Starting with an in-depth skin analysis, esthetician Natasha beautifies her clients’ skin based on their particular needs or concerns. Facial treatments might include everything from deep pore cleansing and extractions to exfoliation, steam, and masks. Along with facials for men and women, she aids in the beautification process with hair removal and makeup applications.
Massage therapist Jeannette Pritchett tends to the mind and bodies of her clients at Wishing4Wellness Massage & Bodyworks, a stress-free oasis set within the cozy confines of Serendipity Salon and Spa. Jeannette draws on an extensive background in health and fitness—including advanced training at Milan Institute—to promote relaxation with gentle taps and long, gliding strokes. Her beauty and wellness arsenal also features aromatherapy with essential oils, hot-stone treatments that stimulate healthy blood floor, and body wraps that imbue skin with more gravity-defying firmness than a blood transfusion from John Glenn.
With more than 15 years of experience, massage therapist Deborah has had plenty of time to perfect muscle soothing techniques. Inside her quiet studio near Old Town Clovis, she eases tense muscles and tissue with four modalities—Swedish, shiatsu, deep tissue, and reflexology—and a serenade from Mrs. Potts and Chip from Beauty and the Beast.
By working in a physical therapy office, a chiropractic office, and a day spa, certified massage therapist Dominique DeBenedetto of Spa Bleu Fonce gained a diverse set of skills. Relying on more than six years of experience as a massage therapist, she combines her comprehensive knowledge to relax bodies and relieve tensions with Swedish, deep-tissue, and sports massages. Dominique also soothes expecting mothers and pregnant pet fish with prenatal massage and promotes overall health and wellness with reflexology sessions. Aside from massage therapy, Dominique offers UV-free airbrush tanning to imbue skin with an even, natural-looking bronze color.
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.
Ornate doors and a bubbling tabletop fountain lend a warm, Tuscan feel to Estancia’s 3,200-square-foot space. The tranquility is furthered by the spa’s host of relaxing treatments, from soothing hot stone massages to hydrating facials that target rosacea-like redness. On the salon end, stylists bring about fashionable hairstyles with cuts, color, and extensions.
Great Escape Massage is dedicated to helping clients reach total wellness through the healing touch of massage. During 75 minutes of manual manipulation, Great Escape Massage's therapists will mingle the techniques of basic Swedish massage with elements of shiatsu, deep tissue, and chocolate sprinkles. Swedish massage, a light- to medium-pressured technique, is the most popular type of knead. It uses long, connective strokes and kneading to improve blood flow, stimulate the lymphatic system, relieve physical tension, and melt stress into a puddle of biodegradable papier-mâché. The deep-tissue strokes delve deep into your body's underlying muscle Kleenex where the Swedish massage fears to tread, while the pressure-point stimulation of shiatsu punctures pockets of resistance as well as any accidentally ingested balloons. Expect to escape Great Escape feeling healthy, happy, and harmonized in mind, body, and spirit like a one-person doo-wop group.