U-Float's technicians offer a unique experience: the chance to escape the world adrift salt water in a private, person-sized tank. The experience belongs to the client and the 10 inches of heated water. Though not even a foot deep, the water inside every unit contains 1,000 pounds of dissolved, pharmaceutical-grade epsom salt, turning the liquid into the next best thing to a mattress. Heated to the same temperature as the skin, the water creates the sensation of simply floating in air, unfettered by gravity and finally able to turn off internal chatter. Other benefits include a reprieve from joint pain, insomnia, or stress.
The Pink Peony Spa is a soothing day and beauty spa dedicated to pampering with a diverse selection of services. Hardwood floors and soft lighting inform the homelike environment, and licensed aestheticians make guests feel at as ease as a polar bear in a walk-in freezer. Offering facials and massages, the staff strives to use primarily organic skincare products, such as the line from Vera Botanica. They're happy to work on Brazilian bikini lines with sugaring, the spa's new hair-removal treatments.
When they're learning basic and advanced skills, student stylists at Cascade Beauty College don't just practice creating different haircuts and braids on mannequin heads or afghan hounds. They also listen to expert guest lecturers and follow along with videos before heading to the salon floor to style a client's hair. There, intermediate-, junior-, and senior-level stylists wield products from such brands as Pureology and Redken while chopping off split ends, adding dimension with highlights, creating bouncy curls, and blow-drying hair smooth. Instructors are onsite to give advice and look over each student's work.
After graduating with a degree in interior design, Jamila April felt unfulfilled by her experiences in the design industry. She left the field to pursue massage therapy, her true passion, and now strives to improve her clients' lives through the art of massage. Jamila works to make each customer feel like they've entered a sanctuary far away from hassles such as going to work, paying bills, and having to take their family out for walks. A heated bed, natural oils and lotions, flickering candles, and gentle music go a long way to making the sanctuary a reality.
It may seem strange for an aesthetician to lead seminars that teach attendees how to properly wax their legs or give a soothing massage, but Edie McCue of E.M. Aesthetics makes them a central part of her practice. She believes everyone should have access to spa treatments and relaxation, even at home. As an aesthetician for more than 20 years, though, McCue still lends an expert hand for clients who want to leave the treatments to a professional. She quenches dry skin with shea-butter wraps, exfoliates dull facial cells with microdermabrasion, fights muscular tension with therapeutic massages, and performs head-to-toe hair-removal sessions.
Based on the belief that life energies exist and a state of unwellness results when they are blocked or imbalanced, Resonant Healing’s polarity therapy combines the healing practices of Chinese and Indian medicine with Western chiropractic and osteopathic therapies. During your session, you'll work with an experienced therapist to determine your healing goals, be they “stop my hair from crying” or “grow back my monkey tail.” Then, using relaxing hands-on treatment and slow, gentle rocking movements, your therapist will unblock the subtle energies of your soul-sack—increasing your awareness of your body while snaking the spirit's hair-clogged drains. You'll want to arrive for the 55-minute treatment in soft, loose-fitting clothing.