As a licensed medical aesthetician and certified laser technician, Tammy Alexander feels right at home in every corner of her beauty spa. Her six facials include anti-aging glycolic peels and diamond-tipped microdermabrasion treatments, and she can even exfoliate skin on the back with steam and masks of french clay. Alexander expertly removes fuzz during her bikini and Brazilian waxes. She also offers cosmetic treatments that include eyelash extensions, organic airbrush tanning, and jane iredale–makeup applications.
As she relates in a 2011 profile in Miss A, FaceToFace Spa's Jenny Abraham wrote herself a unique prescription in 2006: monthly facials, for the next five years. Abraham had suffered severe cystic acne since she was 15 years old, and the breakouts had crippled her self-esteem to the point where they seemed to even eclipse her accomplishments as a registered nurse. The regime restored her complexion's health, so she opened the spa in March 2011 to share her methods with her clients, just as kindergartners are taught to share their toys with others and their thoughts with Twitter.
Skin consultations are the jumping-off point for each treatment, which could take the shape of a topical therapy or an intervention with lasers or mechanical exfoliators. Nine peels, however, are the house specialty. Abraham mixes fruit enzymes or lactic acid to heal mild rosacea and promote cellular regeneration, and she blends more aggressive chemical formulas to clear actinic keratosis and diminish signs of aging. For all the face and body treatments, the staff relies on Dermalogica and GloTherapeutics products, which have been engineered without animal testing and eschew irritants such as perfume and skunk stink. Massage therapists take a holistic approach to beauty by relieving stress, and cosmetologists attend to the finishing touches with Lavish Lashes extensions and Jane Iredale cosmetics.
Since she’s not the sore one, licensed massage therapist Victoria Laursen doesn’t always make her clients come to her. From 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on most days, she packs up her massage oils and travels to homes and offices to administer relaxing chair massages designed to ease tension from all-day sitting or general stress. Holding more than 500 hours of training, she also assuages aches with six other massage modalities, including trigger-point therapy, sports massage, and reflexology.
The aestheticians at Healthcare 4 Her combine medical know-how with classic relaxation techniques in a tranquil spa environment, beautifying clients from head to toe using technologically enhanced and traditional spa treatments. Licensed laser technicians stop fuzzies in their tracks and prevent future hair growth with laser hair removal. Professional skin pamperers dole out five types of facials to exfoliate visages with microdermabrasion, clear complexions with fruit enzymes, and purge pores with menacing eviction notices. Massage therapists relax clients with four different massage styles, taking cues from venerated massage traditions and modern aromatherapy and kneading techniques to melt away muscle tension.
Though Scot Trahan's diverse resumé includes stints as a Louisiana police officer and an activities director for Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, his career as a licensed massage therapist now tops the page. As Alpha Medical Massage & Rehabilitation's owner and head therapist, Scot designed the clinic to be patient-oriented. A smiling staff member greets each client as they walk in, and private massage rooms let clients relax into a serene world of soothed muscles. The therapists specialize in more than 15 different therapies, ranging from deep-tissue and sports massage to lymphatic-drainage sessions and stretching education that teaches clients how to properly stretch their muscles or subdue a possessed Stretch Armstrong. Scot personally uses his advanced training to assist patients recovering from various medical injuries, and he specializes in amputee therapies and massage for people with disabilities.
His partner, Natanhna, is a licensed massage therapist who uses what she’s learned at the University of Metaphysical Sciences to help bodies heal both emotionally and physically. She specializes in traditional Swedish, sports, deep-tissue, and prenatal techniques, but she also uses massage to help with joint mobilization and injuries. Natanhna even applies varying pressures to the feet during reflexology sessions that aim to alleviate digestive problems. While she works out kinks, she educates her patients, teaching them about the benefits of massage and how they can use it to become limber enough to do the latest dance craze, The Inflatable, Dancing Tube Man.
When Debbie Kobe founded Simply Irresistible in 1989, she made a decision. She would listen closely to every person who sat in her styling chair, and she would provide the look that was requested. Thousands of updos later, it's clear this client-first philosophy has paid off—guests return again and again, ziplining on a mile-long hair extension, for their hair and skin services. Debbie's staff has expanded to include more than 10 team members, each of whom greets clients with a smile and an unique set of skills.