Emboldened by her training at High-Tech Institute, Sarah Elliott set out to ease her clients' tension and help them regain bodily harmony by opening her own studio in the Serenity Center. As guests recline on a microfiber blanket in a private, candlelit massage room, Sarah mends muscles with an array of soothing massage modalities, some of which incorporate essential oils and hot stones. During integrated-massage sessions, she combines Swedish relaxation techniques with trigger-point therapy, deep-tissue massage, and stretching to loosen muscles and subdue pain. As a prenatal-certified therapist, Sarah can also treat expectant mothers suffering from nausea, back pain, and stress through targeted kneading. Regular recipients of massage therapy often cite a host of benefits, such as better sleep, improved concentration, and the ability to finish friends’ sentences for them.
Though the bright colors and mod furniture of South Beach Tanning’s numerous salons may tempt clients to kick back for hours, that’s not the staff’s goal. Instead, they strive to provide swift, hassle-free tans that get clients out the door quickly to enjoy the day. Each of the chain’s salons boasts a floor plan that is twice as large as the average tanning salon, which increases the likelihood that a bed will be free and therefore reduces annoying wait times. Guests can choose from five tiers of UV beds, whose successive levels beget increased bulb output and more amenities to imbue swifter, more comfortable tans. For a UV-free glow, customers can opt to hop in the salon’s automated VersaSpa booths, which guide jets of pigmented formula from head to toe in only 46 seconds to grant a look as summery as boat sails composed of stitched-together bikinis.
Decorated with framed playbills and mirrors surrounded by bright lights, Box Office Hair resembles a celebrity’s dressing room where guests feel like they’re the stars of the show. The salon’s beauticians, who boast skills that range from stylist to master consultant, reimagine hairdos with basic cuts and coloring as well as treatments that yield more-dramatic effects, such as spiral perms and block coloring with three different hues. Brazilian keratin treatments tame wild, frizzy strands for a camera-ready finish, and extensions let short hair act the part of a longer, thicker mane, which gives clients an acceptable excuse to intimidate zebras at the zoo.
Hand & Stone's licensed staff of aestheticians and muscle therapists relaxes ligaments and purifies pores with a variety of massages (a $79.95 value/session) and signature facials (a $79.95 value/session). Monthly kneading sessions may increase alertness, relieve anxiety, and improve one's attitude toward segway cops who don't use turn signals. The season of stress-busting marks three custom massages on your corporeal calendar, offering a choice of Swedish, deep tissue, sports, prenatal, and other styles to suit variously beleaguered bods.
At Motherlove Massage, clients don't have to be a king, queen, or even potty-trained to experience the royal treatment. The Motherlove staff specializes in working with the entire family, whether infants, parents, or the mini-fridge that always gets chilly and wears dad's cardigan. Pamela, to name one of their licensed massage therapists, draws from 20 years of experience. On top of their standard adult-catered massages—such as relaxation, deep tissue, and hot stone—some of Motherlove's therapists are trained as doulas and proficient in pre- and post-natal massage. Their varied expertise allows the staff to assist individuals through all stages of life, and along the way maintain sound health, inner balance, and harmony through massage therapy.
Liz's skincare education began long before she sought out her aesthetician's license. She spent her college years selling skincare products, she beautified faces as a Chanel makeup artist, and she even spent two years working at an acupuncture office (she still uses acupressure in her facials and body treatments). Eventually Liz realized that skincare really was her true calling, and she called upon all this experience to open Almond Tree Spa.
At the spa, Liz offers a variety of skincare treatments such as the vitamin C facial, which uses antioxidants and leaves the skin healthier, brighter, and more youthful. Other pampering services help reduce the signs of aging and range from lavender-scented mud wraps and skin-smoothing waxing treatments to chemical peels that treat acne-prone skin and makes it look younger. They also have a teen-facial expert on staff.