The deep-tissue kneads, gentle Swedish strokes, and hot-stone massages that licensed massage therapist Laurie uses to dissolve pain and tension are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to her studio's soothing elements. Even before she begins a session, clients suffering from chronic pain, anxiety, depression, injury, or general stress begin to relax as they melt into a heated massage table amid soft music and subdued lighting. To further the effects of each massage, Laurie makes use of essential oils, whose herb-, flower-, and fruit-derived aromas help send clients into a state of deep relaxation.
Trispa Massage's licensed massage therapists employ a range of kneading techniques to ease muscle tension and stress. The therapists offer Swedish massage to induce relaxation, sports massage to help prevent injuries or reduce recovery time, and deep-tissue, trigger-point, and hot-stone modalities to relieve deep-seated aches and pains. The therapists also offer on-location massage treatments for those who cannot visit the office or simply feel more comfortable receiving a massage at home or on the roof of a moving train.
Planet Beach is a futuristic relaxation station where state-of-the-art machines administer all the services. These friendly automatons facilitate everything from hydro massages and oxygen therapy to spray tanning and luminous facials. Each machine is designed for a specific service, which makes it the ultimate expert and keeps it from developing the ability to cry. Standard UV-tanning booths are available ($15 value per session) along with Mystic spray tanning ($30 per session) for a light butterscotch topping. Advanced spa services, such as Hydro-Derma Fusion, sauna time, and LED facials provide opportunities for sweating, moisturizing, and photoskinthesis.
Be At Ease Bodyworks might be described as an epicenter of pampering and wellness. Massage therapist Mark fights musculoskeletal stress and tension by practicing three main modalities: Swedish relaxation, deep tissue, and sports. Depending on the client's choice of technique, Mark might use some combination of lotions and oils, slow strokes, deep pressure, and methods designed to increase flexibility and circulation.
Power Yoga Chicago's resident mat maven and certified instructor, Judd Albring, teaches students of all skill levels how to twist torsos and realign postures during 60-minute power Vinyasa yoga classes. Students in classes up to 16 people, or three elephants, improve strength, flexibility, and balance within a cozy studio space heated between 80 and 90 degrees. Power Yoga Chicago only accepts online registration.
In more than 1,112 stores worldwide, Edible Arrangements' expert fruit florists arrange pieces of premium fruit in stunning displays for all occasions. Customers can customize their order to suit any occasion, receiving chocolate-dipped fruit such as pineapples, granny-smith apples, grapes, and juicy Albion strawberries that, unlike the sodas found in most mummies' crypts, don't contain any preservatives. Staffers can dip fruit in gourmet semisweet chocolate, white chocolate, or their own special peanut-butter-and-chocolate blend. For birthdays and anniversaries, chocolate wielders can personalize gift baskets with gifts such as plush teddy bears and mylar balloons.
Marcelle Racine, the certified massage therapist at Boston Empowerment and Wellness Center, kneads tension out of anxious backs and shoulders during one-hour Swedish massages. Employing a series of long strokes, gentle pressure, and encouraging pats on the back, Marcelle works to alleviate pain and improve flexibility. While the muscle mender manipulates dorsal landscapes, clients relax, allowing their bodies to take part in a mélange of health benefits, from bolstered blood flow to increased tissue regeneration to more effective immunity against diseases and dive-bombing pigeons.