Taking its French translation of "private spa" seriously, Spa Prive performs many of its treatments in private rooms cut off from the waiting area's more social arrangement of silk-like chairs and floral paintings. Muted lighting accompanies clients throughout the spa as they indulge in aesthetic and relaxation services that employ the power of Repêchage, PCA Skin, and Bioelements products. Licensed aestheticians treat acne with specialized facials, administer PCA peels on faces and backs, and landscape bodily forests with waxing services. Fingers and toes lose their troublesome hangnails and back-talking cuticles at the skilled hands of nail technicians, and Swedish, deep-tissue, and pregnancy massage release tensions from the body and into the wild.
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.
Featured on Bravo's Tabatha's Salon Takesover, stylist and color specialist Nik Nejad has sharpened his scissor skills for a quarter century, lending him the expertise to lead his staff of aestheticians and stylists in offering a full menu of salon and beauty services. As hair experts cut, color, and twist tresses into elegant coiffures, clients can admire their new 'dos via the large, framed mirrors hung above antique-style dressers. All nail services—such as mani-pedis and silk wraps—include a dip in skin-softening paraffin wax, and facials and makeup applications leave complexions glowing for any lavish occasion, from weddings to Senate-committee hearings. Massage therapists knead sore muscles, leaving them relaxed and limber so guests can cartwheel past the fountain bubbling in the spa's outdoor courtyard.
European-trained aestheticians at Le Beau Organic Day Spa are experts not only in taking care of the skin, but also in using organic formulas to do it. With a full line of organic products, they perform massages and facials that include extras to enhance the bliss for no extra charge, much like imagining that the massage table is a pile of money. Massages include complimentary access jetted showers, and facials come with moisturizing hand treatments and aromatherapy essential oils.
Massage therapist John Rowinski abides by the Goldilocks method: If one massage is too gentle and another too firm, then the one in between should be just right. This approach led him to create the "deep Swedish" modality, a middle ground between the flowing kneads of a standard Swedish massage and the highly focused pressure of deep-tissue work. His clients are far from limited to these three options, however. Each of John's massages is a custom and distinct experience, and he channels more than 20 years of practice—conducted at spas, medical centers, and athletic venues—to inform his services.
His pampering menu also highlights hot-stone massages, which coax tension from muscles by warming them with ocean basalt stones. His prenatal massages allow expectant mothers to recline on their sides, propped against a specialized body pillow that optimizes comfort. Though it is not classified as a massage, his lymphatic-drainage therapy does involve manual manipulation and aims to enhance the natural flow of lymph fluid throughout the body for increased well-being and relaxing "whoosh" sounds. John administers these services at his own venue or on location, traveling to patrons' homes or offices for an additional fee.
Amie Bélanger is a licensed massage therapist, aesthetician, endermologist, and certified hydro-colon specialist. But more impressive than her résumé is her passion for changing people's lives. Drawing on more than 15 years of experience, Amie can improve the complexion with a noninvasive face-lift, or nix unwanted hair from brows with a specialty wax. Guests may also retreat to her private studio inside of Dermal Dynamics for therapeutic Swedish or deep-tissue bodywork.
As the name indicates, the staff at Dermal Dynamics specialize in treating the dermis. The aestheticians and massage artists work on all things skin, even its underlying tissues. Through microdermabrasion, they create clear complexions. The Dermal Dynamics team also tends to eyelash extensions, massage therapy, cellulite treatments, and waxing.
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