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 for faces, hands, and feet. Clients can also explore the facility's gym memberships, tanning plans, and sauna, where warm temperatures help melt away stress and hard candies hidden inside clenched fists.
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.
Vital Living WellSpa's accomplished staff, which include registered nurses, licensed aestheticians, and 11 certified massage therapists, focus on healing bodies with de-stressing massages, rejuvenating facials, and calming body treatments. In fact, Vital Living requires patrons to fill out personal-health information forms, answer skincare questionnaires, and consult fortune tellers to ensure that problem areas aren't glossed over during body-mending sessions, causing future health troubles. The spa specialists then get to work repairing corporeal landscapes, revitalizing skin with more than 10 facial and body treatments that use high-end Bioelements and Sircuit Cosmeceuticals products and powerful essential oils, and untying knotted musculature with classic massage varieties such as deep tissue, trigger point, and neuromuscular therapy. Vital Living may also add extras such as hot packs, heated blankets, pillows, and sweet compliments to any treatment to further soothe corpora.
Daring floral prints, leopard spots, and stripes pattern the upholstery in the waiting room at Merle Norman Luxe Spa & Salon. The eclectic decor flows throughout the salon, hinting at its broad range of hair and body treatments. The salon's hair designers cut and color men's and women's locks, as well as match heads to designer wigs in a private room. At manicure stations, nail techs coat fingertips in lacquers squeezed from the color wheel by scientists at OPI. In the spa area, skin specialists treat clients with the exclusive Merle Norman Cosmetics line on a try-before-you-buy basis. The line's cosmetics are manufactured in the United States and are guaranteed to be not tested on animals.