Imagine someone approaches with a smoothie made of organic peaches, blueberries, or mangoes, but instead of offering you a taste they gently spread its contents across your forehead and massage the sweet aromas into your skin. This surreal daydream happens daily at Pure Elegance Spa, where aestheticians devoted to organic skincare nourish complexions with their six signature fruit-smoothie facials and other treatments designed to nurse skin to optimal health. Oxygen therapy revives dull skin in tandem with parsley and cucumber, and microdermabrasion promotes cellular turnover deep within the dermis using an exfoliant of pears and poppy seeds. Beyond edible ingredients, many services also blend in products by Éminence Organic Skin Care—a Hungarian line that heals signs of aging and ushers toxins from the face and body without relying on chemicals or additives.
Those who prefer to save their appetite for later can skip the chocolate and margarita manicures in favor of airbrush makeup or waxing services that clear away fuzz on the face and body. Ocular enhancements include Xtreme Lashes eyelash extensions that add natural-looking drama, as well as an eye rescue treatment that aims to save peepers from puffiness, crow's feet, and madcap pokes from nearby Stooges.
From the muscle-burning exertion of a personal-training session to the tension melting luxury of a Swedish massage, Solera Health Club & Spa furnishes everything a body needs to stay primed and polished. Three separate rooms filled with cardio machines, resistance machines, and free weights make up the health club, where personal trainers lead individuals through tailored routines designed to help them reach their fitness goals. To chisel the body for less dough, group personal-training classes give the same guidance as one-on-one sessions by giving each student one minute on each machine, creating a regimen akin to a relay race or a speed-dating session with the Transformers.
It's a different experience in the spa, where massage therapists and aesthetic experts help melt away the pain of strenuous workouts with a host of soothing treatments. Nine types of massage incorporate aromatherapeutic oils or warm volcanic stones to send muscles into a blissful stupor. Body wraps, scrubs, and facials, meanwhile, draw out impurities from the skin to leave exteriors hydrated and youthful.
True to its location on the second and third floors of Firehouse Place, All Seasons Salon and Day Spa elevates minds and bodies with nature-inspired spa treatments. Goldwell and Aveda products line the shelves in a reception area whose floral décor vies for attention with the purses, clothes, shoes, and handcrafted Elle Cosmetics peeking out from the designer boutique area next door. Back in the pedicure nook, toes take baths in basins of warm water before shedding their calluses and ferrying their owners to one of the nearby manicure stations, where technicians brush fingernails with vibrant OPI polishes. Soft candle lights flicker against the walls of private aesthetic and massage rooms, while out on the salon floor stylists revivify hair with custom European coloring techniques. During the wedding season, the spa’s team tends to more than 75 bridal parties, painting nails, styling strands, and dipping drab white dresses in their vibrant hair dyes.
A diagnosis of chronic migranes in 1985 began Elaine Moranville’s search for a way to transcend the limitations of traditional medicine and trigger inner healing with a pill-free approach. Her investigation led her to reflexology, a foot-massage technique that relieves tension and clears blockages throughout the body by stimulating the 7,200 sensory receptors in the nerve endings of the feet. Now a graduate of the Healing Arts Center School of Massage, Elaine maps out the pathways to self-healing with targeted foot treatments, including energy-balancing reiki sessions, and Kansa Vatki, an ancient Indian technique that harnesses ghee’s heat-storing power. Elaine also mends stressed muscles with traditional massages, which incorporate Swedish, deep-tissue, and hot-stone techniques to ease soreness and heat bowls of posttreatment mulligatawny.
Eight therapists and one esthetician man an intimate neighborhood practice in southern St. Louis, relaxing clients inside a sunny storefront with three treatment rooms or bringing their chairs to corporate events and parties. The team capably treats varying conditions by employing a host of modalities, including deep-tissue massage for chronic pain, prenatal massage for mother-and-child wellness, and hot-stone massage for slowly immunizing the body against magma. They also offer wide variety of spa, body treatment, facial services, and waxing treatments. As the pressure of thumbs penetrates the skin, body treatments, such as the seaweed-algae mask and the Dead Sea–mud mask, replenish dermal surfaces with organic goodies and help revitalize all of the body's tissues.
During her time spent managing Tuscan Sky Hair Salon and Massage, Yvette Barlow has tackled a sweeping variety of hair care problems. She has tamed frizzy and unruly curls with advanced keratin smoothing treatments and transformed lifeless locks into glamorous up-dos. The seasoned stylist has also performed the once-impossible feat of coaxing stubborn tangles out of the hair of restless children and snipping up cute new styles. She begins every service with an initial consultation to discuss desired looks, address concerns, and interpret any hairspray-related dreams. Yvette and her team of stylists operate out of a spacious salon, where lofty front windows bathe the hardwood floors in warm sunlight.