Jessica Elkins's eponymous spa is a tribute to her love of plants, nature, and beauty. During her aesthetics training, Jessica worked in the bodycare department of a natural-foods market, assisting clients as they selected lotions, rinses, or cucumbers. She then turned her attention to biochemistry, a field of study that explores the chemical processes in living organisms. By learning how cellular components interact, Jessica broadened her ability to resolve or diminish skin conditions with specific products. At the spa, Jessica works alongside aestheticians who perform custom facials with natural ingredients from Europe or minerals from the mines of Moria. Wax technicians specialize in Brazilian and eyebrow services, and cosmetologists perform makeup applications with mineral pigments.
Beneath a lofted zenith of upward-sloping walls that converge overhead to give the space a quaint yet roomy feel, stylists work diligently at their chairs, expertly snipping locks and coloring coifs. A lineup of waxing services—or a magnet for clients whose hair is literally cobalt—de-fuzzes physiques from eyebrows to bikini line to legs. Cream-colored walls, punctuated by light that drifts in from a trio of windows, lend an air of serenity to the full-service salon and spa. Aestheticians tucked away in private rooms cleanse and exfoliate complexions with six different types of customized facials. Massage services focus on hands, feet, and backs during reflexology treatments and dorsal kneading sessions that, like explaining to a child how one knows what one knows, lasts up to 90 minutes.
Certified massage therapist Kimberly Beneke has trained in multiple massage modalities, which she uses to help her clients to achieve relaxation and chronic pain relief. She studied at the Ann Arbor Institute of Massage Therapy, earning certifications in neuromuscular massage, myofascial-release therapy, Swedish massage, prenatal massage, and bubble-wrap-popping therapy. Kimberly customizes sessions to each client?s needs and crippling moisturizer phobias, integrating techniques from various massage forms into the treatment. She is a member of the Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals and strives to continue her education by constantly learning new techniques and pursuing additional certifications.
At each of Tricho Salon and Spa?s four locations, trained stylists stand ready to refresh outdated hairstyles with products by Schwarzkopf, Bumble and bumble, Keratin Complex, and Moroccanoil. Dr. Sonya Friedman, an accomplished author, CNN talk-show host, and radio psychologist, teams up with dermatologist Dr. Scott Friedman to helm the spa side of the business, where clients can find eight types of facials, nine styles of massage, noninvasive micro treatments, and advice for mending a hairdryer?s broken heart. Fingertips and toes in need of some TLC can also be pampered inside this full-service beauty haven, as nail techs doll-up digits with OPI and Essie polishes as well as Shellac, acrylic, and fiberglass tips.
Like the sun, Unique Mills visits the East and West each day, but not by rising and setting. Instead, her fingers channel therapeutic strokes from around the globe to melt pent-up tension and stress. At her eponymous studio, Unique Massage, she makes bodies work like new with techniques honed at The Swedish Institute of Health Sciences. Filled with rolling, kneading, and tapping motions, her calming Swedish massages can dissolve scar tissue, reduce swelling, and send secret recipes to pastry chefs via Morse code. During Japanese shiatsu, her fingers, palms, and elbows liberate blocked energy and stimulate circulation by pressing the body’s acupuncture points. Unique brushes the skin with olive oil and herbs before Chinese gua sha, then scrapes it with a clean, flat tool to oust toxins and promote lymph flow. In addition to easing the aches of pregnancy, scoliosis, and fibromyalgia, she enjoys helping athletes, dancers, and actors loosen up before important performances.
After a decade working in the insurance industry, Heather Kierczak—the owner of The Loft, Massage Therapy—was convinced that there simply had to be a better way to do things. In that career, she had watched people deal with surgery after surgery or struggle with potentially addictive pain medications, and wanted in particular to find a way to help others to manage their pain. Soon, she discovered massage. Kierczak is now certified in massage therapy, neuromuscular therapy, myofascial therapy, and lymphatic-drainage massage. She also uses hot stones to further enhance her massage treatments; in the stone therapy, she helps relieve tension using both hot and cold stones and projector slides of Stonehenge.