At Sculpt Plus, cosmetologist Gopal Zapalowski defuzzes bodies, prunes overgrown nails, and tames manes with professional training acquired from Joico. To begin the mini-makeover package, Gopal accents strands with face-framing splashes of color before evicting unwanted cranial fringe with a haircut and eyebrow wax. Like makeovers at a slumber party with the founding fathers, guests also have the freedom to choose their own combination of beauty treatments, such as a deep conditioner ($20) that quenches thirsty locks with refreshing moisture. A Shellac manicure and pedicure ($60) shields digits with color that lasts up to two weeks without chipping, and the spa pedicure ($50) employs a foot-hugging mask and firm massage to restore feet suffering from bouts of dancer's block.
Colorworx Salon & Spa’s certified and licensed esthetician, Caitlin Long, skillfully sows clients’ natural facescapes with quality beauty products and time-tested techniques. Each rejuvenating microdermabrasion treatment equips visages with a brighter, smoother dermal surface, beginning with a skin cleansing and pH balancing. A diamond-tipped wand gently abrades skin without utilizing any loose crystals, while a vacuum sucks dead skin cells straight into outer space, helping guard against irritation. After a layer of dead skin cells has been removed, a nourishing rose mask and moisturizer properly hydrate youthfully glowing flesh emoticons like a refreshing spritz from an archenemy’s tears.
Everyone knows pain, but few understand it like Megan Crookshanks. A severe car accident caused fractures in her wrist and spine and led to three years of physical therapy in order to effectively restore function and motion. Massage and structural treatments were key in her lengthy recovery process. Afterwards, she was inspired to forward her healing experience to others in need, whether they're seeking relief from day-to-day stress or a debilitating injury.
In addition to training at the Professional Massage Training Center, Megan is also a licensed therapist and a member of the Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals. During her sessions—which take place within Essential Yoga—Megan massages feet with acupressure techniques, dissembles tension with Swedish massage and myofascial release, and leads clients in soothing breathing patterns. When she isn't kneading sinews or dissolving gummy worms in 2-liter bottles of Fresca, Megan also practices Reiki, a technique that bolsters healing and optimizes the body's energy pathways.
Inside its serene studio, Essential Yoga guides groups toward health and wellness with more than 10 different yoga classes, including multiple threads of Vinyasa and an intro to Ashtanga. The facility's roster of passionate instructors acts as a source of constant encouragement, and a flexible schedule of daily classes bends to accomodate students of all experience levels. To kick workout routines up a notch, Essential Yoga also offers energized sessions of Zumba.
The licensed massage therapists at Soul Shine Spa & Wellness mend muscles with flowing Swedish strokes, reflexology, and Thai stretch bodywork. Clients can also request indulgent add-ons such as hot stones and lavender aromatherapy. The environmentally-conscious spa uses petroleum-free eco-fin products and biodegradable plastics.
At Aura Face + Body, beer isn’t just for drinking—the beauty pros use the enzyme-laden beverage to refresh faces during special home-brew express facials. It is just one of the many eclectic and organic products used during the spa's facial, makeup, massage, and waxing services. Coconut and hazelnut oils create a skin cream, and dried herbs combine with aromatic oils during custom facials. The pros use 100% plant-extract wax to remove unwanted facial and body hair, and they incorporate shea butter and essential oils into massages. The altruistic staff also donates 5% of every purchase to charity.