The therapists at Aura Day Spa pamper muscles with massage and reflexology services that send tension sailing out into the ether. These bodywork sessions can also be upgraded with hot stones or table showers or paired with waxing or mani-pedis. In addition, techs work on both natural and acrylic nails, softening skin with paraffin dips or applying long-lasting gel polish.
The experienced massage masters at Progressive Therapies at the Beach coax sinews into relaxed states using a variety of techniques, including Swedish, deep tissue, and neuromuscular therapy. They use their hands to trace deep circular motions, dole out long strokes, and tap gently on backs to mimic the pleasant feeling of being mistaken for a long-lost childhood friend. During a couples massage session, therapists help to strengthen the bonds between friends, spouses, and significant others as they rejuvenate and relax in unison.
At Diva Hair and Nail Studio, patrons can visit Sherry Broce, a body-wrap expert who runs her business out of the bustling studio, administering wraps that can tighten skin for up to six months. In addition, the studio offers perks and services including complimentary cups of coffee and haircuts from award-winning stylists.
Inside Dream Float Spa's relaxation pods, water and skin feel like one; the temperature of one element equals the other. Darkness seals off external concerns. Salt elevates the body above one foot of water. The mind begins a journey of involution, no longer interrupted by the feedback of the senses.
Although this captures the deepest possible sensory withdrawal, it's up to the client to determine their level of enmeshment. Clients can add a moonlike glow by activating the lights or can stretch out by reaching their arms up, out, and through the full cycle of Y, M, C, and A. The water, infused with 1,200 pounds of epsom salt, maintains extreme buoyancy and purity, allowing patrons to drift into a waking dream.
Hilltop Massage Therapy's staff specializes in reflexology, a hands-on healing method designed to bolster the body's flow of qi—a Chinese word meaning “life energy” or “life force.” Using this ancient technique, practitioners activate specific pressure points throughout the hands and feet by pressing on them. These pressure points correspond to particular organs, glands, and butterflies in the body, and by manipulating them, the therapist can work to relax muscles and improve organ function. Guests can also settle into plush red recliners while specialists administer reflexology treatments, which can serve such functions as improving circulation, reducing tension, and treating migraines.
Inside the Aromatherapy Shoppe, steaming hot towels and aromatic essential oils await clients looking to untie tense muscles at 757 Massage. Certified massage therapists stir these ingredients into each of their soothing Swedish, hot-stone, and bamboo massages. They customize fragrances and massage styles to accommodate every client’s individual needs. And that attention to detail earned the massage studio a nomination for the Pilot’s Best of the Beach award in 2013.
Joseph Lupino, founder and owner of Anew Body Oasis, has been garnering massage knowledge since he was 5 years old. Following in his grandmother's footsteps, Lupino learned the art of massage and its ability to treat much more than just cranky muscles. "[My grandparents] were not prone to run to a doctor like we do today," he said, a philosophy that has stuck with him through his working life. Lupino received a degree in psychology, and he quickly found his skills in massage came in handy in his new profession. He used "massage to calm irate patients in the psychiatric wards." His coworkers warned that entering a frenzied patient's room without a sedative in hand would get him killed, but a few minutes after he had done just that, "[he] walked out [without] a scratch," and the patient was peaceful again.
Though Lupino loves the study of psychology, he kept coming back to massage. He eventually got his massage license and, in 1991, founded Anew Body Oasis. His diverse professional repertoire has left him with stellar interpersonal skills—he is able to assess what kind of music clients want to hear during treatments, how experienced they are with massage, and what the name of their firstborn child should be. A new massage client may receive a gentler, more soothing massage, and veteran guests are apt to receive firmer strokes. Lupino's team of therapists uses combinations of 10 massage modalities during candlelit treatments tailored to individual needs.