You'll see Body-N-Balance's tidily uniformed spa therapists in their treatment rooms, of course. But if you're a guest at the Omni Hotel that holds the Body-N-Balance location, you might also see them just about anywhere on the grounds, greeting new arrivals and offering suggestions for nearby restaurants.
It's not a sign that the massage therapists are distracted from their work, however. Body-N-Balance founders Loyd and Monique Wellesley met in massage school, but their vision of service extends far beyond the treatment table. They aim to make guests, including couples, feel welcome and relaxed whether they're in town for a convention or just stopping by for a facial. To that end, they pay close attention not just to the massage strokes, but to the ambience and aromas surrounding their treatments. Those treatments often pamper the skin as well as the muscles, making for multisensory experiences that have won a lot of fans, such as Jessica Skropanic of Worldwide Spa Review who described the back scrub as, "heavenly!"
Aesthetician Tammy Oehlert burnishes facial terrains to a glossy gleam using organic plant-, fruit-, and vegetable-based products. During microdermabrasion sessions, she'll gingerly sluice the face with a stream of coarse exfoliants, sloughing away sullied skin layers, pore pollutants, and dust-mite cigar stubs. This mug-mending procedure may also help to smooth away scars and blemishes over time. Afterwards, she'll regale your frontispiece with a facial designed to firm up and rehydrate your skin so you can pleasantly emote on dates, at weddings, or in James Cagney impersonation contests.
Even without the peacock-blue walls or the old-fashioned birdcage that sits next to the reception desk, Feathers Beauty Lounge would feel like a place for preening. Inside, Aveda-certified stylists cut and color hair and perform wax treatments and mani-pedis. Like planning an art-museum heist, visiting the salon is fun to do with a big group; clients celebrate special occasions by holding princess parties and bridal showers there.
Exhalation massage's master massage therapist blends the soothing powers of stretching, Swedish massage, and aromatherapy into a total-body relaxation experience. Prior to the tension-abolishing massage, she increases guests' circulation while unwinding coiled musculature with stretches. The long glissades of Swedish massage then spread blissful waves of relief across sore muscles and calm hyperactive minds. During the massage, the revitalizing scents of spearmint and eucalyptus fill the air, freeing up congestion and crayons and de-stressing patrons while lifting mood.
A shared passion often brings talented people together. That's certainly the case at Planet Sol Salon, where each staffer brings her own background and artistic eye to the salon chair. Alexa Cline, for example, trained with Redken educators to gain expertise in haircuts and color treatments. Melissa Guerra specializes in chemical texturizing, and Natasha Gutierrez—who has interned with an American Board Certified Haircolorist—uses highlights to give hair the perfect amount of dimension. Not limiting themselves to just hair, the team members also administer aesthetic services such as chocolate foot masks and shellac mani-pedis.
The stylists are educators themselves, too. They know that a new look is ultimately pointless if it can't be regularly recreated at home, especially if clients find themselves stuck in a temporal loop. To that end, they recommend manageable styles and explain the step-by-step process for their creation.