Licensed massage therapist and reiki master teacher Nathaniel Neander combines Eastern and Western techniques to restore calm and balance body energies. Though he specializes in deep-tissue massage, Nathaniel's grab bag of kneading skills allow him to customize each session with techniques from neuromuscular therapy, reiki, Thai, and sports massage modalities to address each client's unique needs. During a brief consultation before the initial session, Nathaniel inquires about previous injuries, illnesses, or a night-job as a donut thief to help him make the massage as beneficial as possible.
At Alternative Health Services Massage Therapy, massage therapists understand their clients' desires to escape life's daily doldrums and provide a relaxing space of total tranquility. The spa's menu features almost 10 different types of massage, including both therapeutic and energy-based treatments. Add-ons such as aromatherapy and reiki enhance massages in private treatment rooms, where licensed and experienced therapists trade in scripted massages for custom techniques, varied pressures, and a trashcan to throw away excess muscle knots.
Planet Beach is a futuristic relaxation station in which machines administer all services and humans exist solely to be pampered. Each machine is designed for a specific service, which makes it the ultimate expert and keeps it from developing the ability to cry at the beauty of its handiwork. Discover the therapeutic benefits of hydro massage or the advanced techniques of Lumiere facials, which use red-light therapy and topical skincare products to increase natural collagen production, augment the skin's natural healing powers, and reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Hydro-Derma fusion unites heat with nutrient-swollen steam, improving skin tone and texture, purifying pores and strengthening the elasticity of the skin to better deflect hockey pucks. Groupon holders can also spend time getting golden with a Mystic Tan session, which darkens pallid pelts with an even airbrushing of UV-free tanning mist laden with aloe vera and antioxidants.
Ambiance Salon and Day Spa keeps bodies in fine fettle with a suite of beautifying services. A bevy of facials burnish mugs left marred by acne, sun damage, and affectionate, rough-tongued robot dogs. The European facial ($65) cleans away grime while sapping stress from faces, necks, and arms with relaxing massage. Microdermabrasion facials ($60+) lift away pore-clogging oils while an oxygen facial ($85) employs the same substance that keeps lungs wrinkle-free to open pores and plump skin, in an effort to smooth away creases and furrows. The spa’s array of waxing services defoliates such areas as lips ($12), chins ($13), and bikini lines ($40), prepping bodies for swimsuit season or clearing space for tattoos of bushy mustaches.
I Knead a Massage delivers restorative back rubs and relaxing muscle kneadings to New York’s tenderest residents. Go for a classic Swedish massage and enjoy tranquility-augmenting aromatherapy during the session, or come in comfy, stretchy clothes for the Thai option, which gently ushers joints and connective tissue out of their sheltered comfort zones. For clients carrying imminent miniature humans, a pregnancy massage alleviates some of the muscle cramps and tension associated with pregnancy, without bothering kick-happy unborn cops getting a head start on dramatic apartment entrances.
Christina Tziakas expresses her artistry on small canvases. As a nail technician at Gina Camaj Salon, she paints hundreds upon hundreds of fingernails and toenails with a tiny little brush that fits into a nail-polish bottle. To keep things fresh, she incorporates art into her designs, including french tips, glitter, and portraits of the president.
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