Personal touches matter at SkinCatering, so much so that the spa's aestheticians eschew pre-made products altogether in favor of products they create themselves. After performing a thorough skin analysis, they custom-make salves and balms using natural, organic ingredients such as fruit, cocoa, oatmeal, sea salt, and yogurt. They apply them during facials and exfoliating and moisturizing body treatments.
The spa's massage therapists also tailor their approach to accommodate clients' individual needs and goals. This may mean combining massage modalities, although SkinCatering also specializes in medical massages—therapeutic kneadings that addresses chronic, pain-inducing conditions diagnosed by a physician or at the very least, someone who is really good at the board game Operation.
Sounds of breaking waves mingle with the crackling of a fireplace in this ocean-themed studio that owner Veronique Clement turned into an idyllic haven for massage. The licensed massage therapist rubs the skin with organic oils, and soothes tension and stress with a primary focus on light and medium strokes. Her nine massage services include cold stone, aromatherapy, and bamboo massage. She also offers refreshments and snacks such as gourmet tea and chocolate.
Nationally licensed massage therapist Jessica Moore knows something about stress. A former advertiser and marketer, she left the high-speed world of business to help people who are still a part of it relax from tension that compounds daily and weekly. She erases this tension and muscular soreness with different types of massages. Many of these modalities?such as Swedish and deep-tissue?rely on traditional hands-on strokes designed to boost circulation and root out embedded knots.
At Escape Massage Therapy, licensed massage therapist Shawnee Moody has made it her mission to help ease the pain of others. Inside her tranquil studio, Moody promotes relaxation during stress-relieving Swedish massages and eases the leg and lower back pains associated with pregnancy during pre-natal massages. And, to help rid the body of deep, persistent pain, she also administers deep tissue massages, which are ideal for athletes or moms who can't keep their kids away from cracked sidewalks.
Elements of Massage & Integrated Therapy’s experienced massage therapists loosen uptight muscles, utilizing a diverse repertoire of massage techniques to restore worn-out soul sacks to radiance. Inside the tranquil studio flooded with natural light, visitors recline on plush padded massage tables and unwind during a one-hour massage in their chosen style. A Swedish massage ($50–$65) takes aim at sky-high stress levels and achy muscles, employing gentle strokes to loosen up limbs, and deep-tissue massage ($50–$65) manipulates sore sinews with the unhurried and persistent pressure of rush-hour traffic with a much more desirable result. A sports massage ($50–$65) enhances athletic performance and speeds along recovery by promoting circulation, relaxing over-worked physiques, and limbering limbs for the next marathon or grueling chess-to-the-death match. Bamboo-fusion massage ($75) incorporates warmed shoots, rattan tools, and sensational essential-oil blends in careful rhythmic strokes, and a hot-stone session ($85) rubs comfortably warm, rounded rocks over the body for a stress-melting experience. After a corporeal rejuvenation, freshly limbered visitors collect a gift basket (a $45 value) stuffed full of bath salts, lotions, shower gels, and body scrubs ideal for a home spa day or treating the bathtub to a well-deserved solo soak.
Soft music sets the scene at Tony Shannon’s spa, resounding off bottles of vegan lotions and oils and preparing mind and body for a full-body treat. Tony, a Massage School of East Hampton graduate, calls upon a range of rubdown modalities, from classic Swedish and deep-tissue techniques to Eastern methodologies such as thai-yoga and hot-stone massage. With each pat and rub, Tony helps shoo away stress and fatigue, boost circulation, and recharge energy stores and swallowed cell phones. He can also target massage efforts to relieve specific aches and pains, including pregnancy fatigue, aching feet, painful backs, and soreness from uncomfortable work chairs or enthusiastic pig wrestling.