Licensed massage therapist Gina Mauro helms Massage and Yoga Therapy, where she blends in-depth knowledge of Thai massage, shiatsu, neuromuscular therapy, reiki, and yoga into personalized massages. She welcomes guests for brief consultations, discussing physical issues and any relevant matters to best sculpt massage sessions that can include stretching, compression, and deep pressure.
Muscle-kneading duo Linda Mehleisen-Kelly and Bryan Bauer eradicate back-bound aches with nine massage and energy-balancing services, calling upon years of training from Albany's own Center for Natural Wellness. Swedish and deep-tissue massage work kinks out of tired physiques, and reiki employs dexterous hands to clear away energy blockages and detoxify the body. Hot stones and bamboo sticks gently unwind tension with pulsating warmth, loosening even the most tightly wound of muscles and thawing out backs frozen from giving snowmen piggyback rides.
At Metamorphose Salon, a style-savvy posse of beatifying beauticians pampers visitors from finger to toe with an array of spa services. During each mani-pedi, experienced digital stylists preen patron's extremities, doting for 45 minutes on the fingers and an hour on the toes, soaking, massaging, and moisturizing away stress and dry skin. Utilizing an artistic eye, nail technicians sculpt tips to the client's specification, rounding out points, squaring edges, or crafting tiny busts of Michelangelo. After relaxing hand and foot massages, detailers paint paws with OPI lacquers bright enough to make a rainbow blush, leaving skin soft, supple, and revitalized.
The tension tamers at Marotta Health and Wellness Chiropractic let physiques unfurl and minds unwind with therapeutic massages tailored to each client's individual needs. During one-hour Swedish massage sessions, a licensed therapist coaxes out stored-up stress and melts tension lodged in bodily crannies with gliding strokes and precise pressure, allowing the body to experience a floating sensation akin to a blimp ride in outer space. Deep-tissue massages hone in on wound-up tendons and weary connective tissue, revivifying musculature while boosting blood flow, banishing cramps, and increasing joint flexibility. Marotta Health and Wellness Chiropractic’s tranquil, secluded treatment rooms envelop guests with mint-green walls dotted with colorful educational charts, posters, and Spine of the Month calendars.
The licensed massaged therapists at First Choice Therapeutic Massage are experts in administering Swedish, deep-tissue, sports, and chair massages. Whether you’re stressed out, too tense, or experiencing muscle pain, massage can soothe and relax the mind and body. First Choice’s educational classes are taught by an experienced instructor who patiently teaches students the secrets of the trade.
A wildly successful alternative to traditional day spas—its more than 300 locations blanket 36 states and half a dozen countries—Planet Beach is a futuristic relaxation station where state-of-the-art machines administer all the spa and tanning services. These friendly automatons sometimes replace familiar treatments, as in the Luminous facial, a light-based service that delivers blemish-busting results similar to those of a conventional facial. But other equipment maps out new spa territory entirely: the Hydro-Derma Fusion chamber moisturizes the whole body with nutrient-rich steam in order to offset the effects of a dry climate or a rear-end collision with a salt truck. Other machines whiten teeth, spray-tan skin, and massage muscles.
Planet Beach operates on a gym-style membership system, meaning that members purchase packages or pay flat monthly rates. As members spend more time at the spa, they get to know the helpful assistants who are always on hand to demonstrate how to use the equipment without activating its ability to cry.