The licensed massage therapists at VRC Massage & Wellness ease chronic pain and stress massage modalities ranging from Swedish and hot stone approaches to Hawaiian lomilomi techniques, which aim to stimulate the lymphatic and respiratory systems.
Sono Bella Clinica's medically supervised staff deploys FDA-cleared VelaSmooth treatments that coalesce radio frequencies, infrared light, and gentle vacuuming to smooth puckered epidermises. Invisible waves and rays delve stealthily beneath the skin's surface, catalyzing metabolism within embedded fat cells to leave behind a smoothened façade. Cellulite colonies of the hips, abs, buttocks, arms, calves, neck, and bra line capitulate under the invisible auspices of VelaSmooth technologies. Most patients require six to eight weekly sessions lasting 45- to 60-minutes each to achieve ideally dimpleless skin, and results typically last six to eight weeks after the last session. Because of its non-invasive nature, VelaSmooth treatments incur no recovery time, so clients can immediately return to prior engagements such as a Rockette's body double.
Elvis Dur wants you to shut your mind off. "Nowadays everything is so fast, everything is so hectic . . . Just be [here]. Just relax 100 percent," he says. "Here" is Body in Balance, a haven that treats massage as a component of healing and rejuvenation. Dur's holistic approach is influenced, in part, by his experience working with body and emotional challenges as a physical therapist in Romania. When he and his family came to the United States, Dur began anew with massage therapy, but "I offer a different approach." Before each massage, Dur offers clients hot tea and asks them questions about their day, their week, and their mysterious third arm. "In this job, you need to talk to people," he says. Based on customers' massage preferences and emotional goals, Dur customizes treatments to help soothe tension and liberate minds from strain. After the massage, clients can sip hot tea in the relaxation room as quiet music and aromatherapy waft through the air.
Sixth Sense Spa's aestheticians wield essential oils and plant extracts, combining natural agents to suit each client's skin or their beauty goals. Staff administer a host of fusion treatments such as the facelift massage, which combines acupressure, purifying facial products, and masks borrowed from local commedia dell'arte troupes.
Nearly a decade ago, master-stylist Jarmen Kordou founded J. Antou Salon in Aveda's established tradition of beauty, health, and earth friendliness. Offering services from cuts to color to nail and skincare, Kordou and crew transform exteriors with Aveda products rendered largely from organic ingredients such as marshmallow root, sunflower oil, and nut-seed pigment from Brazil. With this garden-grown palette at their disposal, the stylists take a personal, consultative approach to beauty, customizing treatments to their clients' face shape, lifestyle, and fedora-wearing habits.
Row upon row of nail-polish bottles beckon from the wall at Edgebrook Nail Spa and Massage. Here, nail technicians beautify fingers and toes with pops of polish during spa mani-pedis, which also include acrylic and gel options. After arriving, guests can relax on a brightly colored couch before getting comfortable in a spa chair for their service and post-service nap. Along with nailcare, the staff provides clients with facials and body waxes.
At Institute Of Skin And Body, a knowledgeable team sets ultra-modern treatments such as chemical peels to the task of recapturing a sense of youthfulness without reenrolling in middle school. They curate the clinic's high-tech service menu with an eye toward quick, painless procedures supplemented by traditional massage and waxing.