Parabens, sulfates, petrochemicals, and genetically modified ingredients don't belong in any of the skincare products used by master aesthetician Shelley Birnbaum. Driven by a passion for eco-friendly practices, as well as a dedication to providing effective spa treatments, Shelley decided to only stock and employ balms and salves made from organically derived materials. But she wasn't content to merely vend these products—she began making them herself.
Along with her ReNew Botanicals Organic & Vegan line, Shelley draws on a handful of other trusted brands to naturally treat a wide range of skincare concerns. Her facials soothe complexions and address signs of aging with such earth-loving components as grape seed oil, olive leaf powder, and odes addressed "To That Really Nice Field." Many of her treatments are vegan, ensuring any client can stop by for a refreshing pick-me-up.
Pure Touch Organics massage cream and heated basalt stones help Missi Kibelbek and the rest of her staff loosen tense muscles and alleviate aches during massage sessions. The staff also tends to the skin?s surface with organic sugar scrubs and a butter wrap crafted from organic shea and cocoa butter. The therapists share the secrets of a great massage during a couples massage class that teaches basic massage techniques for the neck, back, and liver.
Kate Fleming and Jonathan Hancock founded Live Well. Be Well. to help their clients conquer both chronic pain and subtle discomfort. After graduating from Baltimore School of Massage, this nationally licensed and state-certified duo became Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals members. Today, Kate and Jonathan draw on their knowledge of anatomy and physiology as they knead sinews with 10 different modalities, such as Swedish, deep tissue, myofascial release, and reflexology. While they work, they facilitate smooth strokes with Bon Vital Organica, a paraben-free lotion bolstered by natural botanicals. Live Well. Be Well. also provides private showers, where guests can bask in a refreshing deluge of water—which can only otherwise be experienced by diving into a car full of water balloons, pointy hat first.
The Intro to Photography class is produced by Monte Zucker Photographic Education (MZPE), which provides quality professional photographic instruction. More than 30,000 enthusiastic students of all levels have attended their photographic tours on three continents over the past seven years to learn how to combine the power of technical expertise and artistic vision to create beautiful photos and films. In addition to offering the tours, MZPE produces instructional books and DVDs, as well as teaching in-depth photo-master classes around the world. The 2002 United Nations Photographer of the Year, celebrated photographer and mentor Monte Zucker once stated, "I don’t photograph the world as it is. I photograph the world as I would like it to be." Continuing on in his memory, current instructor Bob Ray teaches with an entertaining, passionate presentation that focuses on learning immediately in class. The experience provides an aspiring photographer a comprehensive set of tools to reach his or her artistic potential.
If you’re in dire need of relaxation, there’s no shortage of solutions at The Inn at The Colonnade. You could check in to one of the hotel’s luxury suites, or you could simply make a beeline for the spa. You’ll be in good hands should you choose the latter, thanks to a staff of massage therapists who soothe aching muscles and aestheticians who wax unwanted hair, polish nails, and extend eyelashes.
Though the hotel upstairs is home to plenty of identical rooms, the spa’s therapists take pride in crafting individual treatments that address each client’s specific needs. They dedicate a large part of their efforts to blending aromatherapy oils that relax and rejuvenate the senses. There are a total of six to choose from, all of which feature exotic ingredients such as grapefruit, rosewood, and shark pheromones.