The team of aestheticians and massage therapists at Port Salon & Day Spa mix and match elements from classic spa treatments to rev up relaxation levels. The spa offers a variety of massages which span from deep tissue to aromatic Swedish massages. During signature manicures and pedicures, nails soak in customized herbs before a paraffin treatment seals in moisture. Hydrotherapy sessions are held in Austrian moor mud or milk baths, which nourish the skin. After conducting a complimentary skin analysis, licensed aestheticians administer facials with ice-pack masks, noninvasive light therapy, or hot and cold basalt stones. For intensive moisturizing, clients can choose a collagen facial, pumice peel facial, or pumpkin peel facial which also helps to decrease fine lines. Personalized consultations also precede hair treatments, which can leave tresses newly colored or done up for special occasions.
Danielle Rivera, owner of Tru Massage Therapy, did not set out to become a massage therapist. "I like helping people," she says, and she did so for many years as a CNA in nursing homes. When she began to transition to a medical-assistant program, Rivera discovered her passion for massage. She got her massage license in 2008 and never looked back. Now, Rivera and a team of therapists provide 10 massage modalities and myriad spa services.
In addition to botanical body wraps and waxing services, Rivera's talent for clinical massage has improved her patients' lives and her ability to open industrial-size jars of pickles. "I had a client that could only lift his arm 90 degrees, and after working on him. . . he could go up to 160 degrees." She has also provided relief for migraine sufferers. Clients who "were taking prescription pain meds. . . were able to cut down their prescriptions significantly" or repurpose them altogether into beaded necklaces.
With more than 15 years of experience in the industry, licensed cosmetologist and massage therapist Melanie Van Zee lends her expertise to a variety of beauty services at Salon Sollievo. In the salon, she cuts and colors hair and performs keratin straightening treatments with natural products. In the spa, she administers soothing Swedish massages, waxes away unwanted body hair, and beautifies hands and feet with manicures and pedicures.