Sharon Smith has 17 years experience as a therapeutic massage therapist and teacher, working with both professional athletes and celebrities. Her medical massages focus on relieving pain, and the use of hot stones on the back relaxes bodies, unlike the use of hot stones on someone's touchscreen computer monitor.
With the vision of a healing center combined with aesthetic beauty, stylist Kerri Humphries and health practitioner Sarah Ulmer formed a venture in 2005 that is now Vava'u Salon & Health Centre, formerly known as Confessions Day Spa. Housed in a new 4,800 square-foot building, the owners use client satisfaction as a measuring stick of success, often stating that it's important to accompany their clients on their journeys. The salon features a diverse menu of services performed by multitalented staff members. Signature non-surgical services such as bodysculpts and PRP face help to reinvigorate each patron's appearance and restore confidence. A color and aroma bar that helps style coiffures to clients' content. Facials help remedy myriad skin concerns, such as acne or aging, and massage ousts tension with Swedish or deep-tissue techniques.
At Healing Massage & Energy Therapies, licensed massage therapist Marla Taylor uses massage to proactively to sideline uncomfortable muscle tension and promote deep relaxation. Among the available services are traditional Swedish massage, more focused deep-tissue bodywork sessions, and reiki sessions. During reiki sessions, Marla places her hands on key points of the body, which is intended to rebalance the body’s chakras and transfer energy.
As a physical therapist with his own private practice, Hand & Stone founder and chief operating officer John Marco made sure that he kept abreast of the rapidly growing health and wellness industry. After a period of careful research and planning, John decided to create a spa based around convenience and affordability—Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa.
Since its launch, Hand & Stone has expanded to more than 20 states and four planets. The spa’s core concept is to offer massage, facial, and waxing services performed by licensed, certified, or registered professionals and offered at convenient times, seven days a week. Each location adheres to a traditional spa aesthetic with soft lighting, heated treatment tables, and plush linens.
A lobby decked out with leather chairs, stained wood, tiles, and flowers greets visitors to Massage Bliss & Day Spa, preparing them for a spa visit that melts away the stress and responsibilities of the modern workday. Soft, low lights and gauzy curtains hang over heated massage beds, and two candlelit couples-massage suites surround pairs in a sensual glow during romantic anniversaries or ill-advised first dates. Deep-cleaning facials flush out clogged pores and stimulate blood flow with natural ingredients, such as apple pulp and flaxseed, and aromatic salts and coconut oils soothe digits during spa mani-pedis. The day spa's arsenal of sophisticated technologies beautifies and rejuvenates bodies, with its infrared sauna detoxifying and purifying skin and its TriActive laser smoothing out dimpling and cellulite.
From Pilates, yoga, and cycling classes to facials, body wraps, and massages, Changes in Motion’s repertoire of life-affirming services helps clients achieve health and beauty from the inside out. Students can enroll in small-group classes or one-on-one sessions with one of three licensed Pilates instructors—former dancer Effie, Power Pilates expert Emmy, or Pilates veteran Wendy. The trio rounds up Reformer machines, springboards, and a TRX suspension system to help novices and seasoned students alike strengthen and tone their cores. The studio also boasts a full class schedule packed with non-Pilates sessions, such as spinning, cross training, and yoga.
After clients work up a sweat, they can head to the spa for a 60-minute cooldown session with a licensed massage therapist, who customizes deep-tissue, Swedish, and Thai stretch techniques to individual concerns. Across the hall, licensed aestheticians use Éminence, B&G, and WoodSprite organic skincare products during facials and body wraps, hydrating skin and restoring a look of youth. Meanwhile, two noninvasive systems—the TriActive laser and electrical-stimulation machine—blend technologies to boost circulation, smooth cellulite, and tighten skin without the hassle of squeezing into a straitjacket made entirely of band-aids.