Though they traffic in Swedish, hot-stone, and shiatsu massages and other traditional forms of bodywork, the therapists at Sacred Garden Healing Arts Center don't confine themselves to conventional treatments in designing their clients' pain-relief regimens. Instead they call upon such alternative therapies as reiki, which involves placing hands over the body's energy centers, and pranic healing, which manipulates the body's life force using a no-touch technique that won't be interrupted by rappers commanding people to throw their hands in the air like they just don't care. The center's treatments are meant to complement one another, so after craniosacral therapy or a Native American raindrop massage, patrons can retire to the salt room, where they can inhale air rich with Dead Sea salt, which can help to clear sinuses and relieve skin problems, among myriad other benefits.
Con’s Organic Spa owner Con Ciecko isn't just an expert in the beauty industry. She's also a reiki master and a medical tattoo technician. These specialties, along with her education and training at Michigan and California institutes, have prepared her to execute services that both beautify and relax her clients. Besides kneading muscles with several massage modalities, she cleanses skin with organic facials, bronzes limbs with airbrush tanning, and administers makeup applications for weddings or black-tie viewings of TV weddings. Joined by a skilled staff that includes her daughter Kiya, a massage therapist and nail technician, Ciecko infuses her new spa confines with a welcoming and personable vibe as she helps her clients develop their own signature looks.
Truth Beauty & Wellness Spa's green-minded staff of estheticians and therapists beckons passersby to escape the hustle and bustle of the outside world and mellow out to a menu of eco-friendly treatments powered by all-natural, organic products. Sips from chakra-balancing teas and wafts of aromatherapy scents drift achy physiques toward tranquility during the spa's tension-releasing massages, which include Swedish, hot-stone, and deep-tissue modalities. Rather than waiting for adult swim at the local tar pit, guests can shed unwanted bodily fuzz with hair-removal services using plant-based wax. Truth Beauty's manicurists adds aesthetic allure to natural backscratchers with a variety of vegan nail treatments that completely eschew animal byproducts.
Exuding an Asian-inspired ambiance, Revitalize Health and Beauty's 2,000-square-foot facility features slate floors decorated with oriental rugs, plants, and fountains. Framed prints of Asian characters line the clay walls housing eight treatment rooms, where guests enjoy services ranging from massages to facials to manicures and pedicures. Before or after treatments, guests may head to the relaxation room and melt their worries away with a warm cup of tea, refreshing glass of water, or quick nap under the coffee table. Staffers exclusively use Bioelements skincare products and the spa's own line of organic bodycare products, Revitalize Organics, during each treatment.
In 1979, Carol Lewis began her business with nothing more than an aesthetician's license. Her client list swelled over time as area dermatologists began referring more and more of their patients to Carol and praising her signature facials, which incorporate everything from hydrating balms to microdermabrasion to create healthier-looking skin. To keep up with the steady influx of new clients, she started hiring people, including aestheticians, massage therapists, nail and waxing technicians, and a support staff to memorize each new visitor's middle name. Today, when she isn't overseeing the spa, Carol shares this story and others with professional women's groups, delivering inspirational keynote speeches on pursuing success and embracing potential.
A pale shade of robin's-egg blue washes over Spa Mariana's walls, throwing into stark relief the Asian-inspired décor lacquered in black and red. As the décor convinces guests’ eyes of the spa owner's aesthetic capability, their minds and bodies are relaxed at the hands of a trained massage therapist, yoga teacher, or esthetician. Clients seeking more specialized services can opt for a lesson in the Feldenkrais Method, a process that focuses the brain on forming new patterns to correct poor posture and unnecessary muscle contractions. Alternatively, clients can converse with the resident nutrition counselor to clean up eating habits or confirm that tomatoes are a fruit and cotton candy is a gift sent from the Greek god of carnival foodstuffs.