Massage is a time-honored method of alleviating stress, as is the ancient art of crafting origami swans out of midterm exams. Ace relaxation with today's Groupon: for $52, you get a 90-minute Swedish massage at Dolce Vita (a $105 value).
Paul Sippel, Dolce Vita’s licensed massage therapist, eases aches and loosens taut tendons during 90-minute Swedish massages. The skilled therapist delivers a soothing series of massage strokes to pamper physiques of all body types, ages, and marshmallow contents. Employing a quintet of stroke styles—including the smooth, gliding effleurage and rhythmic percussiveness of tapotement—the Swedish modality relaxes stressed muscles and increases circulation. Additionally, the tension-zapping treatment helps to stimulate the lymphatic system, providing for more efficient dispersal of the body’s accumulated toxins and the brain’s collection of Al Roker trivia.
Dolce Vita Salon and Spa
In one treatment room, an aesthetician wraps a client from head to toe in a detoxifying sheath of kelp and blue-green algae. In another, an organic pomegranate scrub glazes the skin, hydrating it to promote elasticity. And across the way, a therapist soothes a client’s body and mind with heated rocks that glide across skin. At Dolce Vita Salon and Spa, natural elements come into play in a majority of its specialty services, which also include facials, waxing, herbal cellulite smoothing, and nail treatments. The staff—helmed by 16-year industry veteran RaeAnn Ebarb—includes a quartet of hairstylists who specialize in colors and cuts that are even more flattering than a perfectly positioned fun-house mirror.