Licensed massage therapist Robin Hightower eases muscular tension with a relaxing compilation of massage services tailored to fit each client's unique needs and lifestyle. A 90-minute deep-tissue massage tackles subterranean tension, tightness, and pain and addresses specific pain concerns, such as localized injuries and shin bones that refuse to admit any connection to the knee bones. Lie amidst warm lighting and soothing green walls as weighty strokes forcefully caress maligned musculature, reinstating equilibrium and restoring structural integrity lost after years of leaving your back crumpled in the hamper. An elongating series of stretches fortifies more remote crevasses, improving range of motion in unapproachable joints, including hip flexors. New clients should plan to arrive 15 minutes early to complete brief intake and health forms, or fill them out beforehand.
Neither gym nor spa, The Balance Institute cobbles together something wholly unique, blending the best of both to alleviate pain and prevent future maladies. The buzzing, anonymous atmosphere of a gym gives way to friendly, personalized attention. Trainers and massage therapists join forces, working with clients one on one to unravel the underlying cause of pain and reverse years of unhealthy habits, such as poor eating or only ever using your right arm. Personal training begins with a health assessment and veers into moves and stretches designed to strengthen bodies and assuage pain. In private rooms, massage therapists quiet the cries of sore muscles with Swedish strokes, deep-tissue work, or myofascial release therapy.
Led by former pageant gal and licensed aesthetician Marci Ruffin Delaney, m.d. Skin strives not only to pamper outer shells but also to boost each client's inner sense of calm and confidence. The signature European facial treats mugs to exfoliation, deep-pore cleansing, and extraction (if necessary), leaving behind only a lustrous sheen and freckles that can speak conversational French. The 55-minute service also includes a massage of the face, neck, shoulders, arms, hands, legs, and feet, aiding total relaxation while wringing out accumulated storm water.
The rasp of an emery board in motion. Soothed exhalations as paraffin wax cloaks hands. Tara, a licensed cosmetologist, releases an inadvertent symphony while working with guests toward the beauty goals of hands and feet. The stylist also draws on manicure prowess to outfit nails with custom art that makes hands memorable when a typewriter can’t seem to remember your scent.
Licensed massage therapist Tina Lee helps clients regain balance, physical comfort, and spiritual fulfillment one massage stroke at a time. She’s been in the field for more than 12 years, building up a repertoire of bodywork modalities that combat stress and physical discomfort. At ChakraWorks, she channels her healing powers through Swedish, trigger-point, reflexology, and hot-stone massage, inducing a sense of calm and well-being in clients and massage tables alike.
Licensed massage therapist Mark Foil has spent the last 12 years mastering his own blend of massage techniques. Having worked with a number of chiropractors, physical therapists, and other healthcare providers, he’s incorporated myriad practices in his effort to relieve chronic pain, injuries, and sprains caused by overeager hand raising in math class. His skill set extends beyond just rehabilitative massage, however. Certified in numerous types of modalities including Swedish, Shiatsu, and prenatal bodywork, he's equally skilled at eradicating stress in sessions designed for relaxation.
Owned and directed by Rachel E. Hall, MD, Expecting Well is a maternity spa and wellness center providing services designed to help women experience happy, healthy pregnancies. Mothers-to-be can take care of follicular needs with body-sugaring treatments that can be more comfortable than traditional waxing. Experienced aestheticians de-fuzz areas from brows ($18) to bikini lines ($45), including chins ($18), underarms ($30), and any palmed peaches patrons manage to smuggle into the spa.