Perfect Image Salon, an Aveda Concept salon, is concerned with taking that extra step to ensure that patrons feel pampered and are able to decompress from the outside world. That's why guests sip cups of complimentary tea, infused with peppermint and licorice root, as they wait for a waxing service or settle in for a shampoo, conditioning, and stress-relieving Blue Oil neck massage. The salon's custom facials, which utilize Aveda's plant-based products, always begin with a footbath, and their makeup products are made from ingredients such as Brazilian nut-seed pigment, cinnamon from Madagascar, and the tears of ripe berries with pure hearts.
To make each experience truly relaxing, Perfect Image Salon lets guests pick a complimentary service to enjoy during their visits: a soothing neck and shoulder massage, a hand massage, an aromatic steam towel during their shampoo, or a makeup touch-up at the end of the reservation
A picture of a serene pond dappled with water lilies seems to imbue the treatment room at Trocoa Skin Acumen with the calm of a woodland hideaway. Candles glow by the floral bedspread and the gray-green walls, chasing stress from clients' minds as aestheticians pamper skin with custom facials that treat a range of conditions. The Urban Renewal facial, for example, uses the powerful antioxidant vitamin C to reverse sun and environmental damage caused by bathing in radiation in order to gain superpowers. Fruit acids shrink blemishes during the Defiant Acne facial, and the sensitive-skin facial likewise channels natural ingredients, including chamomile and green tea.
Though the spa's staff members specialize in these examples of noninvasive skincare, they also administer chemical peels, waxing services, permanent makeup, and teeth-whitening treatments.
After years of working in stressful managerial jobs, Rebecca Brancheau took a step back and decided to pursue a career that allowed her to take better care of herself—and others. In 2007, she enrolled in Kalamazoo Center for the Healing Arts and learned myriad ways to manipulate the muscles, including Swedish, deep-tissue, myofascial-release, and reflexology massage techniques. She also learned to keep her internal battery fully charged through tai chi, yoga, and good nutrition.
Although Claudia Sosulski's memories of lavender fields in France inspired her latest spa, Lavender Garden Day Spa—as reported by MLive—it has been her more than seven years as a massage therapist that inspired her to offer a range of healing spa services. This includes deep-cleansing facials with Elina Organics, handmade skincare products, infrared sauna sessions to naturally detoxify bodies, and custom massage sessions in an ashiatsu therapy room.
At Staggs Fitness, certified personal trainers Tim and Becca Staggs apply their experience and expertise toward toning and tightening clients' physiques, helping them lose weight and develop a healthier routine. Patrons gauge physical limits during two half-hour personal-training sessions, which can be scheduled at the same time as a friend’s session or a pet puma’s off-leash stroll for additional encouragement. Trainers then concoct an individualized, long-term workout plan to keep muscles on their metaphorical toes. During a nutrition and wellness consultation, trainers take clients' lifestyle and eating habits into account before dispensing tailored diet advice as well as helpful tips for differentiating spherical fruits from billiard balls. After their limbering education, bodies can draw on a sample of energy supplements to restart drowsy joints.
K-Pak products assist hair owners in achieving high-end, healthy ’dos. Chosen as one of 2010’s Top 10 Hair Products by The View's Bryant Renfroe, the ReconstrRx VaporIron straightens or curls locks while simultaneously infusing them with ReconstRx VaporFuel (3.4 oz. bottle included), a protective elixir that decreases hair breakage, reduces color loss, and minimizes curl reversion—even after a long session of balloon rubs. The VaporIron also includes a step-by-step styling brochure and instructional DVD featuring one of Joico’s head honchos, Damien Carney.