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.
I Zen Spa smoothes skin and vivifies visages with its wide range of therapeutic treatments, including noninvasive facial masks and nonsurgical facelifts. The one-hour Liftosome mask treatment starts with a gentle facial cleansing followed by an application of Pro Collagen Concentrate to promotes elasticity in skin with office-supply aspirations. Faces then gets swaddled in a Thermolift mask that combines the skin-elastifying effects of collagen with soothing heat to improve skin firmness.
Stylists Beth Zimmerman and Michelle Lewin had a mutual dream, and with the opening of The Parlour Salon & Spa, that dream was realized. Together, they lead a team of skilled stylists, aestheticians, nail extensions, injection specialists, and eyelash extension specialists. Armed with products from Aquage, Sojourn, Novalash, Pevonia, and other top-notch brands, they help clients master troublesome cowlicks, rambunctious curls, flighty fly-aways, and eyelashes shorter than a cantankerous leprechaun.
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.
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]]
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.