The family that owns Bella Mia Spa has been pampering clients for 22 years, so they know a thing or two about helping people to relax. Within the cozy, Tuscan-themed space, staffers perform treatments that soothe both body and mind, using fragrant ingredients such as a lavender foot soak or seasonally scented facial products. They enhance physical and mental wellbeing with hot-stone massages or reflexology sessions, and promote detoxification with warm, herbal body wraps.
A small, green topiary, a cherub-like statue, and a water fountain set a tranquil tone as they greet guests near the entrance. Stone accents along the walls create an ambiance reminiscent of old-world Italy or the Alpine quarry where yodeling was invented.
National Academy of Sports Medicine–certified personal trainer Anna Dornier founded Transform FX Fitness Bootcamp after a frustrating period of weight-loss guesswork, during which she relinquished fruitless gym visits for a variable, 45-minute class structure. Anna's triumph over her own unwanted pounds inspired her to help others, and she now holds indoor boot-camp sessions for clients of all fitness levels. Though each class challenges participants to stretch their physical limits, everyone is encouraged to move at their own pace through an invigorating medley of strength and cardio exercises. Regular measurements calculate body-fat percentage and the number of kettlebells you can fit in your mouth to showcase individual progress. A members-only online community also doles out community support, nutrition resources, and tools for tracking your health headway.
The clinical aestheticians at trioSkincare have always performed facials and peels that take a scientific approach to controlling blemishes and aging. But in 2008, the center added a new dimension, taking on plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. David Hicks, M.D. With the doctor on board, the clinic has expanded to cover such medical services as Botox injections and photofacials with the Sciton laser system. The center uses only paraben-free products, and their ultramodern machinery works on all skin types with the exception of shedding snakeskin.
Founded with the goal of outfitting its pupils with the skills necessary to excel in the spa and salon industries, Milan Institute of Cosmetology deploys a rigorous curriculum that emphasizes professionalism and hands-on learning to train fledgling cosmetologists and aestheticians around the country. As the most important aspect of the course of study, student salons and spas serve as a real-world classroom wherein nascent beauticians—under the careful supervision of their instructors—can practice their newly minted skills on humans or sentient mannequins. The beauty apprentices gussy up patrons head to toe via sundry lavish salon and spa services—specific to each location—that may include nail services, haircare, facials therapeutic massages, or nourishing body wraps.
At Palace Spa, relaxation occurs long before you sprawl out on a massage table. The reason for that?ambient light. The spa's color-changing lights turn the hallways into luminescent corridors of calming blues, warming greens, and tranquil yellows, helping to lesson anxiety before the massage.
Add to that the 360-degree sound system that plays soothing music, and you have a soothing experience that extends beyond your hour on the table. But the massage is still the highlight.
Palace Spa's therapists all have at least five years of massage experience and perform numerous modalities. Treatments include full-body massages, hot-stone massages, and foot massages, all of which ease tension and help clients feel as happy as a politician who just pulled a photogenic baby out of a well.
Shawn understands that no two faces are alike. That's why the aesthetician focuses on each individual who walks through her door, customizing every treatment and seeing clients by appointment only. She then sets to work brightening, tightening, or de-milk-mustaching their skin, drawing on more than a dozen years of experience and training from San Francisco's Dermalogica school to do so. Shawn turns back the complexion's clock with treatments employing products from brands such as Obagi and Jessner, and enlists the aid of a local cosmetic surgeon when performing intensively exfoliating VI peels. And once she has perfected pores, Shawn can artfully adorn them with makeup of both the classic and permanent varieties.