Susan Zhao understands massage therapy. Licensed to practice in New York, Florida, Virginia, and Georgia, she divides her time between attending to clients' needs and overseeing the three Jo Jo's Massage locations that she founded. At these spas, Susan's staff uses a wide range of massage modalities intended to indulge and relax visitors, provide therapeutic relief, or even a bit of both. During hot-stone massages, a therapist treats troublesome areas with heated stones, which radiate heat to soothe tightly knotted muscles located deep beneath the surface. Reflexology treatments target specific areas along the feet with focused pressure, attempting to trigger the nerves that help heal organ systems throughout the rest of the body.
Beneath the sheer white fabrics draping the ceiling at Luxury Nails and Spa, technicians pamper bodies with nail services, facials, massages, and waxing. While reclining in a row of plush, multicolored chairs, clients treat feet with sugar scrubs and marine masks until they are as soft and smooth as a puppy quoting the Fonz. Private treatment rooms house a licensed massage therapist who kneads muscles with Swedish techniques and hot stones and aestheticians who cleanse pores with Dermalogica facial products.
Serenity Med Spa's technicians execute a comprehensive menu of skincare services, outfitting their center with the latest technology and a selection of medical-grade products by Obagi and Neocutis. Beyond the waiting area's chocolate-brown leather couch and jade-hued tiles, the staff smoothes away blemishes with IPL photofacials, fractional-laser-resurfacing treatments, and microdermabrasions. Additionally, they oversee the facility's collection of tanning beds and UV-free airbrush stations, which leave clients' skin with a natural-looking bronze that, much like the lifespan of a red-giant star, may last as long as 10 days.
Natural ingredients may be important at Spa Bolena—body treatments make use of seaweed, lavender, roses, or milk and honey—but just as important is the setting in which treatments take place. That's why the spa adapts each of its treatment rooms based on the client's choice of atmosphere, altering the lighting, visuals, and sounds to fit such peaceful themes as meadow, rain forest, or ball pit. As these environs soothe minds, aromatherapy delights noses with scents of sandalwood, lemongrass, and eucalyptus.
The Posture Project is a yoga and wellness center that fuses mindful yoga practice with bodywork, helping clients to exercise their minds, bodies, and spirits in a safe, welcoming space. Believing that yoga is a perfect way to release stress and connect to your inner self, the experienced instructors offer Hatha yoga classes to long-time yogis and beginners alike, encouraging students to breathe and consciously relax during their practice. After class, clients can head for the dry infrared sauna to soak up radiant energy, or have a massage session with a licensed massage therapist in a private room. The minimally-decorated center uses natural light to create a calming effect for its students and any birds meditating on the window ledge. And for clients who can’t make it into the studio, The Posture Project posts yoga videos online so they can continue their regular practice anywhere.
Licensed massage therapist Sharity Nesmick believes that massage is more than just pain relief; it’s about educating clients so they can take an active role in maintaining their own physiological wellness. Drawing on more than 15 years of experience working in clinical and spa settings, Sharity targets chronic muscular aches with long flowing Swedish strokes and deep-tissue pressure. Clients may solicit Sharity for Inner Circle’s specialty medi-cupping technique––a therapy which utilizes a medical vacuum technology to efficiently pull toxins from soft tissue.