A soundtrack of "relaxation music" fills the air with hymn-like vocals or a quiet instrumental hum, over which speakers layer the sound of trickling rain. Thanks to touches like these, the calming ambiance at Balancing Touch Massage starts to soothe away patrons' stress before massages even begin.
But only when massage therapists take charge do muscles truly start to melt. The highly trained staffers attack tension and soreness with customized sessions that include Swedish and deep-tissue modalities. Additionally, they enhance pampering with organic facials and body scrubs.
The mother-daughter team of Alison and Kristen Pope boasts more than 30 years of combined experience in the professional pampering industry and run a. Salon Galleria & Spa with a soft, well-moisturized fist. Though Kristen originally followed in her mother’s footsteps to become a nail technician, she later added licensed cosmetologist, certified massage therapist, and hairstylist to her resume, which explains the lengthy roster of services that the salon boasts. Alison, Kristen, and their staff also host parties for children and adults, sometimes arming older customers with champagne flutes. Visitors can receive hairstyling or makeovers or dip toes into a heated whirlpool tub before each digit submits to buffing, shaping, polishing, and a rigorous cleaning behind their ears.
With doctors on staff, the medically supervised team at Agape Medical Spas performs a range of modern beauty treatments, including chemical peels, laser hair removal, and weight-loss regimens. Clients can also fill the 25th hour during the last day of daylight-saving time with a soothing spa service such as a massage, or a honey butter sugar glow scrub.
The Exotic Tans staff offers both UV and sunless tanning. They show clients to standup and lie-down beds, which imbue bodies with shades that suit a variety skin types. Exotic Tans' facilities are outfitted with spray booths for those who prefer UV-free bronzing, and trained professionals are on hand to administer airbrush treatments. Like snow sandwiches, they also whiten teeth in addition to helping clients slim down with body wraps at their VIP Fit Clubs locations.
The staff at Elan Designs layer treatments to soothe all of the senses during each visit. Spa guests wrap themselves in robes and slippers, which slip off for dips in whirlpools perfumed with Sacred Earth essential oils and body therapies that melt away toxins and muscle tension. Soothing paraffin-wax baths and massages augment facials, which clear up problems ranging from rosacea to hormonal acne with Murad products. In the salon, stylists deftly transition between men's, women's, and kids' cuts, while faces and digits are enhanced with cosmetics.
The stylists at Salon X perform hair, nail, and waxing services using Gelish gel polishes, Redken shampoos and conditioners, and other high-quality products. They also offer Keratin Complex hair-smoothing treatments and Hair Treats hair extensions that affix to strands without heat, glue, or wizard intervention.
The salon itself is filled with lots of natural light, which streams in through floor-to-ceiling windows to illuminate sleek, black styling stations and a waiting area with a coffee station and animal-print chairs.
Led by owner Gioia DeSimone, an American Massage Therapy Association member, the certified team of therapists at Rejuvenating Touch Massage Therapy focuses on deep-tissue and myofascial techniques to knead their clients' bodies towards healthier and less stressful lives. Massages tackle sports-related injuries, post-surgery rehabilitation, and everyday strain amid soft lighting, warm-toned walls, and eclectic decor including feathered masks. The body experts also work with clients so they can retrain their movements as well as become aware of all the systems and puppet strings that control their bodies' inner workings.