At Therefore Salon, a team of stylists specializes in transforming straight or naturally curly strands with Redken color and a variety of services. They dress up looks with Donna Bella Milan's I-Link Pro Remy human hair extensions, which do not damage natural hair with heat, glue, or vindictive glitter. Staffers are certified to perform Brazilian Blowout straightening treatments, and can also beautify nails and enhance faces with makeup by LeeLiz.
Guests can check out the adjacent gift boutique for couples pendants and other LeeLiz jewelry. The salon's reception area welcomes guests with a tall green plant, a cushy leather sofa, and plenty of windows to allow in natural light and avian approval of new feather extensions.
A wildly successful alternative to traditional day spas—its more than 300 locations blanket 36 states and half a dozen countries—Planet Beach Contempo Spa is a futuristic relaxation station where state-of-the-art machines administer all the spa and tanning services. These friendly automatons sometimes replace familiar treatments, as in the Luminous facial, a light-based service that delivers blemish-busting results similar to those of a conventional facial. But other equipment maps out new spa territory entirely: the Hydro-Derma Fusion chamber moisturizes the whole body with nutrient-rich steam in order to offset the effects of a dry climate or a rear-end collision with a salt truck. Other machines whiten teeth, spray tan skin, and massage muscles.
Planet Beach operates on a gym-style membership system, meaning members purchase packages or pay flat monthly rates. As members spend more time at the spa, they get to know the helpful assistants who are always on hand to demonstrate how to use the equipment without activating its ability to cry.
Since 1995, the doctors at Oak Creek Relief and Wellness have preferred to bypass drugs and surgery with non-invasive techniques that aid in weight loss, along with ailment-fighting chiropractic care, fitness training, and nutritional advice. Lipo Light helps slim and tone physiques through lipolysis—the breaking down and release of fatty acids from targeted areas of the body.
The clinic's chiropractic approach encompasses spinal and nonspinal adjustments, both of which improve clients’ bodily alignment and overall health. Techniques include spinal decompression therapy, cold laser therapy, exercise rehabilitation, and massage therapy. The doctors of chiropractic also correct subluxations and relieve the pain associated with scoliosis, shoulder pain, sciatica, or curly muscles. Their wellness center fortifies the whole body with fitness programs and suggested stretches.
Though their specialties may differ, team members at Intuitive Healing LLC share one important trait: they understand that each human body is a complex organism and that no two are quite alike. This common understanding leads them to reject a one-size-fits-all approach to health and rely instead on custom detoxification and wellness programs.
If there's one thing Danielle Szymanski and her husband Dale have in common, it's a love of helping people. Danielle found an outlet for that love early on, when she got her cosmetology license after attending separate schools for hair and nails to reap the best education possible, worked backstage at a number of hair shows, and eventually opened Splash Hair Design & Spa in 2006. Dale took a little longer. As only a significant other could, Danielle knew that Dale had a real gift for massage, and repeatedly tried to convince him to attend school to hone his talent. After four years, he finally relented and registered for the Wisconsin School of Massage Therapy, where he earned the nickname Magic Hands, graduated, and soon began performing tension-melting massages for clients at Splash.
At their stylish salon and spa, Danielle and Dale oversee a team of independent contractors with a minimum of five years of experience apiece as they beautify, pamper, and soothe each client that walks through the door. On the sun-drenched stylists' floor decked in flowing window treatments and a hand-painted mural, clients kick back in cushy black chairs as hairdressers enhance locks with flattering cuts, vibrant color, transformative texture treatments, and formal styles for weddings and teddy-bear weddings. A cluster of tranquil treatment rooms beckon guests in for pore-purifying facials, waxing services, and of course, Dale's legendary massage treatments, which one client attests are enough to make her drool.
Sunlight filters through the windows of Core Essence Yoga’s loft-style studio, reflecting off the rare patch of hardwood floor that remains uncovered by a colorful yoga mat. Stretch-induced groans escape the lips of students as they lift their legs high into the air or arch their backs and touch their palms to the floor behind them. The studio’s instructors—all of whom are registered yoga teachers and many of whom have achieved 200-hour certifications in their chosen style—look on approvingly and illustrate subsequent poses with their own lithe bodies.
The above scene typifies the classes offered at Core Essence Yoga, a studio on the east side of town that caters to beginners and experienced yogis alike. Music diffuses throughout the semi-heated room during Slow Flow classes that introduce new students to the Vinyasa style with gentle movements and focused breathing techniques. Instructors crank up the thermostat for advanced Power Vinyasa classes, which establish stronger ties between breath and movement and experiment with challenging poses such as arm inversions and downward-facing octopuses. Muscles strained during these sweat-inducing sessions regain their vitality during relaxing Thai bodywork. An ancient form of bodywork that draws on the collected wisdom of 2,500 years, Thai bodywork balances the body’s energy channels, releases emotional blocks, and evaporates stresses.
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