Voted a CitySearch favorite spot for tanning from 2005 to 2009, SunWerks has earned its patrons’ loyalty by offering flexibility: tanning takes place inside four levels of sun beds and within the mists of three different styles of spray-tan services. Not content to merely bronze hides, the salon also sets calories ablaze during skinny wrap sessions, which use six silicone pads to blast fat more effectively than a butter-seeking missile. Pure Collagen Tower red-light collagen treatments roll back the body's clock by abolishing wrinkles and saggy jowls.
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The words massage therapist, masseuse, and bodyworker are synonymous, though the professionals in these fields are often vastly different. This makes it difficult for a customer to know exactly what their massage will consist of before they go in. Owner Peter Pawlowski, Brianna Laferriere, and the other professionals at The Bodyworker hope to clear this confusion by redefining their namesake and creating a new discipline, one that specializes in the diagnosis and elimination of pain using high-tech equipment and a blend of therapeutic techniques. During 15-minute consultations at the facility, bodyworkers use state-of-the-art computer imaging to show clients three-dimensional images of the human anatomy and better understand pain points. During sessions, structural and trigger-point therapies work together to address muscular imbalances, which the therapist tailors to ease chronic pain and pent-up stresses. The bodyworkers' specialized training also allows them to know when to refer patients with more severe conditions to the proper specialist, whether it's a physical therapist, orthopedist, or hokey-pokey expert.
A wildly successful alternative to traditional day spas—its more than 300 locations blanket 36 states and half a dozen countries—Planet Beach Contempo Spa is a futuristic relaxation station where state-of-the-art machines administer all the spa and tanning services. These friendly automatons sometimes replace familiar treatments, as in the Luminous facial, a light-based service that delivers blemish-busting results similar to those of a conventional facial. But other equipment maps out new spa territory entirely: the Hydro-Derma Fusion chamber moisturizes the whole body with nutrient-rich steam in order to offset the effects of a dry climate or a rear-end collision with a salt truck. Other machines whiten teeth, spray tan skin, and massage muscles.
Planet Beach operates on a gym-style membership system, meaning that members purchase packages or pay flat monthly rates. As members spend more time at the spa, they get to know the helpful assistants who are always on hand to demonstrate how to use the equipment without activating its ability to cry.
A wildly successful alternative to traditional day spas—its more than 300 locations blanket 36 states and half a dozen countries—Planet Beach Contempo Spa is a futuristic relaxation station where state-of-the-art machines administer all the spa and tanning services. These friendly automatons sometimes replace familiar treatments, such as the Luminous facial, a light-based service that delivers blemish-busting results similar to those of a conventional facial. But other equipment maps out new spa territory entirely: the Hydro-Derma Fusion chamber moisturizes the whole body with nutrient-rich steam in order to offset the effects of a dry climate or a rear-end collision with a salt truck. Other machines whiten teeth, spray-tan skin, and massage muscles.
Planet Beach operates on a gym-style membership system, meaning members purchase packages or pay flat monthly rates. As members spend more time at the spa, they get to know the helpful assistants who are always on hand to demonstrate how to use the equipment without activating its ability to cry.
In David Raccuglia's "Modern Man Portrait Series," impeccably dressed models of masculinity such as Jack Nicholson, Gary Oldman, and Iggy Pop pose in stark black-and-white photographs. The series hangs on the wall of the MensDept. as a reminder of the significant difference proper
grooming can make to a man's appearance. It's a difference founder Kurt Kueffner spent 15 years showcasing for salon owners as he toured the country demonstrating men's haircutting techniques to fellow stylists.
When he decided it was time to put that teaching into practice, he opened MensDept., an upscale salon staffed only by stylists who have received at least 60 hours of hands-on, one-on-one training from Kurt himself. They base each cut on the client's hair type and head shape, rather than on meeting the daily mohawk quota mandated by local law. Beyond blending grays naturally into darker strands, the team can rejuvenate hair with customized color or conduct cuts at the client's office on weekdays until 3 p.m.
Since art appreciation often requires people to crane their necks to view paintings from a different angle, trips to a gallery don’t usually benefit the spine. But clients don’t come to Ambiente Gallerie just to explore art and its unique design. They come to improve their wellness and enjoy chiropractic care from Doctor of Chiropractic Kari Boudreau. She draws from 14 years of experience to help her clients find relief from nagging health conditions in a modern space designed to engage the mind.
Inside a 100-year-old warehouse space, Dr. Boudreau worked with accomplished architect Ali Heshmati to design a stimulating environment that serves as both an escape and gathering space. Walls of stretched fabric form private treatment areas and can be raised to reveal room to mingle for gallery shows or a new car for studio audiences. Curved boomerang doors bar the way to permanent massage rooms with a clouded material that adds to the practice's intriguing aesthetic.
Island Therapeutic Massage's founder and owner, Victoria, believes that massage can be part of a daily or weekly de-stressing regimen, rather than just a once-in-a-while indulgence. At her massage center's two locations, she and her team work to stimulate circulation, fend off disease, and bring balance to their clients' bodies with an array of soothing modalities.
Among the most popular of these modalities, Swedish and deep-tissue massages uncoil sinews and reduce stress with varying levels of pressure. Therapeutic massage, trigger-point therapy, and sports massage focus more on specific ailments, targeting headaches and chronic pain from injuries on the field or in the workplace. Another specialty modality, pregnancy massage, helps expectant mothers and babies cope with the stress of hormonal changes and rigid nine-month deadlines. To ramp up your relaxation, request body scrubs and aromatherapy with nonscented or Young Living essential oils.
