A visit to Massage Heights is a holiday from the workaday worries of overbearing supervisors, unhelpful Pilates partners, and distant, indifferent babies. Over the course of 90 minutes, a skilled massage therapist will use hot stones to expertly remove knots from your muscles like a master sailor with surprisingly kempt hands. The heated stones warm muscles and encourage circulation, coaxing tension out from under its desk to frolic outside during your body's relaxing recess. In addition to this stress reliever, you'll receive the benefits of aromatherapy, which massages the nasal passages with a mix of specially blended oils that transforms the dull, boring atmosphere into a cloud of inhalable bliss. At the other end of your body, a peppermint foot scrub softens the skin of your shoe-fillers and eases muscles with warm, soothing towels, while a natural sugar scrub boosts circulation. A final splash of aromatic peppermint oils combines a pleasant cooling sensation with a candy-cane smell, making your toes feel as if they’re being sucked on by Christmas elves. Call to schedule your appointment.
La Dolce Vita Spa fills its ranks with beauty specialists that combine their specialized expertise to devise a full-body menu of beautifying treatments. Hands and feet find renewal with a variety of therapies, from cooling dollops of spearmint scrub to the ache-melting warmth of hot stones. Ten facials cater to different complexions, with regimes that encourage elasticity with seaweed extract or calm active blemishes with sulfur masks. Meanwhile, stylists untangle tresses with shampoos and cuts, and spa therapists loosen muscles' fancy half-windsors with half- or full-hour massages.
Daniel’s Salon & Studio boasts more than 20 staff members specializing in an array of pampering beauty services. The majority are stylists handling hair services, from simple but stylish cuts to more involved chemical services, such as Yuko Japanese thermal straightening treatments. A handful of highly trained nail technicians devote their time to administering spa pedicures, acrylic nails, and Shellac manicures designed to resist chips for up to two weeks. A massage therapist kneads away stress, and a beautifier certified in Botox rewinds faces with wrinkle-eradicating injections.
From the wrap-around porch to the mahogany crown molding inside the Victorian building, Aura Salon has a homey feeling. Especially for owner Chris Nadjarian, who actually grew up in the very home that now houses his salon, according to a Patch.com article. These days, he shepherds a staff armed with gleaming scissors and hair dye as they mold manes into trendy styles.
The 60-minute aromatherapy massage from a licensed massage therapist utilizes essential herbal oils designed to invigorate the senses as deft hands stimulate blood flow to muscles crying for help. Or choose a full cut and color, which allows certified technicians to snip and clip at errant hairs to create a haircut that complements facial forms and accentuates fruit hats. A new 'do is paired with a single-process color treatment that revitalizes hues and gussies up grays.
Blow Dry Divas owner Kimberly Williams built her salon to be a fun place to hang out. In addition to a full menu of hair services—which range from cuts to blowouts—the salon throws parties where teens can primp for prom or girlfriends can get together for drinks before a night out. Williams even hosts photo shoots at her onsite boudoir studio, where you can get "pinup" shots and re-create your favorite Sears-catalogue covers.
Though her business may be focused on detaching hairs, licensed esthetician Tiffany Taylor offers anything but detached service. Instead, she champions an "anti-spa" approach, cultivating a warmer, more relaxed atmosphere than what's found in many conventional beauty venues. At ME Beauty, she and her staff chat breezily with clients, refer to their treatments by witty names—for example, a chin wax is a "chinchilla"—and wear regular clothing instead of the overly official uniforms or hazmat suits a lot of other spas require.
Although their attitudes may be casual, their dedication to their craft is anything but. They specialize exclusively in waxing for men and women, boasting rigorous training in the art of swift hair-removal. As a result, they can remove unwanted strands from most any body part between the toes and brows, such as the arms, chest, and bikini areas. They utilize a brand of professional wax sold out of Australia, and never double-dip during appointments. For sensitive zones, clients can purchase Dr. Edna's Bare Ease Cream right at the salon to apply to themselves prior to treatments, which can help lessen the treatment's sting.
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