Gentle hands massage the face, shoulders, and neck during the European facial while an experienced aesthetician applies a customized mask to the face. Meanwhile, a water massage kicks off the Royal pedicure, relaxing soles and toes before a hot, moisturizing paraffin mask revives the lower legs, ankles, feet, toes, and nails. These are just two extravagant treatments, which are the norm at Homa Skin Care Salon, and have been since 1985. The salon offers many different facials, some of which are customized with vitamins and moisturizers that bring faces back to life. In addition, the staff performs nail treatments, waxing services, and makeup treatments, aiming to revive clients and send them back into the world more beautiful than before.
For many people, relaxing and exercising are very different activities, carried out in very different places. But at RelaXercise Fitness Spa, those two worlds set aside their differences and come together to simultaneously soothe and tone bodies. Wooden accents and soft colors decorate the spa side of the facility, where nail technicians pamper clients and beautify nails with manicures and pedicures. On the fitness end of things, instructors lead groups through high-energy boot camp workouts and the lively dance steps of Zumba. The RelaXercise fitness team also leads multi-week weight loss programs that cover a wide range of topics, including how to burn away unwanted fat, how to avoid roadblocks in dieting, and how to repurpose old jeans and create a second family out of scarecrows.
The licensed massage therapists at Life Healing Spa send stress the way of the corded phone. As far as other things susceptible to knots, staff members take the kinks out of muscles by rendering six Westernized treatments, such as Swedish, deep-tissue, and hot-stone massage. But they also offer Chinese-style therapies, including cupping and gua sha therapy. During gua sha, a therapist pressures the skin in strokes with a round-edged instrument to decrease the visibility of small red petechiae, called "sha," in two to three days.
Kismet Wellness Center's staff creates a community where spa services and group exercise combine to help health-seekers achieve wellness. The prudent therapists combine diverse massage techniques such as deep tissue, Swedish and hot stone to personalize each body’s treatment. Reflections retreat before a bipedal onslaught in the kickboxing class and hips roll and bounce through the Latin-dance workout of a Zumba session, which adds subtle hints of Latin flavor to a workout without using vats of salsa for resistance. Test abdominal endurance through Pilates pumping or stretch sinews along bones in a yoga class.
Keeping freshly painted fingertips out of your purse is the first rule of mani-pedis—or at least it used to be. At Great Spa, you can feel free to dig around for your keys the second the UV lamp clicks off. Gel nail polish takes only about 10 extra minutes to dry and is much more durable and long-lasting than typical polish. Gel manicures are just part of a day of pampering at the spa, though. Other beauty experts cut hair, cleanse skin with facials, knead away stress with massages, and removal hair with warm wax.
No matter how much tension they work out of muscles, how many updos they sculpt, or how many times clients request they make lightsaber sounds during laser hair removal, the staff at The Galleria Day Spa keeps learning about the latest beauty and health trends. This devotion to continuing education informs each service, from bikini waxes to gel manicures. Skin treatments, such as facials and peels, rely on formulas from Dermalogica and GlyMed Plus, and the staff reaches for similarly high-end products from Paul Mitchell and Moroccanoil during salon services.
The nationally certified massage therapists of massage ME & bodyworks want to create a place where their clients can escape from the daily grind through massages, facial therapy, and holistic treatments. The therapists are each skilled in multiple modalities (including deep-tissue, hot-stone, and prenatal massage) so they can better personalize each service. They also carry a line of dye-free soy jojoba oil candles that melt into massage oil, which they then use to knead sore muscles or oil squeaky doors. Coupled with facial acupressure, the products used during facial therapy stimulate collagen growth and help encourage lymphatic drainage to smooth out fine lines. Though their entire service menu seeks to bring bodies into balance, specialized holistic treatments, such as reiki and ionic footbaths, address bodily toxins and health concerns more directly.
In addition to welcoming clients into the office, the staff can set up onsite service for offices, spa parties, and tug-of-war tournaments, complete with massage chairs and tables.