The Kneaded Spot specializes not only in familiar massage styles such as the Swedish technique, but also BowenWork, a three-decade-old therapy style invented by famed practitioner Tom Bowen. The outfit's massage services tend to privilege relaxation over pain relief, though massage can still lead to side benefits such as more restful sleep and an end to screaming matches with your trapezius muscle. BowenWork, on the other hand, focuses on alleviating pain, realigning and resetting the body through gentle rolls over precise points in order to aid in recovery from accidents and sports injuries.
Oceanic claims to have spent about ten arduous years developing their foot massage, a process that erased the stress, and a few toes, of nearly 3,000 test subjects. Experience the decade's worth of relaxation channeled into every stroke. Start by reclining in a massage chair and soaking your feet in warm water scented with nutrients, herbs, and various marinades and marmalades. A ten-minute head and face massage builds tingly anticipation in the toes, which is followed by fifty minutes of slow, not too intense, rubbing, kneading, and finger walking that hits every major pressure point of the foot. Based upon the principals of reflexology—where sections of the foot are said to directly correspond with major organs and groups of nerves—a focused massage therapist will set out to awaken slumbering livers, calm overactive lymph nodes, and give purpose to gallbladders.
Traditional Thai artwork brightens the dark-mahogany walls of Thiparpa Thai Massage in the light of chandeliers and flickering candles. From the floor of this flower-studded haven, therapists perform traditional Thai massages atop soft mattresses separated by opaque, glittering curtains. In their signature style, therapists use their bodies to move clients through positions that compress muscles, exercise joints, and mimic the poses of the therapist's childhood rag doll. Therapists can also incorporate Swedish massage and whiffs of aromatherapy. Thiparpa stays open until 9 p.m. daily, which provides patients ample time for a massage after work.
Fresh off the heels of its one year anniversary, Water Lounge Spa pampers and soothes customers with massages, facials, and skincare services administered by a staff of certified massage therapists and aestheticians. Aches and pains recede as experienced hands administer neuromuscular therapy or massages accented with hot stones, focused on deep-seated knots, or tailored especially for expectant mothers. Relaxation deepens as clients soak in one of six private hot tub rooms with steam, which soothes skin and lungs while fogging up overworked eyeballs to give them a break. Aestheticians also tend to hair during waxing, tweezing, threading, and tinting appointments.
At Visible Changes Salon and Day Spa, friendly stylists skillfully snip and style locks using high-quality products from Pureology and Coppola. Some of the stylists have 30 years of experience with color and cuts, and can deftly clip styles ranging from trendy to classic to Jetsons–esque. Elsewhere in the spacious, 5,700-square-foot facility, numerous private treatment rooms beautify guests and cancel out stress with sunless tanning, massages, and anti-aging facials.
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