Anuschka Jivan Wellness takes holistic healing seriously. The massage center espouses a philosophy that considers environmental stewardship an integral aspect of holistic wellness; after all, the earth—with its interconnected web of goings-on—is also an organism that needs caring for. This philosophy guides all aspects of the therapists’ practice, from their use of all-natural, cruelty-free products to their tradition of massaging the wooden knots out of neighborhood trees. They draw on their knowledge of international wellness techniques during soothing ayurvedic treatments that include abhyangam ritualistic massages and heat therapy with herbal oil. Jivan’s signature serenity massage combines Eastern stretches and acupressure with Western strokes and hot stones. This fusion of modalities exemplifies a willingness to seek out the most effective practices from diverse cultures to best relieve muscular tension. Each treatment takes place in a private, secluded room within a spa space whose warm reds, earthy tones, and lush indoor vegetation facilitate a relaxed mindset.
At Youthtopia Med Spa, a skin-rejuvenation and total-body-wellness facility, an experienced mix of dietitians, registered nurses, and aestheticians helps to boost patrons' beauty with technology-driven treatments and professional skincare products. From among a wide menu of services, the staff whittles physiques with laser-lipo systems, turns back facial time clocks with medical peels and injectables, and hides evidence of coffee rings with teeth-whitening treatments.
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Laura Urquhart grew up in a spa. Spa treatments were the family business, and as a young child Laura absorbed her parents' dedication to beauty and appreciation for relaxation as a crucial component of happy lives. As an adult, Laura worked to become a licensed massage therapist and aesthetician, opening Mango Bliss Spa to share her passion. Her retreat's menu is populated with treatments that she personally designed, from massages that melt tension with hot seashells to Aquabrasion facials that lift bacteria from pores with ultrasound technology. She infuses each service with organic products and offers add-ons, including her specialty, aromatherapy, to augment the sensory effect of each service more pleasantly than equipping treatment rooms with velcro sheets.
Chenell’s Natural Nails invites the fingers and toes of both men and women to sit in the lap of luxury during manicure and pedicure treatments that each come in four different styles. During the signature manicure, mitts soak in a warm water potion infused with essential oils before enjoying a massage with body butter. Exfoliation is the emphasis of the Sugarmama-Cure pedicure, which ousts dead skin cells with sugar crystals and a disposable pumice stone. Nail technicians finish treatments with a polish or buff as shiny as an engagement ring presented on a chicken drumstick. Clients can also add à la carte upgrades to their manicures and pedicures, choosing UV-cured Shellac polish to extend their nail color's lifespan or enlisting a callus treatment to rid themselves of the rough skin that results from jigging barefoot through a diamond mine.
Solar Eclipse Tanning Salon doesn’t hide its bold intentions in the shadows. The salon’s staff members envision “putting the sun out of business,” a hyperbolic mission that they accomplish, in part, with four types of UV-tanning beds. Unlike the sun, all of these beds are regularly sanitized and outfitted with fresh bulbs to ensure a glowing base tan or a dark bronze coat.
Not content to merely mimic the sun’s rays, the salon takes a different route entirely with a Mystic Tan booth that spritzes the body with a UV-free bronzing formula. This formula comes in two shades, each of which lasts for up to seven days with proper care. In a red-light-therapy bed—also free of UV rays—therapeutic light repairs skin to improve the appearance of fine lines and render tattooed treasure maps more legible.
Paul Mitchell The School Esani is the starting point for scores of now well-established salon stylists. As an institution for careers in cosmetology, skincare, and makeup, the school holds its students to the highest of standards as it educates them on everything from the technical to professional aspects of the beauty industry. The scissor-happy student body receives hands-on industry experience inside a 20,000-square-foot school facility, located just north of Atlanta. Guests in need of anything from a cut and color to a Dermalogica skin treatment can stop by the school to receive their services from a passionate burgeoning stylist. The school was recognized in Modern Salon's 2011 Excellence in Education awards for its placement, facilities, and culture, among other categories.