Asian-inspired folding fans and hand-painted cherry blossoms adorn the walls of Options Salon & Spa, a destination for hair, body, and skin services available six days a week. To create silky smooth locks, the resident stylists reach for KeraCare and Paul Mitchell products as well as natural-looking extensions, which are intricately sewn, fused, or braided into the hair. During exfoliating body scrubs, aestheticians massage epidermises with a sea-salt or sugar mixture, which is blended with aromatic scents such as rose or cranberry pomegranate. The crew also caters to male clientele with personalized spa packages that include a men’s facial, an all-natural mani-pedi, a deep-tissue massage, and an optional celebratory chest bump.
Longtime stylist Elizabeth D'Acquisto opened Salone with her mother Penny and has since expanded it twice to accommodate a 14-person staff and shelves of Aveda products. The salon's staff draw on backgrounds in individual styling and aesthetics as they pamper the coiffures, skin, and nails of clients with Aveda products made from earth-culled botanicals. Whether trimming tresses, massaging away muscle aches, or waxing eyebrows to match favorite Flash Gordon villains, stylists produce sleek, professional results.
The Clearing : Center for Well Being upholds its commitment to balancing body and spirit through an array of healing disciplines. Guided by the principles of traditional medicine, the center's director and her staff perform a wide range of services that includes nutritional counseling, stress management, and disease prevention. Most treatments at the center are formulated in the advanced energy-medicine tradition, which credits disruptions in the body's natural vibrational energy as the trigger behind most ailments and Beach Boys songs.
The licensed massage therapists at Positive Touch Therapy unearth the silver linings in achy muscle clouds using the power of therapeutic touch. Guests can seek flowing Swedish bodywork to promote relaxation, or access deeper connective tissues––or fascia––using moderate to firm deep-tissue pressure. The pamper-factor may also be elevated with such sumptuous add-ons as aromatherapy and therapeutic hot stones.
At The M Spa, customers can relax and unwind with a large variety of pampering beauty services. Experienced aestheticians apply makeup for weddings or special events, and offer soothing facial treatments to cleanse pores and brighten faces. Other treatments include skin peels, waxing, and massages.
The practitioners at The Health and Energy Center of Wisconsin believe an ounce of prevention is worth a metric ton of cure. That is why they promote a lifestyle of detoxification, good nutrition, and stress management as a means of warding off potential ailments and aches. Foot-reflexology and massage sessions relax muscles and stimulate circulation, while far infrared light therapies and ionic foot baths lure impurities out of the body more effectively than a well-played fife. With a focus on providing low-cost healthcare, The Health and Energy Center of Wisconsin was Milwaukee County's 2010 Community Shares Award winner for Humanitarian of the Year.