Relaxation reigns supreme at Elements Hot Tub Spa, where reprieve from the daily grind awaits in the form of bubbling hot tubs and the masterful hands of fully licensed massage therapists. Behind the doors of five themed areas, the crystal-clear tubs send toasty tides surging across limbs from up to 108 hydrotherapy jets. Inside the Fire room, visitors sink into 104-degree tubs amid warm tones of burnished slate, whereas out in the Air garden, breezes move tree boughs across stucco walls, replicating the gentle rustling synonymous with nature or book-themed scavenger hunts in a library. Stress sapping is also available through trips to the facility's infrared sauna and steam rooms, and through services such as deep-tissue massages, hot-stone treatments, and chocolate facials.
Technicians at The Wax Factory exude professionalism, but the salon's atmosphere is anything but stuffy. Touting a laid-back approach to appointments that welcomes walk-ins or hirsute skydivers who just happen to drop in, beautifiers lead clients to private treatment rooms where they evacuate fuzz from bikini borders in 10 minutes or tug fringe from brows, lips, and chins. Men can unwind in the calming lobby before gearing up for swimsuit season with a Manzilian or Mankini wax, and both genders can liberate limbs with whole- or half-leg waxing services that accommodate the changing seasons or the rise and fall of kilt hemlines.
Murat Tercan has a world of salon experience?literally. The native Turk started out by helping his family open a salon in Ankara, then he went on to hone his craft at the L'Oreal Academy in Paris and the Wella and Schwarzkopf academies in Germany. He built his resume styling hair for fashion shows for Valentino, Versace, and Armani, later traveling as an international educator for L'Oreal.
Since making yet another home in Colorado, he opened his own space, Enchante, where he and his team perform advanced services such as designer haircuts, color corrections, and keratin treatments. In the spirit of Murat's background in education, stylists are committed to not just giving clients a style, but teaching them to maintain it. There's also an onsite spa where clients can retreat to receive Swedish massages and Dermalogica facials, or to ease their fear of scissors.
With the pollution, bacteria, pollen, and flu bugs floating through the air at any given moment, the human body is under constant attack. Deep Blue Massage gives bodies the tools to fight back against those attackers with a variety of purifying and detoxifying therapies. Take halotherapy, for instance. Inside a cocoon-shaped tank, the therapy's constant stream of salt aerosol washes over the body and into the lungs, killing bacteria and fungi on the skin and mucous membranes. For full-body purification, there's the ion cleanse, a footbath that purges clients' systems of environmental toxins in a mere 30 minutes to help relieve a number of ailments.
Beyond detoxifying, therapists also treat patients with massages, tailoring deep-tissue and hot-stone techniques to soothe muscles. Deep-tissue laser therapy is another specialty; laser beams send heated energy into the body to relieve pain and probably also impart superpowers.
Neighboring the Fort Collins Country Club's 7,150-yard golf course with its lofty trees and meticulously manicured greens, the Country Club Day Spa ushers guests toward a state of tranquility. Inside the clubhouse's lower level, staffers polish nails, gussy up hair, and unclog dirt and burrowing gophers from pores. A resident massage therapist draws from numerous modalities, including energy-work techniques and traditional Hawaiian lomi lomi massage, to give aches and stress the boot. Equipped with Schwarzkopf and sulfate-free Pureology products, an Aveda-trained stylist colors, conditions, and cuts manes, working alongside an aesthetician who cleanses faces and waxes away unwanted fuzz.
Sunlight streams through the floor-to-ceiling windows at The Zone Health and Fitness, illuminating rows of free weights, whirring cardio machines, and enthusiastic certified personal trainers and nutritional consultants. Owner Greg Bobby helms the crack staff and uses his degrees in sports medicine and exercise physiology to carefully craft fitness routines aimed at stepping up metabolism through resistance training, cardio workouts, nutritional guidance, and vitamin supplements. Guests and members can partake of myriad group fitness classes such as yoga, spinning, and kickboxing, or devise their own workout regimes with the bountiful free weights and machines at their disposal.