Kristin Lowrey, a certified massage therapist and aromatherapist, invigorates frazzled frames with healing touches and organic products in her relaxing treatment room. A 30-minute head, neck, and back massage realigns spines curved from prematurely performed candy cane impersonations. Using various massage methodologies, such as Swedish and deep tissue, Kristin parts seas of tension, leaving muscles as relaxed as Atlas post-retirement. An herb infused salt glow body polish gently exfoliates corporeal covers, leaving behind well-moisturized skin.
Emily Coker grew up in Colorado, a haven for the lifelong nature lover who spent most of her free time hiking, biking, and skiing. Through her various athletic activities, she grew to understand the connection between having healthy muscles and a happy life. This realization spurred her to pursue a massage-therapy license. In 2010, Emily founded Essential Wellness Day Spa with aestheticians and health counselors.
Together, the women help clients to achieve overall wellness through skincare and bodywork services as well as long-term lifestyle changes. Drawing from her athletic background, Emily specializes in corrective, rather than relaxing, massage modalities, including deep-tissue, sports-injury, and neuromuscular therapy. Aestheticians oversee the skincare and waxing portions of the spa, and health counselors encourage patients and their families to adopt healthier eating habits through minor changes such as choosing healthy snacks or only eating desserts shaped like broccoli.
While the sun spends most of its day in the sky, it still finds time to hang out in The Riviera Tanning Spa, teaching five different levels of Ergoline tanning beds how to bronze bodies with color that looks like it came from the star itself. From the Ambition bed’s beginner-friendly 120-watt bulbs to the Excellence 800’s simmering 520-watt heaters, tanners of all levels can boost golden hues in as little as 10 minutes. Thanks to their large facility, Riveria can accommodate a high influx of individuals without requiring appointments. Their Autobronzer system also reduced peaked appearances without UV exposure, spraying skin with three levels of sunless solutions that add color that won’t run, streak, or turn blue when placed under a black light.
The Great Clips empire spans more than 3,000 salons across North America, where a collective of over 30,000 stylists wait, ready to tend to hairstyles. At these salons, no appointments are necessary—though an online check-in system aids those who wish to skip any potential lines by adding their names directly to the haircut queue. And to aid their new hairstyles, customers can peruse a line of gels, conditioners, pomades, and tea-tree oil shampoos and body washes.
A follicular fashionista weaves the bold colors and intricate patterns of a three-piece feather extension into lackluster locks, bequeathing noggins with bursts of avian flair and the confidence of a peacock at a penguin wedding. Each 5- to 10-inch feather is affixed to hair with a silicon bead, and the process usually takes about 15 minutes. The colorful tufts can endure washing, curling, and flat-ironing and may last up to three months, or until the feathers burst into flames and reincarnate.