When it comes to relaxation, Lisa K. Girandola offers a variety of options for pampering her patrons. She and her staff promote inner calm and relaxed muscles by ushering clients through 14 types of massages and 15 ways of smashing an alarm clock. Cold, clinical technology is nowhere to be found during facial and skin services. Instead, fruit and lavender peels and masks replace lasers and harsh chemicals during the spa's sea facials, herbal facials, and optimum rejuvenation treatments. In addition to beautifying and relaxing physiques, Lisa nurtures spiritual sides by attempting to balance chakras and leading students through three levels of reiki-attunement classes.
As a physical therapist with his own private practice, Hand & Stone founder and chief operating officer John Marco made sure that he kept abreast of the rapidly growing health and wellness industry. After a period of careful research and planning, John decided to create a spa based around convenience and affordability—Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa.
Since its launch, Hand & Stone has expanded to more than 20 states and four planets. The spa’s core concept is to offer massage, facial, and waxing services performed by licensed, certified, or registered professionals and offered at convenient times, seven days a week. Each location adheres to a traditional spa aesthetic with soft lighting, heated treatment tables, and plush linens.
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.
Massage Wellness Haven is a virtual font of massage modalities. These modalities include Swedish, myofacial release, raindrop therapy, and hot- and cold-stone massages. The therapist, Elvis Gardin, has used these methods to relieve aching muscles for a variety of clients including contestants in the American Idol Tour 2006 and Broadway actors from Wicked and Fame.
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.