the ingredients applied with the wrap help break down fat cells. Wraps are also intended to release the toxins that can build up in fats, as well as lessen cellulite, and the staff at The Wrap Advantage can help each patron identify their own health and aesthetic goals.
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.
No two clients receive the exact same treatment at Ripples Massage Therapy. The clinic is built on a foundation of health and wellness, and so therapists on staff treat every massage recipient to a fully customized session, blending Western, Eastern, and indigenous American medical philosophies for a finely-honed experience. Because health is the focus, the Ripples team is also mobile, delivering useful kneads to those who stay home or reside in an assisted-living facility.
Some modalities, such as acupressure, reiki, and reflexology, have roots in energy healing. Others, such as cranial sacral, deep tissue, lymphatic drainage, and neuromuscular therapy, home in on certain tissues or areas. Then there are styles such as Swedish massage that center on relaxation. And still the list continues, with plenty of modalities for virtually every taste.