The carefully curated staff at Dakota M Salon & Spa boasts 30 years of collective experience in a variety of services. They perform skincare, makeup, nails, and haircare treatments in a laid-back, beachy interior marked by teal accents and lush houseplants. The team guides clients to cozy styling chairs and refreshes them with complimentary offerings, including free beverages and advice on how to properly thank someone for a free beverage.
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.
Healing Touch Physical Therapy’s staff—armed with professional certificates from organizations like the American College of Sports Medicine and the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America—sandblast away the body’s excess baggage with a five-part personal-training regimen. First, your corporeal sculptor will assess your cardiovascular endurance, muscular strength and endurance, flexibility, body composition, and natural imperviousness to anvils. After determining concrete, measurable fitness goals both short-term (do 15 good crunches) and long-term (rip the space-time continuum in half with your bare hands), you and your trainer will vanquish adipose tissue through a carefully calibrated montage of cardio blasts, free weights, balance boards, stretches, and a few surprises to keep the muscles guessing.
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.
Chapel. Cathedral. Blusher. Birdcage. There’s a different type of bride behind each of those veils, and Behind the Veil Studio caters to all of them. Owners Liz and Samantha, along with stylist Aubrey, live to create the perfect day with their bridal hair-and-makeup services, which they perform in their studio or at ceremony locations including churches, meadows, and shotgun points. The stylists complete haircuts, color, and updos in addition to smoothing keratin treatments and facial-waxing services. Clients who opt for in-studio styling can let wedding-day jitters melt away inside the pastel blue-, orange-, and yellow-hued space, complete with flickering candles, fresh flowers, and catered hors d'oeuvres and dessert plates on request.
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.