Fresh off the heels of its one year anniversary, Water Lounge Spa pampers and soothes customers with massages, facials, and skincare services administered by a staff of certified massage therapists and aestheticians. Aches and pains recede as experienced hands administer neuromuscular therapy or massages accented with hot stones, focused on deep-seated knots, or tailored especially for expectant mothers. Relaxation deepens as clients soak in one of six private hot tub rooms with steam, which soothes skin and lungs while fogging up overworked eyeballs to give them a break. Aestheticians also tend to hair during waxing, tweezing, threading, and tinting appointments.
The Boss had a job for her. Bruce Springsteen needed a massage, and so he turned to Andrea Kramer, a 15-year veteran therapist trained in six different modalities. He ended up visiting her a few times, adding to a list of clientele that already included athletes, CEOs, and redwood trees whose knots had persisted for hundreds of years.
Andrea owns and operates Elle Spa, a massage-centric facility where clients seek relief in one of five different massage therapies. Elle Spa also offers massages which help support women during pregnancy, menopause, and the time when their heels sprout their first stilettos.
As one of the first certified-green day spas on the peninsula, The Spa Studio keeps both its clients and the earth beautiful by reducing waste and conserving resources while carrying out a range of skincare, massage, and wellness services. During airbrush-tanning sessions, a solution infused with botanicals and antioxidants coats the skin and bronzes it over a 12-hour period, resulting in a glow that doesn’t require exposure to the sun’s harmful UV comets. The Organic Bliss facial rejuvenates skin with minerals and omega-9 nutrients, and permanent, nonlaser hair removal uses an enzyme called trypsin to prevent hair from growing back.
The massage therapists at Bua Thai Wellness Center realign bodies while banishing tension with a combination of traditional Thai and therapeutic massage techniques. During 90-minute sessions, fully clothed clients recline on a large, cushioned floor mat as the therapist enlists traditional Thai massage’s rhythmic, yoga-like stretches to lengthen and loosen muscles. Experienced fingers also dole out therapeutic massage techniques while kneading feet, legs, and hips before soothing soreness in backs and shoulders. As clients’ cares wind away, therapists may use hands, elbows, feet, and knees to release bodies’ tension or to take their rock-paper-scissors games up a notch.
Zack Philpot would be the first to tell you that he does not in fact possess any magical powers. However, as a facilitator of healing, Philpot works on a muscular, cellular, and spiritual level to help clients tap into to the healing powers of their own mind and body. The state-certified massage therapist helms Kinetic Synergy, where he aids patients with an array of alternative massage therapies and personal training. Philpot backs each session with decades of martial-arts and fitness-industry experience that lend him an increased understanding of the human body. Under his able hands, clients can receive the benefits of acupressure, a 5,000-year-old practice in which fingers press key points on the body to stimulate healing, or chi kung, which is aimed at alleviating hypertension, diabetes, and depression. Philpot also dishes out helpings of reflexology, craniosacral balancing, and vibrational healing massage—an amalgamation of multiple healing modalities and a large subwoofer.
The massage therapists of Thai Peninsula LLC draw on rich and varied traditions to help improve health and muscle function. Thai massage, which employs passive stretching, forms the basis of a few different massages. For example, during alternative massages, massage therapists combine Thai and Swedish modalities. A choice of six essential oils, including lavender and green tea, helps customize the Thai aroma massage, and the Thai couples massage, like an octopus's sweatpants, soothes eight limbs at once. Thai massage, however, is far from the only service offered. Deep-tissue techniques and foot reflexology also appear on the menu. Of course, massage in general is the specialty here, but Thai Peninsula also offers an onsite boutique for those seeking fabrics and necklaces.