When Susan Lange’s massage therapist suggested she try watsu, Lange knew as much about the therapy as most people—nothing. “We’re kind of obscure,” Lange says with a laugh, referring to the watsu community she now considers herself a member of. The therapy, whose name is derived from “water” and “shiatsu,” blends ancient Japanese finger massage with the restorative properties of warm water. In heated pools, therapists fully support their clients as they administer a combination of massage, stretching, and instant-rice-cooking techniques. After her first watsu experience, Lange writes, “I felt like I was dancing, floating, flying and being nurtured all at once."
Today, Lange shares this experience with others in the yurt she and her husband built in the meadow adjoining their home. Inside this yurt is a 15-foot circular pool filled with 4 feet of warm water. Once they have waded in, clients can strap on narrow floatation devices to assist Lange as she guides them through the water. As she performs the massage, Lange gently strikes Tibetan singing bowls drifting alongside her in the water, creating a soundscape to further soothe the senses.
solicitous service providers at Dillard’s seek to nurture, renew, and invigorate their clientele with an array of prettifying procedures. A smile and a beverage greet guests as they settle in for one of Dillard’s hair and nail or spa services. Distinguish epidermises from shag carpets with a wax treatment ($18–$72) or reward hardworking lower paws with a Caribbean Therapy foot treatment, where an exfoliating paste combines with a warm seaweed mask to soothe and style piggies before they head to the market to trade pork futures ($60). Explore new ‘dos with a haircut and style ($28+) or emphasize favorite hair strands with a partial highlight treatment ($50+); all hair services begin with a dry-hair consultation and include a shampoo and scalp massage. The pampering camp then concludes with embellishments of complimentary makeup and a sincere promise to become pen pals.
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Certain hairstyles look good on certain facial shapes. When a client asks for a haircut you know will be a mismatch for them, how do you handle it?
I tactfully guide them to a choice that will flatter them more, maybe using some of the elements they like about the other style.
For many people, a trip to the salon is a way to enjoy some "me time." What supplemental courtesies do you offer to make guests feel relaxed?
I offer my clients cold drinks, and I can also do makeup, mani-pedis, and scalp massages if they schedule them in advance.
At Liquid Salon and Spa, a troupe of 25 stylists, spa techs, and manicurists perform beauty magic on a stage decorated with earth-toned tile patterns and welcoming wall art. Modern fixtures spill calming light onto styling stations where master hair artists bestow heads with updos, precision haircuts, and color work. Customers stride over to comfy leather chairs at a manicure area or retire to a tranquil private treatment room for a massage. A menu of spa packages orchestrates medleys of various services, such as the Wedding Cake bridal package, which includes waxings, nail services, and an updo, along with free mimosas and bouquet-vaulting lessons for brides-to-be. In addition to supporting the beauty triumphs of clients, the salon and spa also supports a number of local charitable causes, including Locks of Love and the National Breast Cancer Foundation.
Attend to spinal discomforts with a massage session tailored to problem areas. The 60-minute treatment relieves discomforts with Swedish, deep-tissue, myofascial and neuromascular therapies, as well as joint range-of-motion techniques. The two-fold healing fest continues with the ion detox foot soak. Baste tired toes into a briny broth of mineral sea salts to flush out toxins and energize the blood. With more than 200 large pores, the feet are a natural place to detox, and due to that, you should drink lots of water before and after treatment. Benefits of the podiatric plunge-and-purge can include relief for muscle aches and joint pains, a boost in immunity and energy levels, and faster healing of soft-tissue injuries sustained after being mistaken for an un-tender cut of meat.
Ulta's licensed staff, which partakes in ongoing training to keep skills sharp, creates customized looks and expert image enhancement using acclaimed beauty products. Like a loaf of bread in a space shuttle with a broken sunroof, hairstyles can grow stale between salon visits. A 45-minute coif-cultivation session, in which the stylist takes into account face shape and lifestyle, energizes follicles and forges a salon-fresh look. In the one-hour Dermalogica facial, an aesthetic augur examines skin in order to customize a course of cleansing, toning, and moisturizing session with Dermalogica products. The treatment leaves skin impeccable, like a recently buffed and oiled slab of marble.