Much of our anxiety stems from the brain, so perhaps it makes sense that its antithesis, relaxation, would begin at the body's other end. The staff of SunShine Foot Massage takes countermeasures against stress by masterfully kneading their clients' soles. They draw their techniques from reflexology principles, which identify pressure points on the foot that correspond to different areas on the physique. Though staff members don't claim that their treatments are medically curative, they stand by the treatments? calming capabilities?their foot massages can encourage serenity in the face of both mental tension and the common cold.
As its services tame knotted muscles, the venue's surroundings contribute to further tranquility. Depending on the location, patrons might enter through a door of black polished bamboo before reclining in a plush chair, partitioned from others by bamboo dividers. They can complement their massage with a foot soak in a milk-bath mixture, submerging their heels for as long as they'd like, or until they are suddenly stuck in a block of cheese. Private rooms are also available for massages with full-body coverage.
Behind the decorative changing screens at Magic Foot Massage, a quiet sanctuary welcomes guests onto reclining, padded beds. The glow of paper lanterns illuminates the hands of trained therapists, whose fingers deftly apply focused pressure onto client feet. The spots that they knead aren't random—they're practicing the ancient art of Chinese reflexology, a method based around the claim that parts of the foot correspond to different areas of the body. By massaging these nodes, the staff hopes to bring relaxation and balance to the entire self.
In conjunction with their reflexology treatments, they also offer body massages. Patrons can split their appointment into a combined foot- and body-massage session, and opt for the VIP treatment to choose their preferred lotions and oils. The pampering services can boast both physical and mental effects, coaxing tension from overworked muscles, enhancing blood flow, and clearing the mind without first putting a leaf blower against your ear.
At Sofya's European Skin Care, owner Sofya draws from more than 25 years of experience in the skin care field to keep skin healthy and fresh. Sofya's specialty is treating severe and cystic acne, though she can also tackle a wide range of complexion issues with help from LED light therapy, crystal-free microdermabrasion, and high quality, organic products by brands such as Epicuren, Jadience, and EMK Placental. Sofya infuses the skin with moisture during hydrotherapy facials, removes bacteria during acne facials, and reduces hyperpigmentation during brightening facials. Of course, beauty isn't confined to the face, which is why the spa's services also include organic waxing, back facials, and massage.
At Blue Sand Mind & Body, a group of practitioners comes together to ply its signature trade: traditional Thai massage. Generally considered more rigorous than other modalities, Thai massage mixes stretching maneuvers with deep and targeted pressure. For those who prefer a more relaxing massage, the staff is equally proficient at Swedish, Hawaiian lomilomi, and hot-stone massage, among other treatments. Like a really good wide receiver, Blue Sand is open every day of the week and caters to those with busy schedules by staying open until 8 p.m. each day.
Beyond Harmony Med Spa infuses its services with natural elements, from algae-clay treatments that help diminish cellulite to salt scrubs that slough off dead skin and eliminate toxins. Using brand-name products, the staff pampers clients with hydrating multivitamin facials, aromatherapy foot massages, and parafango body wraps that swaddle guests in warm herbal paraffin mud. Between beautification sessions, clients can relax in the med spa's quiet room, sipping herbal tea and listening to the gentle hissing of stress leaving the body.
Signature Service: Deep-tissue and therapeutic massage
Brands Used: Biofreeze, DoTera, Massage FX,
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 1 person
Parking: Parking lot
Minimum Age Requirement: 15
Pro Tip: I schedule most appointments in advance. I recommend scheduling at least 24 hours in advance.