Massera's skilled massage therapists rely on open communication to forge fully custom bodywork. In a private room bathed in soft light, nimble hands blend deep-tissue techniques with long, flowing Swedish strokes to improve range of motion in struggling limbs and range of emotion in featureless potato heads. Specialized sessions may incorporate sports-massage maneuvers to help prevent injury, improve athletic performance, and revive muscles after vigorous workouts. Massera's tailored knead-a-thons can also pummel deeply embedded knots with trigger-point therapy, which focuses the therapist's determined digits on specific pressure points.
Though each of Sanctuary Salonspa's four locations offers more than 100 services, clients should not feel overwhelmed. That's because the salon's stylists and aestheticians help clients to determine which treatments they need most. The staffers may recommend an Aveda hair treatment to restore balance to frizzy hair and dry scalps with essential oils. Or they might point to one of Sanctuary's eight facials, each of which are customized to the client's skin type to ensure the complexion shines brighter than a glowworm walking away from an explosion in slow motion. Clients can also enjoy eight types of massage, applications of a gel polish that resists chipping for up to 10 days, and a detoxifying body treatment that consists of a seaweed mask and a steam treatment.
Mimi Smith is one of few Minnesotans who hold international accreditation in skincare. She is also a nationally certified massage therapist, part-time college instructor, and an alumna of an elite Edina spa. Today, at her eponymous beauty center, she applies her skills toward enhancing natural beauty with 100% organic products that save skin from the ravages of age, acne, and wandering pens. She also practices a variety of massage modalities, including ones that use volcanic hot stones or aromatherapy.:m]]
When clients enter Excelsior Nails & Day Spa on the bay, they meander past white manicure tables and climb upon modernly upholstered pedicure banquettes. In the full service spa and salon, a committed staff perform services such as skin treatments, waxing services, massages, nails, and body treatments. Skin treatments such as peels and microderms make use of Dermalogica products, which help improve fine lines and removes wrinkles. Massage therapists ply tense muscles with techniques drawn from Swedish, deep-tissue, and reflexology traditions.
Seasoned nail technicians place clients’ feet in an alabaster basin wrapped in stone, letting skin soften in the warm water before glazing feet with naturally derived elixirs such as a sugar scrub or marine mask. Extra touches augment most of the salon’s nail treatments: A hot-towel wrap cloaks hands during a spa manicure, and a hot-stone massage soothes achy arches during a signature deluxe pedicure. Nail techs can also perform long-lasting manicures powered by gel polishes or liquid gel artificial nails. The selection of nail treatments is not just for women—Excelsior’s staff regularly grooms the hands and feet of men and children.
People say protein is an integral part of a healthy diet, but at Salon Des Amis, the stylists don’t feed it to clients—they slather their hair in it. The salon’s Brazilian blowouts coat each strand in protective protein, thereby minimizing frizz, enhancing shine, and boosting manageability. Besides the protein-rich blowout formula, stylists also ply tresses with products from American Crew, Sebastian, and Rusk as they snip face-flattering cuts, paint in color, and craft stylish, gravity-defying updos.
While her children slept, Molly Dose's brain worked. During naptime, Molly would formulate plans for her own beauty and wellness center along with her friend Nicole McLaren, a consultant for skincare company Arbonne International. Personalized wellness consultations became the cornerstone of their approach, which they put into practice when they opened Balanced Bee Bodywork in 2012.
As a licensed massage therapist, Molly eases her clients into relaxation and physical wellness through a range of modalities, such as deep-tissue, trigger-point, and Swedish massages. She also performs pre- and post-natal massages for expectant and new mothers, as well as those forming a tighter bond with their favorite throw pillow. Meanwhile, Nicole tends to clients' skincare needs, recommending products ranging from makeup and moisturizers to cleansers and energy-supplement tabs.
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