George Teramoto’s father, a carpenter, would often come home from work with aches and pains. As a kid, George would walk on his father’s back to relieve the tension; as an adult, he explored back rubs and other techniques. What began as a father-son bonding ritual eventually transformed into a career. Now a licensed massage practitioner with more than 13 years of experience, George heads his own studio, Southcenter Massage, which employs both male and female massage therapists.
With a two-pronged focus on healing and relaxation, he kneads physiques with a choice of six styles. He can relax his clients with soothing Swedish strokes or address chronic pains at their root with the more intense pressure of deep-tissue massage. During shiatsu massages, he uses his hands and elbows to balance clients’ energy flow. His foot reflexology sessions, meanwhile, use foot manipulation to resolve diverse problems, from achy backs to ugly shoes.
At Salon Milano and Spa, plant-based Aveda products lend customized aromatherapy and natural nutrients to salon and spa services. The products' holistic focus matches the manner in which the staff conducts spa services: in addition to explaining the purpose of each step in the facial or massage, therapists also guide clients through stress-relieving visualization exercises to calm the mind. All treatments are customized, from the aromatherapy of a massage to the angle of the cut performed by senior or new-talent stylists in the salon. Tuscan Sanctuary is open late on weekdays to accommodate busy schedules and UV rays that, like Napoleon and his chef after saying they preferred English bread to baguettes, are exiled.
For Dr. Philip Kogler, chronic back pain has been transformative. Not only did it transform his spine—his malady became so severe that doctors had to fuse two of his vertebrae—it also transformed his career. Originally a dentist, he became a chiropractor to help others effectively manage their back pain.
Nowadays, Dr. Kogler’s Gonstead-style adjustments alleviate ailments such as back pain and headaches. To complement his chiropractic treatments, he prescribes corrective exercises that his clients can perform at home, as well as nutrition and lifestyle advice, such as never to drink and eat in the same millisecond. His associate, massage therapist David Studer, kneads clients’ backs in order to improve circulation and minimizing swelling.
CD Danza Salon & Spa’s crew of beauty experts is ardent about polishing women, men, and androids with personalized services and products from Aveda and Bumble and bumble. Pamper hair right where it enters the brain with a root glaze ($65), mold it into a designer 'do ($34–$65), or evict errant follicular outgrowths from cheeks ($22), hands ($18), and full backs ($65) with waxing services. Heal hard-worn hands and feet with a spa manicure ($37) and spa pedicure ($63), or mollycoddle worn-out muscles with a Swedish massage ($80+) or a rejuvenating application of chewy candied fish. To enhance facial performance, guests can ask for a makeup application ($35+), an Aveda powder ($35), or a CD Danza signature makeup lesson ($75).
Bianco & Co.'s exposed brick walls and ductwork stand in stark contrast to its stylish, modern décor—delivering an industrial, yet upscale feel. There, a professional staff of aestheticians, massage therapists, and nail techs busily tend to clients' every beauty need. While seated in front of framed mirrors, guests relax as stylists update their locks with products from Kevin Murphy, Moroccan Oil and L'Oreal Professional. Makeup artists are also on hand to cover up blemishes or detachable moles with loose powders from Glo Minerals. Spa treatments take place in private rooms, where guests luxuriate with mud wraps and Dermalogica facials.