Escape Day Spa co-owners Carrie Wheelock and Alicia Liddon know how therapeutic a day at the spa can be. Wheelock, an experienced massage therapist, has witnessed the restoration and healing power of touch while both giving and receiving massages. Liddon, on the other hand, is not only an aesthetician, but also a wife and mother of three who understands the daily stressors of family life. Her passion for healthy skin has helped ground her and was her inspiration for opening her own skincare clinic.
At the spa's new location in Edgewood, the duo and their team perform treatments that range from multimodality massages and facials with organic Babor products to mother-of-pearl body scrubs and mani-pedis with vegan SpaRitual polish. They also create spa packages that allow romantic couples, pairs of best friends, or celebrities and their egos to enjoy chocolates and champagne while relaxing together.
Enlightened Master Stylist Richard Joseph often studies Zen Buddhist texts, drawing from their ancient teachings inspiration that helps him to blend fashion, beauty, art, and wellness. When presiding over his eponymous chain of salons, Richard adheres to one philosophy in particular: “the master in the art of living…pursues his vision of excellence through whatever he is doing.” Richard’s continual pursuit of excellence has earned his full-service salons attention from publications such as About Town and Birmingham magazine. His stylists all wield award-winning Aveda products as they crop and color locks according to the latest trends. At the spa, aestheticians renew skin with a wide array of treatments for the face and body. They pop open Gaia’s medicine cabinet to fetch natural products such as Dead Sea salts, Sedona mud, seaweed masks, and peppermint oil.
Healthy Connections, Inc. helps folks shed pounds by making them dinner. Sure, the company delivers meals that are low in fat, sodium, and cholesterol?but they know that weight-loss plans are only as good as the food is enticing. That's why they serve up delicious entrees such as taco salad with creamy cilantro lime dressing, center cut pork loin, and even cheeseburgers on whole wheat buns.
Depending on dietary restrictions and weight loss goals, clients can choose between a 1,200-calorie meal plan or an 1,800-calorie meal plan. In order to keep the selections fresh, the company rotates its menu every six weeks.
Dragonfly Salon on 7th's highly trained stylists have plenty of room to craft highfalutin hairstyles beneath the arching cathedral ceiling. The superairy salon emanates a posh ambiance—gilt-framed mirrors frame newly cropped or colored hairdos, and art-deco sconces emit a skin-flattering golden light.
Stylists take pride in their title as an Aveda concept salon. Aveda's mostly natural haircare products use ingredients such as wheat protein and organic essential oils to tame manes without harming the environment. Herbs such as rosemary and lavender also scent mani-pedis.
Skin-care specialists pamper visitors with nourishing skin treatments within a clean, comfortable setting. They specialize in a range of skincare services; facials impart relaxation and bestow skin with a glow rivaled only by a mask made of lightning bugs. They also have advanced training in services such as microdermabrasion and chemical peels. During every single treatment, they make a concerted effort to maintain thorough sterilization and sanitation techniques to create a clean, safe, and relaxing atmosphere.
The team at Pure Bliss Salon Spa specializes in making their clients look and feel really, really good. Hair stylists cut and color locks, but also fortify them with deep-conditioning treatments and hair masques. Skin specialists can wax away hair, cleanse and soften skin, or open pores with warm-towel wraps so good vibes can get in. And some services are just for fun?nail artists paint tiny designs to celebrate the holidays or the growth of a new finger.