Once cited as a Spa to Get the Red Carpet Treatment in the Editor’s Pick section of 944 Magazine, The Chocolate Day Spa indulges its clients with spa services as decadent as a box of chocolate truffles. During a whoopie-cream massage, the spa’s signature shea-butter lotion softens skin and prevents friction as the massage therapist applies gentle pressure and performs gliding strokes. A treat for the senses, the chocolate-scented massage immerses clients in the aroma of cocoa to save them the trouble of visiting the great chocolate lakes of Appalachia. The spa even takes the guilt out of the indulgence it encourages by providing such slimming treatments as infrared-sauna sessions and Endermologie treatments. Inside the med spa, laser light works to lift faces, tighten eyes, and plump lips, and Botox and Juvéderm reduce the appearance of wrinkles.
The staff at Philosophy Wellness Spa want clients to leave feeling relaxed from head to toe. To that end, the majority of their facial services don't just focus on the cheeks and forehead—they include special treatments for eyes, lips, hands, and feet, as well as a warm stone massage for the neck and shoulders. But everyday facials are just the beginning of what this oasis of calm has to offer. Oxygen infusion facials breathe fresh life into the skin, and Himalayan salt stone massages soothe sore muscles and marinate the skin with iron and nutrients, leaving it prone to kisses from baby deer. Of course, when it comes to health and beauty, what you take out is just as important as what you put in. Which is why the spa also offers a detox body wrap to help expel toxins and excess water weight.
Dr. Sid Mirrafati is so experienced in breast augmentation surgery, you might say he wrote the book on it. Well, maybe not the whole book, but a chapter in the medical text Breast Augmentation: Principles and Practice, in which he explains the water-powered hydro-dissection technique. He has also published books on abdominoplasty and liposuction, as well as one on face-lifts, neck lifts, and other facial surgeries.
In his time away from his ink pot and feathered quill, he has performed more than 17,000 cosmetic surgery procedures, ranging from breast augmentations, reductions, and lifts to tummy tucks, face-lifts, and nose jobs. His clinic, Mira Aesthetic Medical Center, also offers nonsurgical services such as beauty injections, laser skin resurfacing, and laser hair removal.
Black leather sofas, zebra print blow dry chairs, and stylish Parisian wallpaper designs add elegant, yet fun flourishes to Halo Salon’s sleek wood-floored space. In accord with these surroundings, the team of stylists transforms manes into graceful, but hip works of art, performing hair care services that range from simple cuts to individual extensions. They can add pop with a slew of coloring treatments, and tame wild strands with keratin treatments, relaxers, and thermal straightening processes. Of course, they can chop it all off, giving guests an excuse to leave a beautiful donation for Locks of Love or a strange gift for the mailman. To put the finishing touches on more refined looks, staffers can apply makeup or wax away unwanted fuzz from the brows or upper lip.
Health & Beauty Holistic Institute relies on a wide array of treatments to address skin concerns, promote healthy weight loss, and just help you relax a little. The institute's licensed therapists are fluent in nine massage modalities, including a hot-stone massage that eases tension with heated rocks and a lymphatic-drainage technique that detoxifies with gentle strokes.
Armed with professional skincare products by Yon-Ka and Dermalogica, the team of aestheticians restores skin's youthful glow with pampering, aromatic facials. While the therapists can help clients shed pounds with body wraps and non-surgical cavitation sessions, they also encourage them to take a more active role with weekly yoga, Zumba, and bear-wrestling classes.
From inside Balance in Motion, licensed massage therapist Laura Tyner helps bring daily stresses and pain to a halt. Her services range from traditional Swedish, deep-tissue, and sports techniques to more exotic modalities such as lomi lomi—a holistic healing massage first practiced by the ancient Polynesians. In addition to relieving tension, Laura specializes in alleviating chronic lower-back pain and deep tissue massage.