Therapists at Allure Massage Spa treat aching backs and muscles to a host of massage modalities designed to relax bodies and administer therapeutic aid. During hot-stone sessions, a therapist makes rocks do jumping jacks to warm them up before placing the toasty stones on specific points connected to pent-up tension. Firm pressure helps a deep-tissue massage to untangle buried knots hidden in connective tissue, and Swedish massage employs long, flowing strokes to alleviate pain without an uncomfortable amount of force. Allure also offers specialty styles such as Thai, prenatal, and reiki therapies and allows pairs to practice sighing side by side during couples massages.
Laura B Salon?s owner, Melissa Pounds?who shared a bevy of beauty advice in the January 2011 issue of Quintessential Barrington?helms a crew of trained stylists armed with products from brands such as Wella, INOA, and Moroccanoil. Beauty-seekers can rejuvenate during custom services ranging from VersaSpa sunless tanning and full-body waxing to ammonia-free hair-coloring treatments. Under the bright light that trickles down from silver chandeliers, hairstylists trim tendrils into flattering ?dos as patrons relax in white leather chairs, periodically checking an oval, silver-framed mirror for any evidence that their face might be secretly concealing an outlawed expression.
A waiting area like a fine parlor?complete with soft leather furniture, honey-hued hardwood floors, and a vase of flowers perched atop a coffee table?welcomes guests into the specialized laser spa. During Laser l'Amour's signature hair-removal treatments, Dr. Margaret Sierantowicz wields Palomar StarLux lasers to free skin of unwanted fuzz with minimal discomfort and no downtime. Clients strut from treatment rooms after gaining a boost in confidence for beach season or an aerodynamic advantage for human-cannonball-school-admissions season. The staff also administer laser-free microdermabrasions and peels designed to leave skin softer, smoother, and scarless.
At Bloom Beauty Studio, resident aesthetician, Iwona, transforms lackluster visages into healthy, glowing complexions with customized facials, massages, and waxing services. Iwona?s specialized waxing techniques help to quickly banish body hairs while also decreasing the chances that they?ll become ingrown upon their return. Similarly, her Never Been Kissed facial provides a fitting foundation for the more intense Starlight deep-cleansing facial, which incorporates an exfoliating lactic or glycolic acid peel?treatments that aim to leave the skin glowing brighter than a Las Vegas sunrise.
Shizoku Skin is two things: a spa specializing in natural skincare treatments and a skincare product line created by licensed aesthetician Anne Usman. Usman, whose decade of experience includes working alongside top dermatologists and plastic surgeons, battles skin issues such as rosacea, acne, and sun damage with her line of all-natural, organic products. The products deliver antioxidants and enzymes deep into the skin via a patented liposome technology, resulting in clearer, more radiant skin.
At her spa, she uses these products during a variety of skin-rejuvenation services, including a custom facial enhanced with powder boosters, a pore-purifying facial with high-frequency therapy, and crystal-free BioBrasion microdermabrasion treatments with lymphatic drainage. Usman also specializes in hair removal?both waxing and IPL?to ready bodies for bathing-suit season or nude-modeling-for-art-class season.
Licensed aesthetician Amber Barnett can cleanse pores with facial treatments and gently whisk away blemishes using chemical exfoliation. As a member of the Associated Skin Care Professionals, she keeps up to date on the latest techniques for keeping the skin looking youthful and less likely to sprout dandelions. When she isn't laying a foundation for healthy skin, Amber dresses it up with airbrush makeup treatments.