The tanning beds at Kissed by the Sun shine year-round in spite of chilly, snowy, or rainy Pittsburgh forecasts. Level one, two, and three beds house between 54 and 60 bulbs, which cover the entire body in a bronzing glow. Clients can augment their newly acquired color by donning Jwoww Black Bronzer and Bronze Mineral Legs, or by squeezing into bronzed shoes from their childhoods. After regular service hours, the salon opens its doors to bachelorette parties, sororities, prom groups, and social clubs that want to tan in tandem.
Boagie and Bachall Spa on Vanadium's pampering staff recently doubled their digs, adding a full roster of spa services to their quarter-century history of hair expertise. While mouths sip a choice of beer, wine, mimosa, or soft drink, bodies will drink in roughly 90 minutes of relaxing spa treatments, escaping the stresses of the grueling workweek and confusing mad libs of the weekend. The 30-minute facial grants visages a merrier manner, swabbing everyday dirt and oil from the skin before applying treatments that exfoliate, tone, and hydrate facial tissue. Next, a relaxing 30-minute massage slackens sinews and tricks tension out of the body with the promise of awkward family gatherings just down the block. Hands and feet can crawl into an exfoliating paraffin bath and complete their transformation into silky appendages via a hydrating lotion massage and warming mittens. Finally, a stylist will enliven lackluster locks by offering the 'do of their choice, returning you to the outside world appearing polished while feeling as elastic as a bag of gummy worms.
At Chaney's Natural, revitalizing the body is about more than muscle manipulation. Of course, the massage team commands an array of hands-on modalities designed to ease pain and promote relaxation, including Swedish massage, trigger-point therapy, and even energy-based reiki sessions. But the studio goes beyond outer relaxation by offering nutritional counseling services and mind-centering activities such as yoga classes, drum circles, and posing really hard riddles. Chaney's spans two locations and its Monongahela office is completely handicap-accessible, down to its wheelchair-friendly hydraulic massage bed.
Licensed massage therapist Tom Coates knows something about sore muscles. As a dedicated marathon runner, he engages his entire body in endurance contests that grind away at legs and torsos for extended periods of time—that’s where a soothing massage swoops in like a half-falcon medicine man. With 15 years of experience under his palms and elbows, Tom shares the muscle-mending techniques that have kept him active and running.
An expert in a range of massage modalities, Tom can customize massages to accommodate each client’s individual issues by blending strokes from Swedish, deep-tissue, and other styles. Whereas localized soreness may require elements of focused or deep-tissue massage, general tension can abate under the far-ranging strokes of Swedish massage, or if clients lay in a body-length box full of whale songs.
The aestheticians at Spa in the Hollow believe in indulgence. Operating under the philosophy that life is "sweeter with a little instant gratification and self-indulgence," they've welcomed guests to their peaceful spa for over a decade. Visitors can begin their journeys in the Serenity Room, taking some light refreshment while basking in the glow of a fireplace. Then, for an elemental contrast, they might lie down beside a waterfall for a massage in the garden gazebo, set in a landscape that includes a pond landscaped with Eastern-style trees, rocks, and grasses. Drawing on a different kind of vegetation, mango or coconut lime pedicures soften feet as the hands cradle a complimentary cocktail designed to make their insides feel tropically smooth.