Awakenings' staff of muscle manipulators focuses on alternative massage therapies to relax clients in an education-oriented environment. Like instructors pairing student whale-riders with whales, the therapists will match each 30-minute massage with a client’s comfort levels and tolerance for seaweed, giving background on massage choices, answering questions, and adjusting drapery and clothing options. Services offered include the toxin-releasing shiatsu modality and the universal energy-balancing reiki treatment, as well as the standard Swedish method used during the 15-minute chair massage. For an additional $10, you can upgrade your massage with a hot stone treatment, which is only superseded in the ability to soothe, relax, and comfort your body by a frozen meatball treatment.
In her 15 years as a massage therapist, Jennifer Bonwell has conducted countless massages and layered on many body wraps. But she still has her favorite types: a hot-stone massage, she says, is "the best massage you can get" due to the smooth surfaces and calming heat. She specializes in body wraps "because I love to play in the 'mud.'" These hands-on, sensory descriptions provide a window into Jennifer's work at Hot Wraps: she has a passion for what she does and enjoys sharing her skills with muscles in need.
Ileana Babu got her start in the beauty industry 20 years ago by working with magazine models as a commercial makeup artist and stylist. Today you don?t have to be a cover girl to take advantage of her skincare and beauty expertise. At ileana's Skincare Sanctuary, she reinvigorates clients with anti-aging and cleansing facial treatments. The i-Glow facial supplies skin with a vitamin- and peptide-rich formula that clarifies and tightens, and the i-Purify treatment unites the restorative benefits of an oxygen microdermabrasion facial with the pampering of a neck and shoulder massage and a hand and foot treatment.
Skin Care By Design's microdermabrasion treatment uses the power of the Vibraderm's vibrating, abrasive, stainless-steel paddle to polish away the face’s dead skin cells, tiny blemishes, and dents caused by hastily opened car doors. The 30-minute process improves skin texture and tone—stimulating new collagen, firming the skin, and reducing fine lines and wrinkles. There is no downtime after getting a microdermabrasion treatment or consuming a giant, sloppy sandwich, but you might appear flushed for 15–30 minutes.
Belle Chic's salon services cover the entire transformative range of the beauty spectrum, from tone-up trims to complete chromatic overhauls. Have a shampoo and style ($30+) to realign your follicles with desired specifications, or get gussied up for a singular event with an occasion style ($50+) and a makeup application ($40). Transform your cuticle coloring with a full-highlight treatment ($85+) or an all-over color ($60+) to trick Bloody Mary the next time you taunt her restless spirit from the other side of the mirror. Combine the polishing powers of an Ultimate Manicure ($25) and an Ultimate Pedicure ($40), and reap the rewards of polished nails and silky-smooth skin with an exfoliating sugar scrub and hydrating moisture mask for all four limb enders. To deal with unwanted hair, have a full-leg ($50+) or underarm ($15) wax. Belle Chic also offers a full range of facial treatments ($60–$90) for skin that feels left out every time it visits a salon. Belle Chic's technicians and stylists regularly train with the latest tools and techniques to stay up-to-date in the constantly evolving world of beauty. Call to schedule your visit and come in to bask in the chic, modern atmosphere.
A wildly successful alternative to traditional day spas—its more than 300 locations blanket 36 states and half a dozen countries—Planet Beach Contempo Spa is a futuristic relaxation station where state-of-the-art machines administer all the spa and tanning services. These friendly automatons sometimes replace familiar treatments, as in the Luminous facial, a light-based service that delivers blemish-busting results similar to those of a conventional facial. But other equipment maps out new spa territory entirely: the Hydro-Derma Fusion chamber moisturizes the whole body with nutrient-rich steam in order to offset the effects of a dry climate or a rear-end collision with a salt truck. Other machines whiten teeth, spray tan skin, and massage muscles.
Planet Beach operates on a gym-style membership system, meaning that members purchase packages or pay flat monthly rates. As members spend more time at the spa, they get to know the helpful assistants who are always on hand to demonstrate how to use the equipment without activating its ability to cry.