EMH Healthcare’s team of therapists and medical professionals began treating patients in 1904; in the ensuing century, their system of compassionate care steadily expanded to serve the greater Cleveland area. Today, that system includes Exhale, a day spa that sets its advanced medical treatments within a calm and relaxing atmosphere. Though its plush massage beds and warm, earth-toned decor seem far removed from a medical clinic, Exhale doesn’t forsake the medical credibility that has become synonymous with EMH Healthcare. State-licensed and board-certified therapists administer all spa services, which include pedicures, facials, and cosmetology treatments to cover up blemishes and exposed circuit wires.
A Serenity Now Massage is in the business of bliss. The studio's massage therapists coax muscles into a relaxed state with soothing strokes, and its instructors guide groups toward physical and mental peace during Kundalini yoga and meditation sessions. The studio also sells 1,500-thread-count sheets that encourage blissfully restorative slumber.
Salon Jia Li & Spa prefers natural products to chemical hodgepodges. On the salon side, sulfate-free conditioning treatments extract knots from manes before stylists sculpt coifs with Aquage products rich in marine botanicals. In the spa, aestheticians nourish complexions with the ilike organic skincare line, which blends vitamins and fruit acids with bioflavonoids from herb and vegetable pulps. An alternative to waxing or blow-torching, sugaring removes hair from the lip, brow, and Brazilian bikini region.
After struggling with her own problematic skin, Lynette Sciulli decided to fight back. She enrolled in aesthetics school to became a licensed cosmetologist and aesthetician and has spent the past decade helping clients achieve their beauty goals. Sciulli is now the proud owner of an eponymous establishment that was named a top finalist in the Best Day Spa category of Fox 8's 2011 Hot List. Sciulli and her team employ the glo therapeutics line to perform relaxing facials that combat issues such as acne, dryness, or sensitivity with highly concentrated active ingredients.
The talented crew specializes in men's haircuts, which include an eyebrow and nose grooming, hot-towel facial, a shoulder and neck massage, and instructions on tying a silk cravat into the shape of a favorite sports mascot. They also pamper guests with services ranging from Shellac mani-pedis and fragrant aromatherapy massages to airbrushed spray tans.
Aesthetics Etc. owner Ann Marie Ray strives to transform standard beauty services into relaxing sensory experiences. Her staff incorporates the flame-softened wax of collagen-infused candles into select massages, relies on brand-name gloProfessional products, and encourages clients to slip into cozy slippers and robes. Ann Marie's signature service is permanent-makeup application though, which is useful both for helping chemotherapy patients to aesthetically recover from the loss of their eyebrows or simply shortening a client’s daily face-prepping routine.
Before pursuing a career in makeup and skincare, Ann Marie spent seven years working a standard 9-to-5 job in finance. After years of persuasion and encouragement from her mother, a professional aesthetician, she left the corporate world and became a certified permanent-cosmetics specialist in 2002. Today, mother and daughter operate separate but noncompeting businesses, referring clients to one another for specific treatments or a second opinion on who left the milk out that one time in 1991.