The therapists at East-West Therapeutic Massage give massages in the same way that they teach their students: by combining creativity with science. Each therapist wields the classroom know-how to deliver a muscle-melting shiatsu, sports, or lomilomi massage. But to them, it’s more important to remain flexible in their methods, responding to the needs of the client rather than rigidly adhering to textbook diagrams. To this end, one of the primary tenants of East-West is listening to the client. Though guests can choose from a menu of massage modalities, such as Hawaiian and craniosacral massage, they can also start sessions with a description of their discomfort or desires, such as reducing stress or eliminating their fear of tripwire. From these descriptions, the therapist crafts a tailored set of motions and strokes, paying close attention to the body as the massage guides clients toward relief.
Shape Smart Wellness Spa started generating buzz in 1999, after one client lost more than 50 pounds. This success story led to multiple others; collectively, the testimonials validated the spa's holistic approach to health. To support whole-body wellness, staff members call upon various qualifications: Pilates certifications, massage licenses, and knowledge of Richard Simmons. When developing custom health programs, professionals start with lifestyle programs that emphasize fitness and nutrition. They complement these programs with beauty services ranging from facials to pedicures. The team also couples time-tested beauty techniques with state-of-the-art methods including body contouring and light and heat energy.
Youthful You's skilled therapists and aestheticians curate an ideal environment for relaxation while they administer refreshing beauty and wellness treatments. The center's facial services exfoliate weary visages, lifting away dirt, blemishes, and clingy masquerade masks to reveal healthier layers of skin. Massage therapists untie knotted muscles and soothe chronic aches in backs and shoulders with smooth, rhythmic strokes. The staff’s common belief that no two bodies are the same manifests itself in treatments that cater to the individual needs of each guest.
The experienced owners of European Medical Massage & Spa serve to soak, scrub, and sweat the stress and toxins out of their clients in the advanced environs of a relaxing, European-inspired spa. Like a cell phone in a mime's back pocket, customers kick back and relax for 30 minutes as purifying products swaddle their bodies in the hydrotherapy bath, with steam and heat alchemizing into a melting pot of muscle-soothing stew. Once the body has had a good soak, a licensed massage therapist softens the tissues and hypnotizes the tension from the scalp or feet for 15 minutes, as clients rest on cushioned massage tables in an extravagantly decorated room complete with European statues and softly lamp-lit walls. Once tension has surrendered, 20 minutes in the clean, steamy sauna sweeps the remaining toxins out and sends them to audition for acting roles in soap commercials. Fully pampered bodies then rejuvenate with a 10-minute shower.
For the team at Shri Yoga and Wellness Center, a stronger body is just the beginning of the effect yoga can have on people. Shri is a Sanskrit word that means “that which is life-enhancing”; in that spirit, the studio practices yoga and holistic services that together are designed to be transformative on physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual levels. Beyond traditional sessions of Hatha and Vinyasa yoga, students can settle into meditation, where they devote themselves to quieting intrusive thoughts and uncovering compassionate ones. During the Yoga for Anxiety series, a certified yogi with a master's in psychology helps participants learn to use yoga as a method for processing stress.
Multiple styles of massage restore bodies, and specialized approaches such as visceral massage target the abdominal section with techniques aimed to improve digestive function and release trapped butterflies. Holistic-health training in individual or group sessions integrates Eastern and Western approaches to wellness and explores specific changes to elements as varied as nutrition and attitude in an attempt to improve one’s overall lifestyle.
After studying with prestigious leaders in the hair styling field and serving as the artistic director for Randy Rick Hair Concepts, Cari Nelson learned firsthand that the best stylists are the ones who can effectively fuse artistry with professionalism and problem solving. Adopting these qualities within herself, she sought out other imaginative, yet disciplined scissor wielders to staff her very own salon. Today, she and her team of master designers and seasoned veterans build relationships with clients as they craft flattering coiffures sure to impress onlookers. When Nelson isn't stationed atop her studio's black-and-white floors, she leads trainings and takes advantage of shadowing opportunities.