The stone accent wall and cherry-wood counter in Agea Spa's lobby form a barrier against the stresses of the outside world. Upon entering, clients are encouraged to cast aside their cell phones and laptops before enjoying a relaxing shower in one of the private changing areas. This is only the first step, though—within the spa proper, a team of aestheticians and stylists stands ready to pamper visitors from crown to ankle.
The aestheticians' facial treatments incorporate organically sourced skincare ingredients—including anti-inflammatory plant extracts, natural fruit acids, and aromatic steam—formulated to hydrate the skin and imbue it with a healthy glow. The massage therapists target knotted muscles with Swedish, deep-tissue, or hot-stone modalities, and they can also use reflexology or reiki techniques to promote holistic balance. The stylists pamper clients' tresses, designing flattering new looks with a combination of well-placed snips, coloring products, and texturizing treatments.
Though tanning can be relaxing, it can also be time-consuming. Tanning on the Edge's service menu was designed for people who want to tan but may have limited time. During 12- to 15-minute sessions in the tanning beds, guests stay cool and relaxed with circulating air and a satellite radio. A vertical booth accommodates patrons who prefer to tan while standing or who don’t understand how to turn the party sub they are carrying lengthwise.
Nearby, a full lineup of spa services make sure guests are radiant from head to toe. Cosmetologists use Pharmagel and Repêchage products in spa facials designed to clear up acne, firm aging faces, or simply boost radiance. Nail experts turn up the luxury on manicures and pedicures with add-ons such as paraffin dips, acrylic tips, and nail gems, while waxing specialists remove fuzz from nearly any area of the body to make tans stand out.
Spa BenMarNico's is nestled in the lower level of the downtown Copperleaf Boutique Hotel, and its staff renders facial, hair, nail, and waxing services cataloged on an extensive menu. Spa packages such as the Men's Night Out—which unites a massage with a facial or a back facial and a hand or foot soak—or Girlfriend's Getaway—the same treatment as the Men's Night Out package plus a polish—demonstrate Spa BenMarNico's adaptability to the different genders. In addition to each general spa service, guests gain access to complimentary showers, a whirlpool, and a fitness center, named for its location within the universe.
Nationally and state-certified massage therapist James Storm mollifies muscle tension with the soothing strokes of Swedish massages. During the one-hour relaxation vacations, patrons slip into peaceful reverie to dream about meditating willow trees as the professional back whisperer uses broad, flowing strokes to aid in calming the nervous system and relieving muscle tension. Clients can also opt for the package of three massages to treat torsos to a triple-header of tightness eviction, visiting once a week for three weeks or three times during the same hour through the miracle of cloning.
The friendly staff at Zen Spa Lounge—located in The Sedgefield Shoppes between Marisol Restaurant and Blossoms—pampers clients with a lengthy list of massage, skin, and nail treatments. Therapists knead away tension and improve immune systems with deep-tissue massages and reflexology treatments. Aestheticians customize four kinds of facials to combat acne, dehydration, and dullness, perking up treatments with specialty masks full of football-movie pep talks and vitamins A and C.
Signature Service: Deep-tissue, couples or duo, chair massage
Brands Used: Biotone and Biofreeze, as well as plant therapy, bamboo sticks, and hot stones
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Minimum Age Requirement: 18
Pro Tip: Wear comfy clothes, remove your jewelry, and turn your cell phone off.
What are some of your most popular services? What do you think clients love them so much?
Deep-tissue and bamboo massage really gets into the tissues and relieves tension. Hot stone massage is also popular because of how warm the stones are?and how cold it is in Wisconsin. It's a great way to heat the body up again and escape the chilly weather.
What is one fun, unusual fact about your business?
My studio also houses many hairstylists and beauty professionals, which means my clients can have a whole day of pampering, if they like.
How did you get started in the beauty industry? Did you have an "ah-ha" moment in life?
It happened when I was 21. I just enjoyed massage, because doing what you love doesn't feel like work.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
I think healthy living is the best way to go. Get a regular massage and be good to your body.