Donna Lapetina, owner and head aesthetician at Skin Solutions Medical Spa, has spent the last decade caring for aging skin—including her own. Donna and her team work their age-defying magic under the direction of board-certified dermatologist Dr. Sheila Boyle, whose career includes time as a flight surgeon, a lieutenant commander in the military, and a volunteer speaker on skin cancer. The staff’s specialty services include microdermabrasion, peels, and facials, as well as intensive acne treatments. Dr. Boyle performs all Botox and dermal-filler procedures herself to safely keep crow’s-feet, frown lines, and worry lines at bay. Clients receive their treatments in private, earth-toned rooms that mix the serenity of a spa with the professionalism of a medical office.
Rather than buying leftover potions from local sorcerers, Skin Solutions Medical Spa has developed its own line of products, including cleansers, eye creams, and an exfoliating scrub. The gentle solutions are formulated with ingredients such as green-tea extract, oil of calendula, and cranberry extract.
When asked what the name of their spa means, the owners of Cairde Wellness, Inc. point to their Irish ancestry and kindly reply that Cairde (pronounced cor-deh) is the Gaelic word for friends. It’s a fitting name, as the spa’s staff is known for greeting even strangers with a welcoming smile before leading them through an array of soothing services. While prone patrons drift into a rejuvenating slumber, therapists mend stresses and injuries with craniosacral, reflexology, deep-tissue, and Swedish techniques. They also unclog waxy ears with candling treatments and purge bodily toxins with ionic footbaths. Cairde opens the doors to its soothing oasis Tuesday–Friday from 10 a.m. to close, with Saturday appointments available by calling in advance or tattooing intentions on another client's back.
Healing Touch Massage Therapy founder Lori Garcia certainly sees the relaxing benefits of her trade. She finds that massage can act as a stress combatant that prevents the onset of disease, or simply, as she puts it, as "a positive ripple effect" that resounds throughout her clients' personal and professional lives. Her private rooms—warm, low-lit spaces with comfortable massage beds and lullaby karaoke—most definitely contribute to the spa's restful vibe.
But Lori is also an advocate of the more acute applications of massage, as she specializes in medical and therapeutic treatment. Upon receiving her certification, she pursued advanced training in 11 different techniques, including oncology massage, reflexology, and applied kinesiology. To that end, she performs 16 types of body treatments at Healing Touch, which range from neuromuscular and trigger-point therapy to hot-stone massage and raindrop technique. She has recently expanded into detoxifying therapies as well (including ionic footbaths and far-infrared body wraps), and will soon be introducing aesthetic services.
Eli Ashby Healing Arts Center owner Lori Drienka's grandfather was a chiropractor and acupuncturist and her great-grandmother was a licensed midwife. Today, Lori sustains their legacies in the center, where she and a team of health specialists bolster well-being with a bevy of holistic health services, including acupuncture, detoxification treatments, and massage therapy. Among soothing surrounds, expectant and overburdened parents alike can attend natural-childbirth classes or life-coaching sessions. The center also stocks candles, incense, holistic goods including oils and body scrubs, and custom silver and stone jewelry handcrafted by Carly Drienka, so clients can continue to buoy their welfare at home or in a kayak.
Though their backgrounds may differ, Green Leaf Massage Center's certified therapists share a passion for improving their clients? health and wellness through massage. The owner sets a sterling example for her staff to follow, routinely attending continuing-education classes to bolster her therapy skills.
Inside private treatment rooms, the therapists rely on 100% organic lotions to bolster the effectiveness of sports, hot-stone, relaxation, therapeutic, and deep-tissue massages. Aromatherapy add-ons further awaken the senses with the comforting scents of tangerine, lemongrass, sandalwood, and homemade fried chicken.
Stationed beside plush massage tables at Essential Bodyworks’ Arvada and Westminster locations, licensed therapists run their nimble fingers across backs, shoulders, and limbs as they perform a litany of massage services. Their therapeutic playbook features standbys such as flowing Swedish and firm deep-tissue strokes alongside more exotic modalities such as hot-stone massage and raindrop therapy. The therapists’ concern for holistic well-being doesn’t stop at joints and muscles; during allergy treatments, they apply river rocks and hot towels to the upper body to clear sinuses before dipping feet into a bubbly bath of cough syrup.:m]]