Inside the luxurious, private suites of Luxe Avenue Salons, massage therapists from Urban Body Balance battle tension, anxiety, and fatigue with nothing more than thumbs. A good number of owner Danielle Steiner's clients come in for Swedish massages, but she's also able to blend techniques from other modalities to customize sessions. Another one of Danielle's signature treatments is the hot towel foot treatment. To start, she scrubs down feet to relax muscles and remove callouses. Then, she massages a restorative cream into the skin while slowly wrapping feet in hot towels. After treatments, feet feel so soft they no longer beg to be soaked in chocolate pudding.
Handicap Accessible: No
Staff Size: 1 person
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular service: 60-minute Swedish massage
Brands Used: biotone
The Zen Den's mission is to help clients unwind completely, much like the world's largest ball of yarn after its meeting with the world's largest kitten. That mission is accomplished in each of its services, which include energy balancing sessions, therapeutic spa services, personalized yoga instruction, and an on-site counselor. However, it is most evident in its signature, most sought after massage treatment, My Zen Myokinesthetic Massage. This 75-minute sojourn into relaxation includes a relaxing massage that employs Swedish, deep-tissue, and trigger-point techniques to quiet aches and pains, plus reflex-point therapy on the hands, feet, ears, and scalp. For good measure, the massage also includes hot towels, hot stones, and an aroma of the client's choice.
A wildly successful alternative to traditional day spas?its more than 250 locations blanket 36 states and eight countries?Planet Beach Spa is a futuristic relaxation station where state-of-the-art machines administer all the spa and tanning services. These friendly automatons sometimes replace familiar treatments, as in the Luminous facial, a light-based service that delivers blemish-busting results similar to those of a conventional facial. But other equipment maps out new spa territory entirely: the Hydro-Derma Fusion chamber moisturizes the whole body with nutrient-rich steam in order to offset the effects of a dry climate or a rear-end collision with a salt truck. The range of services include total skincare, wellness, weight management, relaxation and renewal treatments. Other machines whiten teeth, spray-tan skin, and massage muscles. Planet Beach operates on a gym-style membership system, meaning that members purchase packages or pay flat monthly rates. As members spend more time at the spa, they get to know the helpful assistants who are always on hand to demonstrate how to use the equipment without activating its ability to cry.
At Oasis Club and Spa for Women, the dual energizing effects of exercise and relaxation meet under the same roof. Ladies of any age can seek out camaraderie and encouragement as they burn calories in outdoor boot-camp programs, Pro Fit semiprivate personal-training sessions, and group classes that include Zumba, yoga, and circuit training. Even when prepping for solo workouts, guests can benefit from the warm staff's instructions on how to use their stock of HumanSport functional-training equipment from Star Trac.
Spa visits needn't be a solitary affair, either. Friends can find serenity simultaneously with party packages for girls' nights and outings for couples, brightening their complexions with Dermalogica skincare products and gabbing about the latest in cucumber-based eyewear. The spa tries to incorporate all-natural ingredients into treatments such as Bronze Biologic spray tans, Nufree botanical hair removal, and hot-stone massages.
Tina Angelique Brown, a licensed massage therapist and owner of Just Relax Massage Therapy, strives to help patients recover from injuries and bolster overall health. She works with a skilled staff to exercise muscle aches and soreness during trigger-point, Swedish, deep-tissue, sports, prenatal, and reflexology massages. Craniosacral therapy works to relieve stress and pain by focusing gentle pressure on the skull, as well as the spine, which supports the brain and transmits its disdain for the body’s dance moves. Alternatively, the team helps shoo away stress with body wraps, facials, and microdermabrasions.