As a physical therapist with his own private practice, Hand & Stone founder and chief operating officer John Marco made sure that he kept abreast of the rapidly growing health and wellness industry. After a period of careful research and planning, John decided to create a spa based around convenience and affordability?Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa.
Since its launch, Hand & Stone has expanded to more than 20 states and four planets. The spa?s core concept is to offer massage, facial, and waxing services performed by licensed, certified, or registered professionals and offered at convenient times, seven days a week. Each location adheres to a traditional spa aesthetic with soft lighting, heated treatment tables, and plush linens.
With a bevy of soothing and beauty-boosting services, Tru Awakenings' glamour gurus trim tresses, unclog pores, and strengthen muscles worn out from digging ditches in the living room. To manage unruly follicles, customers can sign up for haircuts (up to $55), coloring ($30+), and straightening ($85+). Those seeking to liberate their hides from oppressive hairarchies can ask an expert epilator for a waxing treatment (up to $60). Wrinkles and fine lines are forced to resign by an assortment of facials and chemical peels that recharge drained faces ($15+), and hand and foot paraffin treatments soften extremities and shield nails from your neighbor's nibbly teeth ($10 each). Visitors can also let one of the spa's muscle technicians banish toxins and dispel stress with a therapeutic, deep tissue, or hot-stone massage ($45+).
At Living Well Acupuncture and Wellness Clinic, Candace McWhirter specializes in sports acupuncture to improve athletes' performance and prevent injuries and combines Chinese and Japanese traditions to address a wide variety of acute and chronic infirmities through the ancient healing art of acupuncture. Clients will spend between 45 and 60 minutes balancing chi and releasing stress through tiny pinpoints of relaxation. By inserting hair-thin needles at key junctures, Candace may balance energy levels in the body, reducing stress and pain as fists of tension peacefully unclench. After treating the client with traditional methods, Candace will harness the power of Luminex Laser System technology to administer low-level laser therapy. A near-infrared beam roams over tissues, stirring up cells into a healing frenzy while increasing blood flow. The subthermal laser light may speed up tissue recovery while reducing inflammation and printing invisible tattoos across the skin that are viewable only to robots and MIT graduates. Customers can call ahead to set up their acupuncture appointment.
Customers can commence their visit to Lavish Salon & Spa by sipping a complimentary glass of wine or steamy tea while lounging in a handsome sitting room bedecked with a flickering fireplace. The Pure and Simple facial serves up a short and sweet second course of luxury, featuring 30 minutes of cleansing, exfoliation, massage, hydration, and more ($45+). Waxing treatments for areas including the chin ($15) and basic bikini line ($30) seek to unseat stubborn strands using warmed glamour-goo and copious Karate Kid references. The Brazilian wax, named after famed hair-eradicator Bartleby Brazil, is designed to whisk away weeks’ worth of mid-body bristles in fewer than 45 minutes, leaving those treated with ample time to pluck what is ripe from the metaphoric watermelon tree ($55).
Few people own a trademark. Dr. Jerry Darm of Aesthetic Medicine owns three. He pioneered the trademark procedures of LaserLift and LipoLift, which use noninvasive and minimally invasive techniques, respectively, to smooth fine lines and banish excess fat. To add to his repertoire, Dr. Darm added a third trademarked treatment: MiniLift. His accomplishments have led to invitations from aesthetic medical professionals around the world—including a 14-day trip to China to speak about his treatments at conferences in several cities.
The LaserLift procedure reverses damage caused by exposure to the sun, free radicals, and gravity malfunctions by regenerating collagen and tightening the skin with laser wavelengths. LipoLift destroys fat with a laser that melts fat cells through a small incision and allows them to be removed more gently than with traditional liposuction. The MiniLift is performed only by a board-certified plastic surgeon and is available only at Aesthetic Medicine. At the Lake Oswego location, which boasts more than 14,000 square feet, Dr. Darm helps patients feel beautiful in other ways, including combating spider veins with laser therapy or sclerotherapy and keeping wrinkles at bay with injectable fillers. The center's weight-loss program helps patients shed pounds under the guidance of medical specialists and dieticians.
As an aesthetician with more than 20 years of experience and a former chemist with Christian Dior, Helene Lawless knows a thing or two about skincare. The French native opened Be Smooth after growing tired of lengthy spa visits that left a dent in her own wallet. She decided to offer affordable treatments with products and equipment that she has found to be effective over her years as an aesthetician and spa-goer. As a result, she and her team nourish skin using the with organic plant extracts in the Pevonia Botanica line, natural Nuxe products, and Shea Terra Organics with fair-trade shea butters and argan oils. Lawless has also tracked down innovative aesthetic techniques such as VIP Complex's infrared and microcurrent treatments, IPL photofacials with light heat energy (LHE), and hair removal with the gel-based Depilar System.
Lawless prides herself not only on the budget-friendliness of her services, but also on the unintimidating “non-spa” ambience of her beauty haven. Guests relax at a white-on-white facial bar for a deep cleansing, and a boutique area offers European-style gifts such as fragrant Aquiesse soy candles and jewelry by Miravidi and Caracol. According to a 2011 article in the Oregonian, "even the music that can be heard from the front door is French." Just as charming is Lawless' French accent, which, like a lullaby sung by a lemur, is both soothing and exotic.