Two dozen candles glow welcomingly at Natural Athletic Performance Spa, where holistic health practitioner Reyna Carter guides an elite team specializing in fine-tuning the bodies of athletes in a setting that dissolves the stress of competition. Acupuncturist and master of traditional Oriental medicine Melissa Batten represents the staff members? expertise and thoughtful approach to their work. Having enrolled at the International Professional School of Bodywork, she realized she could better serve her clients with a degree from the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, where she pursued sports medicine, interned for two years in various clinical settings, and learned to differentiate the ailments better addressed with Western medicine. A pair of licensed massage therapists?one of whom is also a certified personal trainer?wield knowledge of six modalities that include the circulation-boosting Swedish style as well as thai and sports massages that loosen joints and target injury prevention. Treatments to streamline silhouettes for races with speeding bullets take shape as either dietary supplements or noninvasive, mechanical kneadings.
When the aestheticians of The Upper Level Spa blend water, lemon juice, and sugar, they're not making lemonade. Rather, they're forming a paste that uproots hair and temporary tattoos without causing skin damage. Unlike traditional waxing, sugaring eschews artificial ingredients, scents, dyes, and even heat?though the paste is warm, it will never burn skin, making it ideal for large or highly sensitive areas. In addition to sugaring, the skincare specialists offer vitamin-infused facials, 15 types of chemical peels, and natural airbrush tans. A massage therapist complements these and other spa services with bodywork sessions in a variety of modalities.
A sparkling chandelier, mirrors in gilded frames, a marbled Corinthian pillar. Ultra Lux Salon and Day Spa would live up to its name by d?cor alone. But once patrons slide into chairs, a team of hairstylists extends pampering still further by snipping off split ends, coloring locks, and adding length with extensions. Spa services such as massages, manicures, and waxing soothe bodies as well as strands.
An elegant chandelier lights up the soft white couch and decor inside OneZen Life, where skilled, holistic health practitioner, Alef Martins, pampers clients with massages and reflexology treatments. The staff's goal of bringing a little zen to clients' lives materializes as they incorporate Body Bliss organic massage oils and lotions in their kneading?instead of making clients say the spa's name 10 times slow.
At SomaSense Bodywork, therapists perform traditional massage, yet specialize in what's known as somatic bodywork. The main tenet of somatic bodywork is that the health of the body is intrinsically tied to the health of the mind. And so it follows that challenges arise when they perform separately instead of in tandem. Somatic treatments combine release of bodily tension with the release of emotional tension, ushering clients toward an overall state of peace.
Massage therapists perform a variety of massage techniques including deep-tissue, Swedish, aromatherapy, and even Ashiatsu, which is performed with the therapists feet while they hang from an overhead bar.
Also fostering this sense of peace is the workspace. Located inside the historic Martin House, the studio is decorated with homey touches, such as cozy wing-back chairs and plush rugs, all of which encourage clients to leave cares at the door.
While growing up in Costa Rica, massage therapist Jackie would travel a long distance with the sole purpose of massaging her exhausted grandmother's hands and feet at the end of the day. The relief she brought to her grandmother piqued her interest in massage therapy and holistic practices. After studying in the United States under a respected Thai massage therapist, she hopped on a magic carpet and flew to Thailand, where she perfected her Thai massage technique.
Now at Human Touch Massage and Bodywork, she uses Thai massage and other modalities on everyone from professional athletes to retirees. She performs several massages on a comfortable floor mat, which allows her to use her body weight to hold down limbs, rather than relying on strategically placed dumbbells.