Oasis Hot Tub Gardens instantly transports visitors on mini vacations to other parts of the globe. Each private area?some indoor and some outdoor?takes on a theme of an exotic oasis, from the Isle Royale to a beautiful garden in Japan to the wild hot tubs that grow in the world's secluded forests. Those all become the backdrops for hours of relaxation within hot waters, which stay at a comfortable 102 degrees during the Fall and Winter and 96?100 degrees in Spring and Summer. Should customers need anything, say a change in tub temperature, all they need to do is make a request over the room's intercom?never having to leave their tiny slice of paradise. The private suites house other comforts too, namely stereos, dressing areas, and showers.
The motto of New Era Skin and Body is a simple one: "Look better. Feel better. Live better." Tom Donofrio and Iris Cheu believe that each of these leads to the next, so all the massages and skincare services performed in their boutique-style day spa are geared toward the ultimate goal of bettering their clients’ lives. Cheu uses products from ABI Dermaceuticals to help skin breathe, glow, and ditch freeloading blackheads, and Donofrio's massages soothe muscles to relieve tension, instill calm, and preempt daydreams of swimming in a vat of pudding.
The beauty professionals at Papillion Salon combine their specialties to revitalize clients from head to toe and from pinky to thumb. Stylists sculpt strands into artful updos and freshly hued bobs, shearing the locks off both male and female clients.
Devoted to the ancient art of aromatherapy, Aegyptiaca Body Therapies' technicians infuse their every action with invigorating scents as they encourage whole-body well-being through a wealth of therapeutic treatments. Massage serums blended with additive-free grapeseed, almond, sesame, or safflower oil drip from the hands of skilled therapists as they work out knots and aches in one of five modalities. Dead-sea salts, milk, and honey forge not only delicious cornbread, but also nourished skin during each of the center's body treatments, and mani-pedi services pamper the hands and feet with hot stones, exfoliating scrubs, and reflexology techniques.
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What does it take to earn the title of AVEDA Lifestyle Salon Spa? A long list of criteria must be met, but many of the factors come down to one thing: education. For the team at Von Kekel, that means training with Global Masters at Aveda Institutes in London, New York, Minneapolis, and other cities across the world. At these institutes, the staff learns how to get the most out of Aveda's proprietary line of eco-friendly products, which derive 97% of their ingredients from plants.
All of that preparation occurs long before a client ever steps into one of Von Kekel's three locations. Here, the staffers administer salon and spa treatments with the essential oils and natural herbal ingredients of Aveda products. Whether for a haircut with highlights or a cleansing facial with a massage, each visit starts with a complimentary beverage and a consultation. The latter ensures clients get the most out of their chosen treatments, while the former helps meet the daily requirement for liquid-based relaxation.
Helmed by Cindy Wright, a licensed massage therapist certified in oncology massage, Serendipity Bodyworks eases pain and stress with custom kneading sessions that have earned the praise of the Cary News. Knots melt faster than a snowman on a stairmaster when Wright blends the long, flowing strokes of Swedish massage with alternative healing techniques such as acupressure and reflexology.
Though Wright serves clients from all walks of life, she aims in particular to make cancer patients’ lives as comfortable as possible with oncology massage, which she offers either at a discounted rate or free of charge to offset the financial burden of cancer treatments. In addition to releasing tension from the back and the neck, sessions can address cancer-specific concerns such as scar tissue and immune function. As a fellow cancer patient, Wright brims with empathy as she employs techniques designed to reduce anxiety and minimize chemotherapy’s side effects.