Between the long lines, the heavy bags, and the person sneezing next to you, air travel is stressful. Fortunately, more airports are adding spas geared towards on-the-go travelers. No advance appointment needed!
Most major airports offer chair massage at open kiosks or in full-service spas. You sit fully clothed in a special chair that cradles you face while the massage therapist works on your back and shoulders. You can get a chair massage for as short as ten or 15 minutes. I highly recommend it because it can work out kinks before they turn into hard knots!
Airport spas are also a great way to spend your time during long layovers or unexpected delays.
XpresSpa is the most commonly found airport spa, currently with 56 locations in 22 major airports and more locations coming. Its full-service spas offer full-body massage and facials in private treatment rooms, along with manicures, pedicures, blow-drys, cuts and facial waxing.
XpresSpa serves the following airports In the East: New York City (9 locations at JFK), Philadelphia (4 at PHL), Pittsburgh (PIT), Miami (MIA), Orlando (3 at MCO), Atlanta (two at ATL), and Raleigh-Durham (RDU).
In California XPresSpa serve Los Angeles (LAX), San Francisco (4 at SFO), Denver (DEN) Santa Ana (SNA),
It also serves Chicago (ORD), Minneapolis (3 at MSP), Las Vegas McCarran two at LAS), Dallas (2 at DFW), Houston (2 at IAH), Salt Lake City (SLC), and Amsterdam (3 at AMS).
Be Relax is another full-service spa that also offers oxygen therapy. You sit in a comfy chair with a two-pronged plastic tube up your nose, getting oxygen scented with essential oils that help you relax or boost your immune system. I've tried this and it really does make you feel better.
It also has two locations in Baltimore (BWI), four locations in Boston (BOS), one in Detroit (DTW), one at New York's JFK, and two at San Diego (SAN).
d_parture spa has two Newark airport locations: Terminal C1 at Gate 92 offers chair massage, foot massage, manicures, facials, scalp massage, haircuts, shampoo and styling, facial waxing, and a makeover. The location at C2 gate 110 offers chair massage, foot massage, hand massage and scalp massage.
• British Columbia's Vancouver International Airport has four locations of Absolute Spa. Services include massage, pedicures, manicures, facials, and oxygen treatments. Absolute is located before the security gates in the International Departures area; past security in the U.S. Departures area; and in the Fairmont Hotel in the International Terminal. www.absolutespa.com.
• Calgary International Airport has an OraOxygen Spa that specializes in oxygen therapy but offers other services. It also offers facials, manicures, pedicures, and massages. www.oraoxygen.com.