La Belle Boutique offers respite from the day-to-day grind of work, family, and butter churning with an indulgent spa menu. Clients may solicit a skilled aesthetician for waxing or nail services or revamp their tresses with confident layers and highlights. The salon also employs multiple licensed massage therapists to ease tension with techniques ranging from flowing Swedish strokes to deep-tissue pressure.
For the stylists, aestheticians, and massage therapists of The Mane Event Spa and Salon, “going to the office” is synonymous with spending the day in a beautiful, historic house in Lebanon. But that’s not to say that they don’t work hard. They pour passion and expertise into each one-on-one treatment, including hair services, makeup applications, manicures, and massages. They also offer facials that eschew the use of harsh chemicals and controlled fire in favor of plant-derived G.M. Collin products.
Petra's Euro Spa is an extension of the accumulated beauty wisdom of Petra Nicoll, a medical aesthetician and former aesthetics director for Paul Mitchell. She began her more than 25-year career in outer-beauty bolstering by attending schools in London and Munich to study the aesthetician arts, including permanent-makeup application, biofeedback techniques, and plucking eyebrows into the shape of cuneiform etchings. Her spa’s menu of beautifying services for the face, hands, feet, and body is complemented by offerings that focus on the mind-body connection, such as reiki and intuitive readings.
Licensed massage therapist Janet Shelton has been giving massages “since before I can remember,” she says. At first, these were mostly casual sessions for her twin sister, who “was born asking for a massage.” But as Shelton grew up, she came to take her hobby more seriously. Coming from a family of nurses, she “always want[ed] to do something to help people,” and with its positive impacts on injury recovery, therapeutic massage seemed to fit the bill.
Since then, Shelton has supplemented her massage-therapy license with work experience in chiropractic offices and spas. Depending on a client’s needs, she can perform an active clinical massage with stretching and feedback or gently knead for a soothing, quiet experience. No matter the modality, clients can bring in their own music on an iPod and breathe in the scents of botanical oils Shelton blends by hand.