Jamie Fleetwood liked working as an esthetician at Art Salon & Spa so much that she bought the beautifying business in 2010. Along with her staff of fellow estheticians, stylists, makeup artists, and massage therapists, Fleetwood pampers her clients inside the newly renovated, sun-drenched space. Her aesthetic touch might only be matched by that space’s decor: it’s accented with sleek hardwood floors, verdant plants, and earth tones as warm as a made-for-TV movie about dogs that adopt other dogs. Among these scenic fixtures, the team renders a slate of services in the form of facials, Shellac manicures, therapeutic massages, and highlights.
The specialists at Long Acupuncture & Skin Rituals Spa pamper the body, the whole body, and nothing but the body—except for the mind. Acupuncturists Patrick and Jeremy Long use fine needles to redirect the flow of energy throughout the body, which in turn helps to promote an increase in feelings of overall wellness. In contrast, manicurist Lenka Hales focuses on the finer details of each individual nail. Tara Buchholz, the center's licensed massage therapist, eases tension and discomfort from muscles and swathes limbs in stress-relieving body wraps. Similarly, aesthetician Megan Burton performs facials and other services that are far more relaxing and rejuvenating than the average therapeutic staring contest.
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.
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.
The Napa Valley region of California is known for its picturesque vineyards, rolling hills, and verdant greenery—a place where afternoons are wiled away sipping wine and taking in a majestic sunset. It’s this feeling of tranquility A Touch of Napa Massage & Wellness Clinic’s staff hopes to emulate through its customized massages. During sessions, staffers pull from multiple modalities—including Swedish, deep tissue, trigger point, sports, and reflexology—to help clients release pent-up worries, chronic pains, and deflated stress balls. The staff also diffuses stress with a tea soak, in which feet steep in a warm bowl filled with chamomile tea and essential oils before being pampered with an exfoliating scrub and shea-butter foot massage.