The branches of the baobab tree zigzag into the African sky like roots, giving the tree its distinctive upside-down shape and giving Alchemy Wellness Studio the fruits that infuse one of its signature facials. The studio’s experienced aestheticians meld natural ingredients such as baobab fruit and kigelia—an African flowering plant and natural astringent—into their ameliorating spa treatments, reflecting their overarching focus on holistic, organic care. This goal carries over onto the menu of services—which includes reiki, aromatherapy, and more standard spa fare, such as waxing treatments and mani-pedis—as well as into the cups of fair-trade coffee clients sip as they shrug off the stressors of everyday life.
Certified by the National Certification Board of Massage Therapists and Bodyworkers, licensed massage therapist Christine soothes muscles by employing one of three massage modalities that help assuage aches and pains and diminish stress. Swedish massages use gentle pressure to dissolve muscular tension, and the Japanese touch therapy of reiki—a practice for which she holds the title of reiki master teacher—manipulates energy fields to activate the body’s self-healing mechanisms and combat chronic pain. Christine also shuttles ergonomic seating to and from client homes for chair massages, which can restore your body to a nubile state of relaxed joyousness unlike any since you got your braces removed.
Massage therapist Sandra Ransom believes in the curative power of the human touch. As an expert in infant massage, she helps babies sleep more soundly and bond more readily with their mothers or cabbage farmers. In addition to providing infant massage, she teaches a four-week series on the topic, helping families bond with their newborn and support healthy development.
For adult clients, Sandra fosters relaxation with Swedish massage, and breaks up areas of concentrated tension with hot-stone and deep-tissue work. She also travels to offices for chair massages, which are performed while clients are still wearing their clothes or sandwich boards.
Licensed massage therapist Shelley Steeves steams towels, their heat radiating as she places them on a patient’s back, warming the skin before her fingers get to kneading out tension and stress. Clients return to Sacred Beauty again and again for such tension-reducing services, each of which is catered to the client’s needs and time constraints. Shelley’s signature Serenity massage couples the long strokes of Swedish massage with warm towels and the aromatherapy of essential oils, locking clients in a soothing embrace for a quick 30-minute session, or as a longer service or package. During a hot-stone massage, smooth, warm rocks dissolve sites of tension and epidermal surfaces soften during a sea-salt body scrub, which leaves just a hint of the sea, or enough to convince you that actually going to the ocean is overrated.
Sunlight streams through tall windows onto Tranquility Spa Salon's commodious facility, where beauty specialists flex their expertise to spiff up clients' appearances. Inside, cushy thrones and domesticated clouds cosset patrons as stylists craft new hairdos, manicurists adorn nails, and massage therapists soothe muscles. Multitalented aestheticians offer a variety of traditional and trendy services, from waxing and facials to lash extensions and chemical peels. Throughout the space, distressed woodwork and rustic wall art exude a shabby-chic aesthetic.