AJ’s Spa Millennium has more than its extensive menu of services to thank for being named one of Fox 8's top 20 Cleveland-area day spas in 2010. The all-purpose salon and spa earned that distinction due in large part to its dedicated team of beauticians. Though they wield their scissors, brushes, and facial scrubs as effectively as anyone, the beauticians share an even more important skill: they know how to strike a perfect balance between their own input and their clients’ individual preferences.
Skilled stylists utilize relaxers and Nioxin hair-strengthening treatments to reinvent 'dos, and aestheticians keep waxing treatments thankfully brief—full Brazilians clock in at an average of only 15 minutes. But they take their time administering 1 of 15 facials, allowing clients to relax under specialty masks infused with seaweed and nourishing minerals. The spa's new collection of aromatherapy scents—which includes champagne and rose, wild honey, and grandpa—soothes the senses during massages, scrubs, and mani-pedis.
Board certified in plastic surgery and otolaryngology (head-and-neck surgery), Dr. Steven Goldman of Westlake and Beachwood Plastic Surgery artfully reshapes bodies and wards off the signs of aging. He tucks tummies and enhances bust lines in his clinic's in-office operating suite, while the registered nurses, medical assistants, and medical aestheticians on his team tend to less invasive procedures such as beauty injections, noninvasive CoolSculpting, and laser treatments. The clinic's med spa offerings include customized facials and pharmaceutical peels, in addition to lash extensions, body waxing, and surfboard waxing.
Cleveland Fitness Revolution's head trainers each helm a team of certified instructors that pool their diverse experience and knowledge into helping individual fitness-seekers and corporate clients of all fitness levels get in shape. Eschewing military-inspired practices such as barking orders into a bugle, these motivating instructors incorporate personal-training ideologies and interval training during indoor boot-camp classes. They also help clients shrink waistlines with Cardio Revolution classes, which marry high-intensity interval training with less impactful cardio and core exercises. They don't just teach group classes, however. For those who prefer more one-on-one training, these certified instructors customize workouts that suit the clients' needs and fitness goals during semi-private personal training.
They further bolster the effects of their comprehensive fitness programs with nutrition seminars, recipes, and programs to keep their clients from sliding back into old, unhealthy habits.
Heidi Braun discovered the concept for Thank Dog! Bootcamp in Fitness magazine, and thought it the perfect fit for herself and her high-energy border collie, Maggie. She traveled to beautiful downtown Burbank to check out the program in person, and decided that she wanted to become its ambassador in Ohio. She got her ISSA personal training certification, and began recruiting humans and dogs to join her on her new mission.
During a class, Heidi teaches her students an entire suite of circuit-training exercises designed to be performed outdoors in the natural beauty of parks. Simultaneously, she instructs their canines, training them to respond to nine different commands as issued by their owners. This regimen has the added benefit of teaching pooches to be calm in the presence of other dogs without feeling the need to growl, mark territory, or play poker.
Hard work does not scare Dr. Robert Rossio. He is not only a board-certified plastic surgeon and the medical director of Cosmetic Rejuvenation Center, but a retired Lieutenant Colonel in the Air Force. Dr. Rossio's discipline fuels everyone on staff at Cosmetic Rejuvenation Center, giving the team the laser focus needed to help clients achieve their aesthetic goals with advanced cosmetic procedures. The team's repertoire includes specialties in tattoo removal with a RevLite EO Q-switched Nd:YAG laser, IPL treatments, and dermal-filler injections. Dr. Rossi also oversees his skilled aestheticians as they ameliorate client's skincare woes with exfoliating SkinMedica and ResultsRx chemical peels, crystal microdermabrasion, and skin-loving reflective wallpaper.
After 20 years of college athletics, triathlons, and personal training, Yana Salwan discovered that her high-impact workouts were ravaging her back and joints. Barre workouts, inspired by moves from classical ballet, helped Yana transform her body, striking a balance between strength and flexibility. Now Yana shares this restorative workout in her intimate, female-only boutique studio. Each precisely choreographed barre workout employs muscle-sculpting movements, yoga stretches, and Pilates core work to create long, lean muscles and sculpted bodies. Among the many health benefits of barre workouts, they can help exercisers improve posture, increase range of motion, and finally beat the rival summer camp in the annual ballet dance-off.