Walking from one treatment room to another inside Tikkun Holistic Spa feels like what walking through a rainbow might be like. The deep blue-greens of the jade room give way to the pink bricks of the Himalayan salt room, and arctic-imitating landscape in the ice room shines a pale blue. Besides exuding a calming atmosphere, Tikkun Holistic Spa has one main goal: to help heal the entire world, one stressed-out person at a time. To that end, reiki master and owner Niki Han Schwarz developed her signature Korean body treatments for clients. Among those treatments is the body scrub and hot oil massage, in which scrubbing mitts exfoliate and hydrate the entire body. The spa also offers a variety of other relaxing treatments that include massage, body wraps, and facials.
Of course, the marquee draws at Massage Masters are massage services from therapists tapped to service the 1984 and 2004 Olympic teams. Their full-body massages go beyond standard deep-tissue and Swedish modalities to include Serenity massages, Paradise massages, and other bodywork treatments designed to relax and uplift. Staff aestheticians conduct European facials and body polishes that leave physical forms looking as refreshed on the outside as they feel inside. And then there's the salt cave, which helps the body regain balance and fight against disease and toxins. During visits, clients can enjoy free water and ease the transition back into the trappings of their everyday lives?work, traffic, their out-of-date home salt caves?with locker rooms and spa showers.
In Salt Chalet's private treatment rooms, sea salt—known for its ability to balance out the body's positively charged ions—fills the air and coats the walls, floor, and ceiling, glittering under soft, ambient lights. As clients relax in lounge chairs or atop massage tables, briny granules flutter through their lungs and waft across their skin—a holistic process known as halotherapy, which recreates the unique microclimate of the world's salt caves away from their bat-shaped novelty shakers. As the chalet's medical director, Dr. Thom Lobe, proclaims, salt rooms can help alleviate everything from allergies and chronic respiratory illnesses to skin disorders, infections, and difficulties sleeping.
Before opening OC Salt Therapy, Robert Condraschi spent sleepless nights listening to and worrying about the labored breathing of his 2-year-old son Constantin. After visiting dozens of doctors, all of whom offered different diagnoses for Constantin?s ailments, it became clear that surgery was the last viable treatment plan. Before agreeing to invasive measures, Robert and his son booked a trip to the Eastern European salt mines. Within days of basking in the therapeutic chamber, Constantin?s breathing grew steadier, and he slept through the night for the first time in years.
Now, OC Salt Therapy?s founders strive to spark similar recoveries in clients of all ages. They have coated three rooms from floor to ceiling in pure, untreated salt, and each room houses a halogenerator that disperses microscopic particles of salt through the air. In the adult room, clients recline on chaise lounges and listen to soothing music. In the children?s room, tykes can tinker with toys, help sentient salt shakers write letters to forlorn pepper grinders, or watch DVDs on flat-screen TVs as parents supervise through the glass door for kids 10 and up, or inside the room for those under 10.
At Bellisima Salon & Day Spa, the aestheticians offer more than a dozen facials. There's one designed specifically for men, and another for teens. There's a pumpkin spice facial that minimizes fine lines and smells like fall. And during the hydration facial, the aesthetician soothes dry skin with aloe and rose hips, instead of taping a sprinkler to the client's forehead.
Facials are just one of the treatments in the team's arsenal of relaxing and beautifying treatments. However, the sheer number of facials illustrates the team's belief that no two clients are exactly alike?so the more choices, the better. In all their other services, from massages to permanent makeup to hairstyling, the experts offer a similarly wide array of options, and welcome requests for customization.