Within a 17th-floor penthouse, Spa J'Adore's wide windows allow rays of sunlight to illuminate Buddha photos, exposed-brick walls, and brilliant orchids. Their décor, a combination of urban chic and zen sensibilities, reflects the massage practice's dual focus on Western and Eastern traditions. To that end, massage therapists are equally adept at deep-tissue and Swedish treatments as modalities from Thailand and Japan. The staff also paints on tans with brushes instead of sprays during body-bronzing sessions, which create a smoother, more natural appearance. After their treatments, clients can lounge on the spa's balcony, sipping herbal tea from heavy clay cups and relaying semaphore messages to hikers on distant mountains.
The scents of eucalyptus, lavender, and sandalwood that linger in the air at The I Spa can be traced back to an essential-oil blending bar, where clients can customize their own relaxing fragrances. These fragrances eventually make their way into massages that cater to individual aches and pains with techniques drawn from 10 distinct modalities.
“Customization” seems to be the principle that unites and guides every treatment that takes place at The I Spa. This is evident not only in the massages, but in the skin analysis that precedes each facial, allowing the spa’s aestheticians to craft unique blends of products from Jan Marini and Eve Taylor.
Regardless of the treatment, it’s not difficult to relax amidst the spa’s tile walls, gauzy curtains, and tropical flowers. Each treatment room is equipped with a vacant iPod dock that allows clients to play their own self-recorded impersonations of Phil Collins cooing like a pigeon. After treatments, clients can enjoy access to the fitness center, salt-water lap pool, and outdoor terrace.
Cocoon Urban Day Spa’s beauty technicians understand that a good waxing treatment has two things going for it: precision and speed. That’s why their Brazilian waxes typically take only 15 minutes while only leaving behind custom shapes and designs. When they aren’t sculpting fuzz into triangles or iconic skylines, the team airbrushes skin with natural tanning solutions that result in an even glow. Led by founder Sarah Redmond, the team performs their personalized treatments in an their spa designed to make any urban chaos feel far away.
Dinair Pinheiro Sisson studied massage in Brazil before moving to America. In addition to her license to knead, she also holds certifications that grant her the title of "Advanced Practitioner" and "Supreme Massage Potentate." A deep-tissue specialist, she also offers modalities ranging from lymphatic drainage to aesthetic massage. The latter bridges the gap between her massage practice and her beauty treatments, which she performs as a licensed aesthetician thanks to her studies at the San Francisco School of Cosmetology.
For 25 years, Ringolevio Salon’s stylists, aestheticians, and massage therapists have been reviving appearances and recharging spirits inside a clean and modern studio space. While stylists combine their creativity and skill to craft haircuts that range from classic to cutting-edge, colorists design brilliant new hair hues using all-vegan Pureology products. Aestheticians combat blemishes, acne, and age spots with classic European facials, oxygen-therapy facials, and glycolic-acid treatments, and even offer teeth whitening to ensure newly even complexions aren't diminished by yellowed grins. As for the massage therapists, they pander to tight muscles and tense minds with a host of modalities that includes hot stone and reflexology and will gladly customize an aromatherapy treatment based on the client's favorite scents and number of noses.
At Rosewater Skin Care, a team of skincare experts and massage therapists share a common dedication to helping clients relax and look their best. Aestheticians apply cruelty-free Dermalogica products to faces during cleansing steam extractions and exfoliating peels, giving clients a youthful glow without asking them to don a beard of fireflies. The scent of aromatherapy oils fills the air inside the sunny spa, where gauzy white curtains and birthday-cake-blue pastels provide a backdrop for gentle massages and efficient waxing.