It's called the million-dollar stretch. After placing both palms on the hip joint, she slides one hand up the back, and the other hand down the leg––a soothing traction that is a favorite among her massage clients. Jasmine Painter has always loved healing, from her first job selling vitamin and essential oils, to today, working as a fully licensed massage therapist. While Sunlight cascades through her studio's peach curtains, client aches surrender to flowing hot stone therapy, Swedish strokes, and deep-tissue pressure.
BlushThis Salon & Beautique is a self-proclaimed one-stop shop for beauty care. The staff offers haircuts for women, men, and children along with wedding beauty packages for brides-to-be and vain fathers-in-law. Makeup applications and spray-tan sessions round out the boutique’s menu of exterior beauty services. To bolster inner beauty, an in-house team of licensed massage therapists performs a range of custom therapies.
Jasmin King considers massage a higher calling, and her devotion to the art of healing is evident in both her practiced hands and her spirited personality. For further proof of how seriously she takes her craft, take note of her fluency in modalities that range from the gentle strokes of Swedish massage to the targeted pressure of deep-tissue and sports massage. Her knowledge extends even to specialty modalities such as Hawaiian lomilomi, which ties together flowing, graceful strokes with a meditative focus.
King’s healing abilities don’t stop at massage. Her spa treatments include facial massage and body wraps, the latter of which cocoon clients in scented fabrics that release toxins and promote the growth of nascent butterfly wings.
Sara Berens, Luster Spa's owner and lead aesthetician, distills 13 years of professional experience into each treatment, performing efficacious facials and hair-removal services. Located inside Salon Republic, Luster Spa uses warm wax to clear skin areas of unwanted hair, leaving room for the studio's Swarovski crystal body tattoos or hand-penned grocery lists. A collection of facials treats specific concerns including those of acne-prone, dehydrated, and aging skin.
At Beautiful Solutions, beauty seekers acquire lustrous and toxin-free skin without transplanting their brains into metallic exoskeletons that attract refrigerator magnets. Each body wrap utilizes a blend of 27 select minerals and herbs mixed with aloe vera to heal and nurture absorbent skin. During the treatment, the body is covered in special towels soaked in a mineral and herb solution, and the senses are soothed by aromatic scents. Skin emerges toned and firm, but not likely to bully hair follicles and take their lunch money. Drinking eight glasses of water per day for the next five days facilitates the detoxification process and helps maintain a sleek and revitalized muscle holster. Male patients must bring swimming apparel for the treatment.
Facelogic's spa services dispel the specious, sophomoric ad hominems of stress, homeliness, and other facial fallacies that can dull one's glow. The 60-minute custom facial, which takes place in a zero-gravity treatment chair, smoothes out fine lines, increases circulation, and restores the face's default factory sheen. An upper-body massage unties muscle and sailor's knots, and the included microdermabrasion treatment of the face, neck, and chest banishes dead skin to the cosmetic underworld. A calming face-mask cocoon and luscious lip treatment complete the euphoric escape, which makes even the dimmest of mugs glow like a Tarzan swinging from a powerline.
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.