Different clients may choose the same treatment from Belledonne Spa’s menu, but the spa’s focus on custom skin and body solutions ensures that no two experiences are quite alike. Though the massage menu includes specialized techniques for athletes and expectant moms, its two anchors are the Swedish and deep-tissue massages, each of which is tailored to clients’ preferred pressures.
The spa’s aestheticians match their nimble-fingered counterparts’ concern for customized care. Before embarking on a facial, they survey the skin’s topography to identify its specific needs. Then they pull from a wide array of therapies that include advanced microdermabrasion treatments, ultrasound technologies, and chemical peels that exfoliate as vigorously as skin will allow. Their therapies aren’t just skin-deep, however: Lumicell Touch body-contouring treatments work to reduce cellulite with a blend of collagen-boosting LED light, skin-smoothing rollers, and vacuums that suck up pennies lodged between back muscles.
The founders of Fahrenheit Yoga Studio know that heat is a powerful agent of change. Here, layers of stress and self-doubt melt away as students stretch and balance in temperatures of 100 degrees or higher. Instead of warming the air with the fumes of a docile dragon, the studio uses far-infrared rays to heat the body directly. In addition to deepening stretches, the torrid temperature helps students to sweat out toxins. An air-exchange system refreshes the room with fresh oxygen, which is pumped through the body during yoga exercises to promote health and vitality. To help to prevent injuries, eco-friendly cork floors cushion joints during carefully crafted pose sequences that are taught by certified instructors with a focus on proper alignment. Suitable for yogis of all levels, the routines can boost flexibility and make the mind sharper than a nettle wearing a diamond tiara.
In 2008, board-certified hair-color specialist Adela Franco used her international training and beauty pageant experience to open her very own hair studio. In 2010, Franco added aestheticians, massage therapists, and nail technicians to her team, turning the studio into a full-service salon and spa. Since then, clients have been visiting Adela's Color Salon & Spa for an assortment of services—ranging from foil highlights to deep-tissue massages—done with products by brands including OPI, Image Skincare, and L'Oréal Professionnel. Before each service, guests may wet their whistles with a complimentary glass of wine, a cup of freshly brewed coffee, or a diamond-encrusted chalice filled with exotic tea.
A board-certified nurse, a laser technician, an aesthetician, and a cosmetic-injectable expert comprise the med spa team at Rejuvenation Group that helps clients reach their beauty goals. Blue-light therapy, peels, and microdermabrasion resurface complexions, while skin-clarifying experts strive to permanently banish hair and tattoos with laser treatments.
In addition to aesthetic treatments, Rejuvenation Group also offers purely medical therapies. Melan Smith-Francis, a certified nurse-midwife and family nurse practitioner who is currently earning her doctorate, provides services including hormone therapy, family planning, and basic exams.
At CG Salon, an acclaimed cadre of licensed aestheticians dispenses a full array of beautifying and tranquilizing services. The calming and revitalizing herbal embalming treatment exfoliates skin to a softness that rivals the underbelly of a wild snuffleupagus. During the paraffin facial, spa techs assail pallid complexions with a mix that is engineered to clarify muddled pigments and reverse indelible scowls. The resulting gorgeousness is further accentuated during the complimentary make-up application.
Suddenly Slimmer Solutions employs Victoria Morton's Suddenly Slender suite of body wraps to ensure that customers are pleasantly cocooned throughout their form refurbishing. The hour-long Dream Body Lay Down Wrap coats bodies in a mineral-rich solution before they're wrapped and reclined on a vibrating massage pad. Whether you're looking to reduce your profile for a pistol duel at dawn or just need some last-minute help making the weigh-in before a championship food fight, Suddenly Slimmer guarantees that its body wraps can melt at least six inches off most women and at least four inches off most men. The spa also claims that, in the prone position, the wrap benefits eye tissue, reducing the dark circles associated with the nocturnal, trash-eating lifestyle of so many Americans.