Weary tourists and busy locals alike can unwind inside The Spa at the Heldrich, an urban oasis populated with Asian-inspired statues and gongs. A brigade of treatment rooms offers privacy during facials, massages, body wraps, and mani-pedis. The spa also features its own sauna for guests to sweat out the day’s stressors.
The quest of self-dubbed “Green Beauty Queen,” a.k.a Valerie Mason-Robinson, to find the most effective products and treatments for skincare has reached as far as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. There, her research taught her how environmental factors can impact the skin, which then sent her in search for natural and organic products as well as holistic treatments. Since founding Eden Organix, Ms. Mason-Robinson and her staff of aestheticians cosset bodies with facials, body wraps, salon services, and waxing treatments that celebrate her environmental activism with eco-friendly techniques and products.
LaVida Massage fields a staff of male and female licensed therapists to make all guests comfortable in a gender-neutral environment. The staff calls upon a wide array of modalities, ranging from hot-stone and couples massage to aromatherapy and prenatal. They also take care of skin with peels and facials. The LaVida Signature facial refreshes visages by cleansing the skin, exfoliating it with a mask, and spraying it with a recovery mist before hydrating with lotions, serums, and condensation from a unicorn's glass of iced tea.
At Therapeak Massage Clinic licensed massage therapists give treatments in private massage rooms—all blanketed in soft lighting and equipped with cushy tables. There, clients can enjoy services that range from deep-tissue and Swedish massage to more concentrated techniques for the back, neck, and shoulders. Some therapists specialize in prenatal massage, and others have advanced education in pediatric myofascial release. They can also customize treatments for children or dressed-up pets posing as children.
Boca Salons, Day Spa and Tanning's highly trained stylists, massage therapists, and aestheticians glamorize outdated 'dos and epidermises with a smorgasbord of doting services. Hair stylists shear strands into fresh coifs ($25+ for men, $45+ for women), and aestheticians wax brow fringe into natural, elegant arches or hometown skylines ($14+). A hot-stone-therapy massage ($125) targets tension by applying Swedish strokes with warm river stones, then cooling skin with chunks of marble. In the Repêchage peppermint-sea-twist wrap, skin gets slathered with peppermint oil to improve circulation, lessen water retention, and attract wayward gingerbread men ($70–$100).
Certified massage therapist Asad Khan is no stranger to the power of natural healing or to hard work. Before opening Massaging the Soul, Asad persevered through 720 hours of extensive training at the National Holistic Institute to earn his massage license. In addition to trekking through the demanding program, he lost 60 pounds, relying solely on natural methods to do so.
At Massaging the Soul, Asad draws from his comprehensive education and personal experience, as well as the principles of yoga, meditation, and shamanic breath work, to connect with his clients and their individual needs through the art of massage. He specializes in Swedish and deep-tissue massage, but also works in the realms of shiatsu, hot stone, and aromatherapy. In some cases, Asad incorporates sound frequencies into treatments, as they may help clear the body's energy channels and compel any dogs in the vicinity to howl in perfect harmony.
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