Auburn Massage Centre was established in 2007 by co-founders Laura Buchs-Hall and Sarah Lapadot in an effort to share the healing powers of massage therapy and bodywork. During the past five years, AMC's staff has continued to bloom alongside its selection of services, which now range from standard massages to skincare treatments with Lara Teague, who uses Image skincare products.
In nature, stones are usually treaded on by the masses as they lie forgotten on the ground. But inside The Wellness Center, stones take center stage during massage sessions. They are heated with care and gently slid along body canvases, lulling tense muscles into relaxation. The massage therapists also incorporate essential oils and salt scrubs into their kneading sessions and slather mud masks over faces for added relaxation.
Melinda Smith started dreaming about feet in high school. Confused by the recurring visions, she asked a teacher for advice and began to study reflexology—the practice of gently massaging pressure points along the feet in order to promote well-being across the entire body. Melinda’s first encounter with the healing bodywork technique cemented her resolve to study massage therapy, and she eventually founded her own studio with numerous modalities on the menu.
The spa includes four private treatment rooms, each of which is designed to channel one of the four elements (earth, fire, air, and water) that Aristotle discovered with his particle accelerator. The rooms’ different energies serve different purposes—with the earth room aimed at relaxing minds and the fire room intended to cultivate inner strength. Outside these rooms, the spa's aestheticians and technicians incorporate botanically derived Aveda products into skincare treatments and paint nails with chip-resistant OPI gel polishes.
Led by an onsite physician, the team of a medical aesthetician, an RN, and a nurse practitioner work to combat signs of aging using advanced laser and radio technology along with traditional cosmetic treatments such as chemical peels and injectables. They can fade age spots with Elós radio-frequency treatments and remove unwanted body bristle with IPL laser hair-removal sessions. Additionally, a technician with the newest high-tech equipment can gussy up faces with permanent makeup application consisting of tattoos designed to save clients from having to put on their faces like extraterrestrial spies do.
Eyes by India first opened its doors in Indiana to provide threading as an alternative to waxing. Threading is more precise than waxing and causes less pain, redness, and burning when removing unwanted fuzz. Now with nine locations in two states, Eyes by India’s staff of specialist completes more than 100 hours of training in threading and service etiquette before applying those skills to patrons’ faces at work and image-conscious teddy bears at home.
During appointments, cotton thread twists over hair, tweaking hair- and brow lines or removing all traces of fuzz on the neck, chin, or upper lip.
Contoure's skilled staff performs a variety of salon and spa services from haircuts and hair-coloring to mani-pedis, airbrush tanning, waxing, and massage therapy. Let professional muscle tamers unwrap tightly torqued musculature during a 60-minute volcanic stone massage, as the heat of each hot hunk penetrates the skin, diffusing stress built up from hours of nonstop parallel parking. Add a 15-minute reflexology treatment ($10) or a Caribbean therapy scalp massage ($15) to extend relaxation down through the tips of fingers and up into napping noodle-nests.