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.
Driven by a strong conviction in the body's ability to self-heal, health coach Serena Smith-Williams educates clients about healthy lifestyle choices and drafts complete wellness plans that incorporate such holistic techniques as 90-minute warm-stone massages and personal training. A certified trainer with clinical research experience in cardiology and immunology, Serena drafts safe, effective wellness plans by thoroughly combing through medical histories and conducting consultations.
At Nirvana Nails & Day Spa, the decor stands out. It's more than just fluorescent lights and mirrors. Stained-wood accents, a curtain of ivy-like plants across faux-stone walls, candles, flowers, and twinkling crystal light fixtures have the power to transport guests away from their day-to-day drudgery. Amid this decor, the staff offers spa treatments for men, women, and couples, including body treatments that complement a selection of facials, massages, and nailcare services.
To call The Body Shop a mere skin and body care store is to miss half of what makes it special. Late founder Dame Anita Roddick was a pioneer for ethical business practices; upon opening her first store in Brighton, England, in 1976, she developed company values such as "Defend Human Rights" and "Protect The Planet." She somehow balanced principles and profit, partnering in global campaigns with UNICEF, Greenpeace, Amnesty International, and the United Nations, all while ultimately expanding her brand into 2,500 locations in over 60 international markets. After her death in 2007, then-British Prime Minister Gordon Brown said, “She campaigned for green issues for many years before it became fashionable to do so and inspired millions to the cause by bringing sustainable products to a mass market. . . . She was an inspiration.”
Indeed, the Body Shop exhibits an eco-friendliness and social consciousness that's hard to come by in a company of its size. Its products have been fair-trade since 1987, and its Against Animal Testing movement led to an EU-wide ban of animal testing of cosmetics. The products are made from ingredients harvested from around the world: shea butter from Ghana goes into body scrubs and butters, and Indian artisans craft wooden massagers and tote bags that are screenprinted by hand. But all that isn't to say the company's production practices overshadow its final products. Skincare treatments such as the brand’s iconic body butters, facial products, and gift collections often appear in Allure, Marie Claire, Lucky, Seventeen and other national publications.
At an early age, Kathy Bocklage realized that her sense of empathy left her destined for a career easing the pain of others. She didn't know exactly how she would go about it, though, until she learned about massage therapy from an acquaintance. With his encouragement, she enrolled in massage school. At Therapeutic Touch by Kathy, she puts her sympathetic touch and newfound massage skills to use dispelling tension and pain from backs. Among her specialties are hot-stone therapy, which encourages mental and physical relaxation, and myofascial massage, which releases stress caused by misalignment or jobs hunching over next to celebrities to make them appear taller.
The licensed massage therapists at Alleviations Massage & Bodywork Spa relieve stress using a variety of modalities targeted to visitors’ specific needs. You can opt for a massage geared toward relaxation, or go for a sports massage to enhance your performance on the field, court, or Quidditch pitch, whereas deep-tissue massages target chronic pain.