Kit Ayers believes that relaxation is not a luxury; it’s a necessity. Kit specializes in therapeutic massage and bodywork, offering services such as hot-stone massages that help boost circulation by placing hot stones at specific meridians along the body. Along with helping heal chronic pain, Kit’s massages have many relaxing properties and can help soothe stress, enhanced by the quiet, soothing atmosphere. As the sole practitioner of Alaska Mind Body Spirit, Kit also offers facials and waxing services.
At Prescriptive Facial Aesthetics, a slate of clinical skincare treatments forms an umbrella of care over problematic complexions. Angie Kearns, LCA incorporates glycolic, lactic, and salicylic acids into custom blends for chemical peels, which join diamond-tip microdermabrasion treatments to draw out rosy color, diminish blemishes, and soften fine facial lines that attempt to resemble their bearer's spirit animal. Obagi and PCA products add nourishing ingredients to the skincare treatments, and Juvederm, Botox, and Radiesse injections from Susan Canafax, FNP leave faces smooth and youthful.
Embody Health & Wellness Center LLC's massage and chiropractic services may seem nearly endless, but they all work toward a common goal: relieving pain. Medical massage eases kinks associated with illness, whereas acupressure unblocks internal energy, which may be causing aches. Reflexology blends massage and pressure-point work to boost overall wellness, and lymphatic-drainage massage releases fluids that contribute to inflammation.
Nicole Keane is an explorer. Hiking, biking, skiing, and snowboarding complement the licensed massage therapist's professional journeys into the tense muscles of clients, and she's showcased her healing craft at locales across the globe. During myofascial-release and trigger-point sessions, Nicole works diligently to locate the snarled striations that radiate pain. Then with deep, focused pressure and strategic stretches, she dissolves the pesky knots so they become one with the body. Prenatal massages safely and gently address the physical stresses particular to mothers-to-be, and structural-integration sessions combine several modalities to bring the body's posture and alignment back into balance. Susan Wong—a licensed massage therapist in her own right—joins Nicole at Gratitude Healing Arts for one day each week, bringing along her extensive knowledge of medical massage and other manual therapy techniques, including lymphatic drainage.
Advanced-practice nurse Leeanne Mercier specializes in keeping women healthy, but she also focuses on their personal comfort. After 20 years of providing preventative healthcare to the indigenous women of the arctic, Mercier opened her own clinic for women's health in 2004. She now owns All About You Medical Spa, where she takes an individualized approach to beauty and wellness. Aestheticians put patients at ease with advanced training in services such as cosmetic injectables, skin-tightening derma-roller treatments, and nonsurgical liposuction sessions.
In the turquoise-walled Thai room, Asian-inspired art and lush tapestries create a cozy, welcoming backdrop for women's wellness exams. The reception area is no less comforting—a cushy red sofa sprawls beside a wood-framed fireplace, whose flame-fed light mingles with rays from the sparkling chandelier overhead. The massage room also features a fireplace, along with a painting depicting a window-like view into an exotic landscape.
Licensed aesthetician Rita Cluff relies on the power of light to do more than brighten her clients' features. She is certified to cease hair growth, combat acne, and soften signs of aging with the iPulse i400 Intense Pulsed Light system, whose beams cause minimal discomfort to the skin surface. Rita goes beyond her laser duties for every IPL facial that she conducts—after the treatment, she shapes or tints brows and applies a complimentary mask, achieving a youthful look more effectively than tracing old yearbook photos onto guests' faces. She doesn't limit Face Envy's services to laser treatments, however. Thermage skin tightening, peels, and cosmetic tattoos flatter the dermal landscape, and Rita's registered-nurse associate Angie Tolbert subtracts wrinkles with Botox and Restylane fillers.