Smooth basalt stones steep in warmth. Aromatherapy oils blend slowly into massage lotions. The massage therapist at Quality Time works busily to prepare for each client. During sessions, she increases circulation to sore muscles with the soft kneads and soothing strokes of Swedish massage techniques. Amid thin curtains of steam, she also heats paraffin wax to a comfortable 125 degrees, warm enough to ease tension and soothe skin, but still more comfortable than being fed hot fondue by The Three Stooges.
Warm facial towels, aromatherapy oils, and heat therapy are a few of the supplemental services the therapists at VidaTherapy Massage Center use to relax clients. They stir these add-ons into an array of Swedish, deep-tissue, and sports massages to further pamper clients. After a massage, clients' blood circulates better, sleep comes easier, their headaches can vanish, and the digital self-destruct timer on their back stops counting down.
Ever since he entered private practice more than 30 years ago, Dr. Gojko Stula has remained dedicated to preventing—and not merely treating—illnesses with a combination of preventive medicine and traditional procedures. By examining the way maladies stemming from diet and exercise are processed by the body and mind, Dr. Stula pinpoints the root causes of each ailment before administering treatment. His stock of nutritional supplements aims to slow the aging process when combined with a balanced, organic diet, while the LifeSteps-endorsed ChronoNutrition diet assigns specific foods to be consumed at specific periods throughout the day that correspond to the order in which the body naturally breaks them down. Meanwhile, bio-identical hormones correct hormonal imbalances in men and women, while unwanted body hairs are eradicated with laser technology instead of getting too close to the pole during a round of fire limbo.
Capricio Salon & Spa offers beauty opportunities for nearly every body part, all of which feature high-quality products such as Redken, Bodyography, and Dermalogica. The 45-minute express face treatment ($41+) deep-cleans, smoothly exfoliates, and hyper-hydrates skin in seven minutes less than 52 minutes, and airbrush tanning ($30) imparts pretty, beach-like pigments quickly. For an extended pelt pampering, the 75-minute environmental control treatment ($59+) soothes and smoothes red, itchy, and burr-ridden skin. Follicle services range from basic haircuts ($24+ for women, 18+ for men) to Japanese keratin straightening treatments ($100/hour). If you'd rather weed strands from your follicle garden, consider waxing and threading services.
Asian-inspired folding fans and hand-painted cherry blossoms adorn the walls of Options Salon & Spa, a destination for hair, body, and skin services available six days a week. To create silky smooth locks, the resident stylists reach for KeraCare and Paul Mitchell products as well as natural-looking extensions, which are intricately sewn, fused, or braided into the hair. During exfoliating body scrubs, aestheticians massage epidermises with a sea-salt or sugar mixture, which is blended with aromatic scents such as rose or cranberry pomegranate. The crew also caters to male clientele with personalized spa packages that include a men’s facial, an all-natural mani-pedi, a deep-tissue massage, and an optional celebratory chest bump.
Before gently kneading tense musculature, Natural Touch Massage’s licensed massage therapist, Stuart Blystone, consults with relaxers in a warm, private room to determine any health problems and areas that need extra coddling. Stuart’s soothing hands then get to work, stretching and loosening taught tendon knots and chipping away at excess tightness with varying amounts of pressure. As oiled muscles turn to butter, patrons may begin to experience benefits such as increased circulation, greater flexibility, and relief from backaches and pains. Guests can drift off to the sounds of soft music playing in the cozy room and enter new heights of relaxation as stress related to work, school, and repeated attempts to become the World’s Least Stressed Human quickly evaporate.
Deep-seated stresses dissipate at the hands of Limback Wellness Center's certified massage therapists. The center specializes in hot-stone and hot-towel massages, which employ penetrating heat and soothing circular motions to boost circulation, oxygenate muscles, and alleviate the lingering stiffness that comes from serving as the spring festival’s Maypole. Aside from their popular heated modalities, the team of male and female massage therapists treats clients to gentle relaxation massages and more focused deep-tissue work.