Nicole Felkl is a holistic health and nutrition coach and the head of Tranquil Spirit Wellness. A life-changing massage caused a detour from the special-ed field she was working on and sent her into massage therapy, where Nicole realized she could still do her part to help impact clients' lives. That was 11 years ago; shortly after, she took up aesthetics. Today, Tranquil Spirit serves as the culmination of her studies and specialty training, which also includes pre-perinatal massage, LaStone Therapy, rainbath therapy, and soft-tissue treatment techniques. Nicole's goal is to give her clients a non-judgmental space to release stress and surrender what ails them to a soothing massage or a rejuvenating skin-care treatment. The menu of massages includes relaxation, therapeutic, and hot-stone massage as well as infant and special-needs massage. Her facials aim to resurrect the healthy radiant glow that once occupied the face before stress and aging signed their name with wrinkles and lines. Clients can opt for customized European facials with add-ons such as foot massages and aromatherapy for a relaxing and restorative head-to-toe treatment.
As a personal trainer certified by the American Council on Exercise and a licensed massage therapist, Chris Aiello, Jr., has a thorough knowledge of the human body. He created Workout Boss as a facility where clients can tap into his expertise to address issues related to health, posture, and injury all in one place. He chats with patrons during personal-training sessions, encouraging them while blending cardio and a range of exercises in a gym with free weights, cable machines, kettlebells, and punching bags. On massage tables, therapists employ specialized techniques such as myofascial release and lymphatic drainage, which aim to straighten postural irregularities and detoxify muscles, and utilize deep-tissue massage to ease pain from sports or other injuries. The trainer also draws on a stock of recipes and nutritional advice to help clients augment workout plans and shed inches.
Muscle knots. Chronic aches. Deep-seated reservoirs of stress and anxiety. These and other ailments bring clients to Elements Therapeutic Massage, where they find relief courtesy of professional therapists who customize their treatments to match individual needs. The studio’s unique, level-based system gives clients an idea of what to expect during the session; they can request a low level for a gentler experience or opt for a higher level to eliminate any soreness remaining from the previous day’s jousting tournament. Each massage therapist has his or her own specialties, and treatments may draw on relaxing Swedish and hot-stone techniques or firmer deep-tissue and trigger-point strokes.
Aesthetician Sara Bohlmann has many tools at her disposal for making skin look its best, from the Image skincare products she uses to create custom facials to the cosmetics she applies during special-occasion makeup sessions. Sara often follows facials with advice on maintaining a proper skincare routine, a practice that helps clients get the most out of Sara's services and stops them from removing their makeup with paint thinner. Sara's successful practices have been noticed by Shepherd Express Best of Milwaukee 2012 as she was nominated "Best Aesthetician" in the online publication's medical category.
The sounds of laughter and lively chatter echo across Tony & Friends Salon and Spa’s expansive studio as stylists revivify scalps and aestheticians refresh skin with professional PCA products. If the stylists need any inspiration for their designs, they need only glance up at the geometric patterns that stretch across the walls or down at the smooth, sleek lines that run across the hardwood floors. The salon hosts girls' night out parties on Friday nights, inviting up to 10 ladies to enjoy complimentary appetizers as the staff applies cosmetics, massages sore muscles, and supplies cotton makeup pads for the gentlest of pillow fights.
A licensed and board-certified physician's assistant, Sandra Woods has more than 20 years' experience in women’s health and dermatology under her lab coat. The skin expert brings laser technology to her spa-like oasis, where she battles an array of skin conditions such as signs of aging, acne, and pores that won't shut up. Treatments at Smooth Skin begin with thorough consultations and can involve anything from resurfacing peels to laser hair removal. Sandra and her staff also smooth away wrinkles with help from Botox and plump up lips or biceps with fillers.