Ani Miryala started learning ancient-Indian skincare techniques at an age when most people think "acne" is the misspelling of a Road-Runner plot. Surrounded by uncles who were practitioners of Ayurvedic medicine, Miryala immersed herself in the noninvasive organic methods taught at the family beauty school, eventually opening a spa with her three sisters. As Kate Hamilton of Skin Inc. magazine reported in 2008, Miryala now owns one of the largest female-operated companies in southern India and has brought time-honored Indian traditions to the United States at Anoo's Herbal Day Spa and a dozen other locations worldwide.
The aesthetician and published author has amassed a team of licensed specialists that rejuvenates minds and bodies with chemical-free treatments. Hair-removal technicians refine 80–120 eyebrows per day with signature threading services, leaving behind more clearly defined arches than a freshly poured sidewalk. Pesticide-free fruits and vegetables nourish skin during Indian facials, and natural peels and herbal-microdermabrasion techniques leave faces smooth and glowing. To combat stress, the crew massages muscles with an ancient herbal-wheat-dough method that turns muscles into soft, buttery loaves of relaxation.
Owner and experienced massage therapist Michael Church organizes his business around the belief that the difference between giving a good massage and a great massage is “asking the right questions and customizing [the massage] to the customer’s needs.” His therapists begin each new-client relationship with a review of the client’s grievances, lifestyle habits, and professional wrestling history, and then they check in with their patients throughout each treatment to better understand where to focus pressure.
Each massage style is priced the same, freeing people to mix and match modalities such as deep tissue, Swedish, and trigger point within single sessions. The therapists also add hot stones to massages, and the team plans to grow its repertoire of treatments that utilize healing laser and light therapies.
Upon arrival at the cozy studio, which resembles a living room with antique furniture and a painting that represents the four elements, patrons can snack on a complimentary chocolate or mints from the front desk. Soothing instrumental music is piped throughout the space, although patrons can control the volume from their individual rooms.
Boca Med Spa was created upon the founder's diverse talents and experience as a licensed aesthetician, medical electrologist, and laser technician, meaning that each of the services offered at the med-spa are meant not only to relax the body, but actually get to the root of aging and other aesthetic issues through medical means. The certified and licensed staff focuses on custom treatments using medical-grade products, performing services that include body sculpting, permanent makeup, and lymphatic drainage to medical micro needling, a new technique for stimulating collagen in the face. For exfoliation, the aesthetician resurfaces the skin with diamond-tip microdermabrasions, facial peels, or dermaplaning, which softens fine lines by removing the top layer of skin and fine hair. They also work with elōs technology, which blends gentle radio frequencies with lasers to rejuvenate and tighten skin, remove body hair and spider veins, and cure hiccups.
At Giggles Kids Salon, pint-sized clients ease into barber's chairs shaped like airplanes, trains, and cars. Nearby, other kids sit on bright orange couches and footstools that resemble building blocks, waiting to be summoned by their stylists. The kindergarten-like milieu was designed by owners John Tsapakas, a roofer, and his wife, Stefanie, a teacher, to be a welcoming, stress-free setting for both boys and girls.
Walk-in customers select from a menu of services as comprehensive as an adult spa salon’s. The kindly stylists can perform daring feats of hairstyling (often it's a first haircut), spangle appendages with mani-pedis, or pierce ears before distributing candy, stickers, and balloons. Also like adult spas, Giggles also offers themed-party packages that pair celebration with beauty pampering.
Under the supervision of a board-certified physician, the professional staff at Physician’s Weight Loss Centers helps clients work toward overall wellness while shedding pounds with their six specialized weight-loss programs. After a consultation with a certified staff member, each client is assigned to the program best suited to his or her goals, current health, and willingness to put up with a stack of pancake’s “I miss you!” text messages. Programs can also be augmented with regimens of supplements and vitamins, including the fat-targeting agents of vitamin B12 injections. Not merely satisfied with supplying menu plans, the staff offers behavior-guidance plans, counselors, and medical consultations to ensure clients fully embrace new, healthful behaviors.
The aroma of jasmine, lavender, and tea rose essential oils fills the air at Nadege Nails & Salon as technicians buff nails and push back cuticles with their gleaming tools. In addition to crowning digits with acrylic and gel nails, technicians smooth rough skin with banana oil and coconut scrubs during deluxe manicures and pedicures. Orange and white fabric draped between pedicure chairs, bright vases of gerbera daisies, and butterfly wall accents complement the colorful polishes and bright scents wafting through the salon. Facial- and body-waxing services are also packed with aroma enhancements, such as milk chocolate, brazilian nut, and espresso, which leave skin soft and encourage nibbles from wild Keebler elves.