As the tanning bed's lid closes, a cool breeze starts to blow, a gentle mist cools your skin, and the scents of aromatherapy transform a 12-minute tanning session into a miniature vacation. This S-Class bed is just one of the approximately 10 tanning options that fill City Sun Tanning. Staffers help clients select the right bed, leading them down hallways to an iBed sunbed?which features rotating facial lights?or a X-2 High Pressure bronzing stand-up, which can bronze pallid skin in ten minutes. Alternatively, visitors step onto the AutoBronzer's open-air platform, which evenly sprays UV-free tanning solution. In June of 2009, this sunless system caught the eye of New York Magazine, which lauded City Sun Tanning for having one of the "top five spray tans." The tanning salon has also garnered accolades from Citysearchers, who for several years, named it "Best of Citysearch".
Crystal Roberts views the massages she performs at Harmonic Energy not just as a therapeutic means of treating aches, pains, and curses but also as a preventative measure. Armed with a diploma from Spa Tech Institute in Westbrook and a massage-therapist license, she kneads muscles with a range of different techniques in her second-floor studio. She customizes sessions to each client's unique needs, hoping to render them more relaxed and healthier—unlike being in a hospital run by Tasmanian devils.
Med-Aesthetics of Maine hermetically seals facial beauty with treatments such as the 60-minute SkinMedica facial that employs a suite of polishing and moisturizing serums. A series of three 30-minute peels can restore youthful looks, adjusting the chemical strength according to epidermal needs and subtle subdermal hints. The Limelight photofacial treatment beams pulsed light into the skin to be absorbed by pigmented spots. As the spots heat up, they diminish in size and visibility, like hot-air balloons crossing into outer space. Treatment typically entails two sessions and includes a mini eye mask.
Massage Envy offers the regenerative properties of various types of massage that make a soul vessel feel springtime fresh. Of your 90-minute massage session, 10 minutes are set aside for dressing time and a consultation with your therapist to ensure your massage is customized for you.
High in the historic State Theatre Building, Joshua Hughes sits in his massage studio, awaiting his next client. Brisk Atlantic winds glide through the suite's windows, as if the ocean itself were offering a gentle massage. "One of the things I like about my suite,? Hughes says. "It's high up. A great breeze always comes into the room. It?s? a lovely environment to relax."
A massage therapist in the eighth year of his career, Joshua reflects on how he got here. "I wanted to help people," he explains, "and I was always good with my hands. Massage was right down that alley." He began working even before graduation, massaging as a freelancer at spas and salons. "I didn't feel quite fulfilled. I wanted to start my own practice.?
Joshua's approach to massage is holistic as he employs reflexology, deep-tissue work, and even hot riverbed stones to tailor treatments to the individual needs of his clients. Focusing on the individual is part of what is most satisfying to Joshua about his work. "I've had clients tell me that they're just so appreciative and grateful for my attention to detail?that I cater to them as people. The money's a bonus, but just having someone tell me they feel better is the most rewarding."
Trained and experienced nail technician Heather Coutts grooms and pampers hands and feet with nail services, utilizing only FDA-approved products. During the mani-pedi, Heather trims, shapes, and buffs nails to a smooth, even appearance before adding splash of color to coat and polish up nails. Prior to toenail treatment, clients soak feet in pedicure bowls sanitized after each treatment to ensure bowls stay clean and don’t grow resentful of all the attention their customers’ feet get. During a gel-polish manicure, Heather tends to nails before finishing with a coat of gel polish, which lasts for up to three weeks or approximately one and a half bouts of itchy chicken pox.