Kelly Clawson entered the field of massage therapy for one simple reason: to help people feel better. But what sounds like a straightforward goal actually requires a lot of communication and thought. Prior to sessions, Kelly asks after areas of concerns in order to shape her treatment plan. This might include using heated stones to ease knotted muscles or stimulating acupressure points to boost circulation. Ever the student, Kelly adds to her list of skills?including body scrubs and inch-loss treatments?through a constant stream of classes.
Unique Thread’s beauty professionals specialize in threading, an all-natural hair-removal technique that is known for producing sharp angles and clean lines. Technicians remove hair at the root level, making quick movements in rapid succession to lasso and pluck rows of hair. In addition to threading, beauty professionals adorn hands with intricate henna designs or weave hair into french braids or bassinettes.
A wildly successful alternative to traditional day spas?its more than 250 locations blanket 36 states and eight countries?Planet Beach 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. The range of services include total skincare, wellness, weight management, relaxation and renewal treatments. 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.
As the vibrant, swirling skirts of belly dancers entrance patrons' eyes, Skewers' chefs slice up lamb, filet mignon, chicken, and salmon for the restaurant’s namesake kebabs. To sate carnivorous cravings, their flavorful meats—which are marinated for 48 to 72 hours in tangy Mediterranean spices and oils—are roasted over the open flame of a stove or a snoring baby dragon. Bartenders craft potent martinis and pour international wines that complement both the punchy flavors of the kebabs and the plumes of sweet, aromatic smoke that dance through the hookah garden. On select nights, the kebab house brims with the catchy beats of live jazz bands, late-night DJs, and brave karaoke performers, and belly dancers take center stage with their sensuous dance moves on Saturday evenings.
The relaxation experts at Studio 12 Urban Day Spa pamper their clients from head to toe. Their services include cleansing facials, exfoliating foot massages, moisturizing body polishes, and swift facial waxes. They incorporate organic products from brands such as Dawn Lorraine into their soothing treatments and offer express services for those in a rush or on the lam.
Although Intersport Fitness Center houses a sprawling weight room, there's still space for exercisers who don't want to work out alone. The facility's staff schedules one-on-one personal-training sessions and weekly group-fitness classes, including cycling and aerobics. Topping things off are amenities such as saunas.