9 Elements Spa & Reflexology prides itself on fusing the best of the East and West. Located in Hudson Mews, the holistic spa and tea bar features sleek, modern furnishing including plush black reflexology chairs and industrial accents. The interior's Western elements are offset by 9 Elements's menu of services, all of which are characterized by the use of traditional Asian massage modalities.
Reflexology: The sole of the foot features thousands of acupressure points believed to be connected to vital organs. During reflexology sessions, a practitioner kneads those points to target stress, pain, and imbalances in the body. These holistic treatments aim to soothe specific organ systems, improve circulation, and promote overall wellness.
Essential-oil massage During this massage, the practitioner meticulously selects pure essential oils to tailor the treatment to client's needs. For example, vanilla essential oil may promote relaxation, while peppermint can help alleviate sore muscles. These therapeutic oils combined with gentle, soothing bodywork methods, aim to soothe the body and mind.
Thai massage: This massage blends acupressure techniques with assisted yoga postures and tui na's rhythmic compression along the body's meridians. Thai massage is unlike most massage styles in that clients remain clothed during treatments, which are performed on yoga mattresses, rather than massage tables. As patrons lie on the mattresses, practitioners respond to their needs by rocking, pulling, and stretching muscles.
Izzy Shafey has done a lot with his body. A longtime athlete who's also a practitioner of yoga and mixed martial arts, he's intimately familiar with the abilities—and limitations—of the human anatomy, and the pain and imbalance rigorous movement can bring. For these reasons he was inspired to become a practitioner of zenthai shiatsu, and traveled all the way to Australia, one of its countries of origin, to learn the technique. It combines many holistic and kinesiologic principles, placing just as much emphasis on the power of simple touch as it does on the complex ways it can be administered.
Izzy draws from three modalities, including acupressure, which, like acupuncture, focuses on pressure points throughout the body but without the use of needles. He also incorporates traditional Thai massage, which uses stretching and even some yoga moves to release tension, and osteopathic massage, which focuses on joints, fascia, and connective tissue in order to restore range of motion.
Celestial Healing Arts helps to align your body, mind, and spirit with focused professional bodywork. The intention that drives the treatments you will receive are for your body to realize its optimum state of thriving. Whether they're delivering massages, manipulating pressure points, or devising blends of herbal medicine, the practitioners here make each treatment part of a holistic, whole-body regimen that leaves clients refreshed both inside and out. They also offer acupuncture treatments that aim to rebalance the flow of energy through the body using fine needles, helping with pain relief, allergies, and weight loss.
A certified yoga teacher with a degree in Eastern therapies and bodywork from Pacific Rim College, Pernille Lund works with several healing modalities at Colibri Care Healing Arts. Her bodywork services include traditional Thai massage, Ayurvedic massage, yoga therapy, and pre- and post-natal care.
The bodywork experts at Touch Temple Massage Spa learned traditional Thai massage
and yoga techniques at WatPo Thai Traditional Medical School in Bangkok, Thailand. They enhance their treatments with pure oil blends spiked with teas and aromatic ingredients, as well as foot soaks steeped in salts and spices.
Earth, Wind & Spa harnesses the power of natural elements to pamper its clients. Aestheticians, armed with Clayton Shagal, Remy Laure, and OLos skincare products, breath life back into dull complexions during 10 botanically-enhanced facials, which soothe the skin with sunflower seed extract and promote hydration with bamboo. Technicians also enhance their clients’ natural beauty with advanced facials that utilize collagen and plant stem cell ingredients, as opposed to the regenerative brainwaves of a 3,000-year-old alien.
Earth, Wind & Spa’s spa treatments also utilize high quality products. Fingernails and toes sparkle with colorful OPI, Zoya, and Shellac polishes, hairs are removed with a low heat, tea tree and lavender-infused wax, and brides and their stunt doubles are dolled up with Jane Iredale cosmetics during makeup applications.