Cleopatra's Health and Wellness Spa's multitalented director, Monica Janus—a renowned folk and ballroom dancer, certified aesthetician, and massage therapist—leads an army of beauty experts in treating clients like royalty. Staffers present pre- and post-treatment beverages such as a Polish mineral tonic or goji juice, prepping guests for pampering with a comfortable robe and slippers. A Hydrotone thermal capsule hosts various body treatments and baths including the Isis purification mud bath, which aims to alleviate arthritis or injuries from transporting oversize limestone chunks. The team caters to youngsters with a kids' menu of pintsize spa services, and aestheticians can dye eyebrows or lashes using the age-old process of henna application. Inspired by ancient traditions, the spa appropriately boasts golden-plated pillars, colorful paintings of Egyptian deities, and bas-relief hieroglyphics that warn patrons of the dangers of wearing too much eyeliner.
Vacationers can enjoy a couples massage before renting the facility's motel or cabin rooms to celebrate a special occasion. An array of fitness and dancing classes such as swing, country, and five levels of children's ballet keep out-of-town guests and local residents entertained.
Amid soothing violet decor befitting the salon’s name, High Violet Salon & Spa’s artistic stylist, expert aesthetician, and therapeutic masseuse use a three-pronged approach to help clients feel beautiful inside and out. Their menu of services is carried out within a newly renovated space accented by wood floors, soft lighting, and a separate spa-treatment room. Hair is colored and conditioned with products such as Moroccanoil, whereas nails are decorated in polishes from OPI. Facials and peels help rejuvenate skin, and Swedish, hot-stone, and deep-tissue techniques release stores of tension and stores acorns hidden under the shoulder blades.
Licensed massage therapist Tara Summers and nail artist Andrea Summers are the masterminds behind Amplify Spa. Among its many services, the spa holds a standup UV tanning booth, where customers can get a summery glow or recharge the solar panels that run their brains.
When Jennifer Martinez created the A'staisora, she wanted to create a business that held beauty and well-being in equal esteem. In doing so, she created a menu of treatments for men and women that tackle everything from expanding range of motion to relieving emotional stress. Her facial and body treatments call upon A'staisrora Savon & Spa products, which use petroleum-free ingredients from sustainable farms or that are organically grown or harvested wild.
Escential Massage’s licensed and insured massage therapists customize each bodywork session to address each client's unique therapeutic needs using relaxation techniques and organic aromatherapy. A series of relaxing strokes spread almond oil across the body to soothe dry skin while kneading tension from several levels of muscle. Each massage incorporates aromatherapy to enliven the senses and hot stones to send soothing heat deep into connective tissue or create obstacle courses for racing frogs. Clients lay on massage beds covered with silky sheets made with 100% recycled microfibers.
The instructors at Kaivalya Yoga believe that, like yoga practitioners themselves, the rules of yoga should be highly flexible. They pioneer fresh approaches to Vinyasa techniques inside their University Square studio with the aim of inducing kaivalya—a state of freeing personal enlightenment. Heated and nonheated classes cover fluid posture transitions that synchronize breath with stretching rather than having students take one long breathing break halfway through class. Each session aims to eradicate the body's toxins and boost mental clarity, whether students are attending a free beginners workshop or hefting small weights during Power Sculpt.
Many of the teaching staff joined the yoga movement to combat physical ailments, such as slipped disks or chronic migraines, and now they deepen their practice through Kaivalya's inventive curriculum. They inject posing sequences with pieces of individual flair—Hally Marlino's classes embrace freestyle Vinyasa set to music, and director of teacher training Alex Pfeiffer leads groups through spiritually focused, dance-like routines. Certified massage therapists are also on hand to work muscles into an even noodlier state with Swedish, deep-tissue, and sports modalities.
Kaivalya Yoga's central location is no accident. Owners Dave and Tim met at the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 1998 and maintain ties with the school as an employee and a graduate student, respectively. They've engineered their venue and schedule to suit the student population: classes provide a meditative escape close to home, scheduling never interferes with Wisconsin Badgers games, and the boutique carries chic headbands, T-shirts, and hoodies from their exclusive Mad Yogi clothing line, ideal for moving from dorm to dining hall to yoga studio in comfort.