The talented massage therapists at Zen Beauty Spa help frazzled muscles relax and rejuvenate from deltoid to tendon. Appropriate for active athletes, the sports massage heals and prevents future injuries by targeting problem areas, such as tennis elbow and pickle-ball knee, with stimulating strokes that encourage blood and lymph circulation. Stress melts away like a snowman on a spit with the Swedish massage, complete with smooth gliding strokes, kneading, friction, and stretching. During the deep-tissue massage, a muscle mediator unties knots and dissolves tension with strokes similar to Swedish techniques, but with more intense pressure. Neuromuscular therapy calms spasming muscles, while a lymphatic massage boosts the immune system by ridding the body of harmful toxins and ghosts of Columbus Days past. By flooding nostrils with the scents of essential oils, the aromatherapy massage sends subliminal messages to the limbic system such as "relax" and "snap, crackle, pop."
Haul your corpus to me Hair, Skin & Body Rejuvenation's relaxing environs for a restorative, one-hour Tranquility me massage. With deliberate strokes and intense focus, its licensed massage therapist is capable of taking the mind to a blissfully whited-out plane where it's free to bob up and down like a Q-tip buoy in a sea of cotton balls. A series of gliding rhythmic movements target the most troubled corners of your vessel, relinquishing delinquent tension mobs to the firm but loving justice of a skin officer's healing hands. The gentle kneads and pressure-point techniques push the body toward full relaxation, rendering the indulging treatment a soothing antidote to everyday stresses at home, the office, or the jousting arena. The whole process concludes with a 15-minute steam to seal in post-massage afterglow.
Relaxed sighs ride a wave of gentle scents from Alchemista, where staff draws upon the therapeutic properties of essential oils and handmade organic products. The Fall Harvest aromatherapy body buff tickles noses and seduces the senses with spices reminiscent of carving pumpkins, raking leaves, and harvesting bountiful crops of scarecrows. The body buff scrubs away dead skin cells and hydrates the healthy layer underneath, revealing a glowing, even-toned façade. The blue-corn body treatment combines seasonal corn and sugarcane extracts to soften skin sheathes like an apology note from reformed UV rays. A full-body hot-stone massage from a licensed therapist augments the blue-corn treatment with soothing pressure and aromatherapy. The massage alleviates muscle tension, stimulates circulation, and tests geological knowledge with the gentle warmth of heated rocks.
A wildly successful alternative to traditional day spas—its more than 300 locations blanket 36 states and half a dozen countries—Planet Beach is a futuristic relaxation station where state-of-the-art machines administer all the spa and tanning services. These friendly automatons sometimes replace familiar treatments, as in the Luminous facial, a light-based service that delivers blemish-busting results similar to those of a conventional facial. But other equipment maps out new spa territory entirely: the Hydro-Derma Fusion chamber moisturizes the whole body with nutrient-rich steam in order to offset the effects of a dry climate or a rear-end collision with a salt truck. Other machines whiten teeth, spray-tan skin, and massage muscles.
Planet Beach operates on a gym-style membership system, meaning that members purchase packages or pay flat monthly rates. As members spend more time at the spa, they get to know the helpful assistants who are always on hand to demonstrate how to use the equipment without activating its ability to cry.
Tara Sullivan is the founder of and sole practitioner at Navillus Bodywork, a massage-therapy center where she helps clients tackle physical and energetic hindrances with various modalities. The lighter strokes of Swedish massage comfort muscles and frazzled nerves, whereas the more intense kneads of deep-tissue treatments work to reverse the effects of tension, injury, or scar tissue. Heated volcanic rock floods muscles with warmth during hot-stone massages, loosening joints that have become as stiff as Medusa's ophthalmologist.
In Xanadu Salon and Spa's elegantly appointed private treatment rooms, talented aestheticians pamper bodies inside and out with head-to-toe pulchritude services. Insides feel refreshed after colon hydrotherapy and ionic footbaths, both of which pull toxins from the body to leave patrons feeling lighter than bubbles full of helium. Fa?ades get new looks after facials and body wraps, which utilize a carefully curated selection of sea salts, mineral-rich black mud, and Oxygen Botanicals skincare products, as well as hair coiffing and massages.