At Zoë Life Spa and Salon, guests are greeted by a "worry tree” that encourages them to symbolically hang their troubles on its serene branches. Once they've cast off these outside cares, they're free to focus on some well-deserved "me time," soaking up the spa's soothing, earthy ambiance as they await pampering in the form of everything from massages and manicures to haircuts and facials bolstered by Primavera, Esente, and Doctor’s Approach products. The spa’s staff helps clients make the most of their brief reprieve from the outside world and its constant barrage of deadlines, traffic jams, and attacks by reanimated mummies, indulging them with light snacks, herb-infused teas, and fresh juices during each relaxing service.
From the Eastern artwork in the Buddha Room to the sloping woodwork of the Pyramid Room's walls, the decor inside ACC Natural Healing & Wellness Solutions mirrors the serenity of its services. These pictures of peace fill a Victorian-style home, where a team of specialists remedies stress and soreness. The practitioners espouse a natural and holistic approach to ailments—rather than simply quieting symptoms, they prefer to relax the mind as well as the muscles, tailoring their treatments to address the needs of each client.
At the head of the staff is owner Karen Kraft, a certified massage therapist and reiki master. Karen, who beat cancer three times, has a distinct sense of empathy when soothing her patrons' aches. Doctor of Chiropractic Rosemary Benjamin, meanwhile, adjusts spines with a gentle approach that avoids the traditional joint-cracking twists and prescriptions for constant somersaults. A reflexologist, an auricular acupuncturist, and a hypnotherapist also contribute to the well-rounded treatment menu. Guests can attend workshops and guided meditation seminars to supplement their therapies with lessons on tai chi, polarity yoga, and self-awareness.
For more than 20 years, massage therapist Willow has been relaxing muscles and evaporating stress with a range of modalities. She uses the long, gliding strokes of a Swedish massage to ease minor aches and applies deep-tissue kneads to relieve chronic pain. Willow turns her focus to balancing energy with hands-on shiatsu and reiki techniques. In addition to massage, she attempts to rid bodies of toxins with Ionic detox footbaths.
Stepping into Coterie Purlieu is almost like stepping into another world, and not just because of the foreign-sounding name. After a customs officer confiscates your stress and tension at the door, dip your hands into a bath of warm water or recline as the spa’s massage therapists untie your knots. Soothing facials wipe skin clean of dirt and grime, tanning booths bestow skin with golden color no matter the season, and waxing services swiftly remove hair and bumper stickers from the last election cycle.
Throughout her training and more than 13 years of professional experience, certified massage therapist and Lighthouse Massage Center founder Elizabeth Everett has learned to treat patients with more than just her hands. She performs 11 types of massage, including Ashiatsu oriental bar therapy, during which she uses her feet to deeply manipulate muscles in the back, glutes, and legs. Her hands work in tandem with warmed stones during hot lava-stone treatments as wafts of smoke from white sage fill the air with a calming scent. Raindrop-therapy sessions use the aromatic blends of Young Living Essential Oils and ancient Lakota techniques to target both physical and energetic toxins acquired from carrying whiny backpacks. Elizabeth, who has used her capable hands to soothe the stage-weary muscles of musicians such as Alice Cooper and Alicia Keys, is also a certified yoga instructor, and leads Vinyasa classes at Hilltop Yoga.