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.
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.
Within Stephanie Horne Boutique's spacious interior, with its exposed-brick walls and hardwood floors, shiny racks beckon to fashionistas with a plethora of stylish women's attire from such reputable brands as Hale Bob, Diane Von Furstenberg, and Lolly. Window displays at the Brookfield and brand-new Third Ward location show off colorful dresses from Analili and Glam, and mannequins allow customers to imagine how they'd look like wearing a pair of Domino jeggings or a silvery robot street-performer costume. Chunky bracelets and jangly necklaces add a touch of glittery grace to outfits, and wedge shoes and high-heeled boots from Cynthia Vincent clothe feet in runway-strolling style.
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.
Relaxation Station bills itself as an alternative to the garish wallpaper and crowded lobbies of some other spas, providing an uncrowded, quiet environment where stress is massaged away. In a private environment, Relaxation Station’s massage therapists identify and correct the underlying causes of discomfort, whether they're caused by old sports injuries or frequent naps atop a pile of gold and bones. Clients can enjoy comfortable temperatures and muted colors in each of Relaxation Station’s rooms, where they may drink Teavana tea or Oliver wines.