Once guests step under the red-and-white striped awning that marks the entrance to Salon Rouge, they're transported to France. The salon's ruby-red entryway leads to a chic space where the glows of chandeliers bounce off marble floors and papered walls. Antique armoire mirrors capture reflections of a mix of Parisian flea-market finds and upscale, modern touches, such as European shampoo bowls.
Veteran salon owner and stylist Richard Staab owned an art deco–styled salon before selling it and moving to the salon’s current location, formerly a century-old condo basement.
Amid this festive backdrop, Staab's team of expert stylists tends to tresses with top-quality products from Oribe, Kevin Murphy, and Savon de Marseille. Additional beauty products line the shelves, such as perfumes from Comme des Garçons, allowing guests to look and smell more authentically French than a Croissan'Wich.
Even though many of its stylists have graduated from top beauty schools across the country, Wave Salon puts them through an apprenticeship program so they can get real-world experience and learn from its own talented crew. The newly graduated stylists might get tips from veterans whose styles have appeared in magazines such as Redbook and Cosmopolitan. Or, the budding stylists might learn tricks from a human-hair-extension specialist whose work has also been featured in magazines, or Davines Regional Advanced Educator Aaron Olson, who has worked as a cosmetology instructor and who explains the benefits of using Davines for its natural ingredients and sustainable practices. No matter who they study under, the new graduates learn how important it is to consult with each client to determine which look is best for them.
Lesleyanne, the therapist behind 8th Chakra Massage & Body Works, relieves stress by using nine different massage techniques on clients as they rest on a plush table. She begins by slathering backs with oils, lotions, and powders, so her hands can efficiently glide across knots and adhesions. She also tailors her approach to each client's needs by blending modalities such as hot stone, deep-tissue, shiatsu, lomilomi, reflexology, craniosacral work, and trigger-point therapy.
By tweaking each muscle-mending session, Lesleyanne can ease the stiffness that develops in muscles due to inactivity, stress, inconsistent sleep patterns, and living inside a dollhouse. Recipients of massage often cite benefits such as decreased recovery time after injury and reduced depression.
Northeast Laser Tattoo Removal is the joint project of a physician and a veteran tattoo artist. Medical director Thomas H. Barrows, MD, has extensive experience using and studying medical lasers. He's lectured on laser-skin interactions throughout the world, and has even helped design the machines. Laser technician Aleksandar Nedich complements the doctor's clinical expertise with 15 years of experience in the tattoo industry. He understands the way ink sits in the skin and can slide off sleeve tattoos as if they were oiled water wings.
Nedich designed the clinic's comfortable space, adorning it with Indonesian folk art and leather couches. He and Dr. Barrows welcome clients in for consultations, presenting information on costs, procedures, and aftercare in a clear and direct manner.
When taj salon & spa’s stylists extract coloring foils, they don’t toss them in the trash. Instead, they recycle the aluminum, putting taj on a short list of local businesses that do so. This is just one of the ways the staff show how devoted they are to beautifying both the earth and the people that populate it. The members of the styling team have been trained extensively with Aveda and the International Dermal Institute to improve their hair, skin, and massage services. Other thoughtful touches that show their dedication to clients include warm towels for the face and neck during haircuts, complimentary bang trims between visits, and stylists who travel to create stunning hairdos before a wedding or between innings of a baseball game.
The aestheticians and massage therapists at Perfect Getaway Day Spa pamper clients with a lavish spread of manicures and pedicures, custom-tailored facials, and a dozen different massage styles. Swedish and deep-tissue treatments root out aches with gentle, flowing kneads or targeted pressure, and reflexology massage relieves tension throughout the body by manipulating pressure points in the hands and feet. Soothing soaks and massages soften hands and feet during signature mani-pedis, and facials refresh complexions with personalized blends of products designed for any skin type, whether dry, oily, or locked in an iron mask. The spa's party packages can also transform birthday or bachelorette gatherings into full-on makeovers with combinations of massages, facials, and mani-pedis.
Within Twist Hair Studio's chocolate-y walls, stylists create new looks for their clients through haircuts and colors, facial waxing, eyelash extensions, and airbrush-makeup applications. But what really sets the modern salon apart is its specialization in hair extensions. Resident hair extenders add length and volume by applying human hair extensions that blend in with clients' natural hair. Stylists dispense several lock-enhancing options, including micro hair extensions, which help mask the appearance of hair loss, and UltraStrands hair extensions to add highlights and lowlights without using chemicals. Each visit includes a complimentary consultation to discuss desires and to arrive on the best extension.
As a lifelong athlete, Lee Matthew Druzbacky wanted to explore alternative options for rehabilitation and pain relief, which led him to pursue a degree in massage therapy. Following 604 hours of formal training at the St. Croix Center, the ABMP-insured therapist opened Better World to help fellow athletes overcome pain and better prepare their bodies for competition through four types of massage: Swedish, integrative, deep tissue, and sports. Lee also completed a 64-hour program in Active Isolated Stretching, a method developed by Aaron Mattes that uses two-second stretches to increase the flexibility of muscle joints, connective tissues, and the rubber bands that hold the ribcage together.