The massage therapists at Shivaga Thai Massage skillfully knead away at aches and aim to improve energy flow through the body with an array of healing Thai treatments. Performed by a senior-level muscle manipulator on clients cloaked in loose-fitting clothing, the custom-tailored, oil-free therapeutic massage focuses on specific areas of stiffness or pain in an attempt to correct energy imbalances. An herbal massage employs a poultice of steamed local herbs to soothe tension and infuse sore spots with pesto and deep-pressure Thai techniques. The aroma massage marinates Eastern and Western modalities in fragrant organic oils for a Thai-meets-Swedish kneading that leaves the body revitalized and euphoric. Sip a cup of complimentary Thai tea at the end of the massage as you browse the wares in the ornately decorated Shivaga store. Upgraded services and substitutions of crab-rangoon sauce for massage oil are available for an additional fee.
Like any small business owner, Ofella Slater started out small. She always loved makeup, and her natural talent with the makeup brush was so evident it inspired family and friends to constantly seek her help as they prepared for big events. That hobby soon turned into a professional calling, and before long Ofella found herself doing makeup for brides and fashion shows––when she wasn't busy strutting the catwalk herself, that is. Her modeling career hasn't gotten in the way of her work at O Spa Salon though––in fact, it gives her a keen understanding of what it feels like to be both in front of and behind the camera, allowing her to build a rapport with the teens, brides, and everyday clients that sit in her makeup chair. She even leads comprehensive makeup lessons where she shows clients the colors and techniques that look best on them and invites clients to bring their home makeup bag so that she may pinpoint which items should stay and which should be cannoned into space.
Ofella and her aestheticians know that makeup is no replacement for healthy skin, and so they offer a slew of skincare services. Ranging from chemical peels to advanced hydrafacials, each and every treatment's goal is to revivify worn down skin or maintain naturally healthy complexions using nourishing ingredients such as pumpkin and vitamin C, as well as advanced tools such as microdermabrasion. To complete head to toe transformations, O Spa Salon also offers hair styling, tanning, and nail services and employs a licensed massage therapists who kneads away stress with five different styles of bodywork.
Angel Ong is a member of the distinguished team of stylists, aestheticians, and massage therapists that makes up the staff at GMS Art of Beauty. The staff's credentials make this boutique spa and salon a clinic of expertise and vision—there are Master Stylists and Master colorists, licensed aestheticians, and certified educators, with backgrounds that include work for TV and Hollywood red carpet events. Amidst overstuffed velvet couches, cone-shaped hanging lamps, and distressed walls, Angel and her colleagues pretty up the hair, skin, nails, and bodies. From hair design to signature facials and skin resurfacing, the stylists and aestheticians tailor their craft to embellish each client's individual features and blend with the features of their stunt double. Between GMS Art of Beauty's salon and spa, they offer everything from cuts and keratin treatments to anti-aging treatments, massage, and nail care.
The pumpkin refresher, the pineapple express, and the green tea are just a few items on menu—but they aren't drinks. They’re specialized, nourishing facials offered at Jolie Skin & Body Care, nestled inside of Buschi Salon. During skincare treatments, which include body waxing and tinting in addition to decadent facials, customization comes first. Aestheticians take inventory of unique skin-type needs before launching any chosen procedure, ensuring that clients leave the spa feeling more beautiful than the day they wore a half-geode as a bike helmet. Massage therapists also personalize treatments, which may revolve around Swedish, sports, or shiatsu core techniques.
Experts home in on knots with five varieties of massage therapy, as well as acupuncture. During deep-tissue massages, they use a tracing method that stalks pain to its source and triggers relief by pushing into lower-level musculature. Therapists also evict sports- and work-related tension, addressing muscles strains caused by weightlifting, a hard week at the office, or a moderate week at the fireworks factory. Shiatsu and relaxation massages each tackle stress and fatigue with long, soothing strokes, and myofascial therapy and acupressure pinpoint problem areas to realign troublesome tissues and balance energy pathways.
Divine Massage Therapy’s certified massage therapists can claim expertise in Swedish massage, myofascial release, and alternative healing practices, such as shiatsu and reflexology. They tailor each service to the client’s needs, choosing strokes and pressure levels that dissolve tension, chronic pain, and inexplicably indigestible Dippin’ Dots. To complement massages’ health benefits, which range from better sleep to improved circulation, clients may turn to the studio’s resident chiropractor, who has helped pro athletes improve their posture and range of motion.