The Mona Lisa isn’t just a portrait of timeless beauty, it’s also the product of a partnership between Mona Aldridge and Lisa Erwin. The licensed massage therapists and health advocates opened the Monalisa Wellness Center with the shared goal of helping their clients improve their overall well-being in many ways, creating a sanctuary that instills calmness as spa services are performed.
The privately located center—secluded and set back from the busy streets—offers massage, facials, body treatments, acupuncture, weight-loss treatments, and other services, including custom blends of services to meet individual needs. Expert aestheticians and therapists, some with 25 years of experience, help clients detoxify and feel cleansed through services such as gentle wraps infused with a mixture of aloe vera and herbs, or Microcurrent and LED light anti-aging treatments for lifting and contouring the face and body without surgery.
Julianna Pabst and Granville Dane](http://gr.pn/v3nXG3)—the creative masterminds behind Julianna & Dane Salon and Spa—have decades of collective experience in the beauty industry. While Granville specializes in hair services, Julianna—a licensed clinical aesthetician with years of experience as a film and television makeup artist—handles the skincare and bodycare aspects of their cozy duplex spa. Her commitment to high-quality skincare hasn’t gone unnoticed: D Magazine says of Julianna, “One of her best traits is her character…she really wants to help people look their absolute best.”
A menu of body treatments relies on natural extracts culled from seaweed, papaya, and very realistic still lifes to nourish and repair skin while eliminating toxins. Skincare services treat acne-prone, aging, or sensitive skin with professional products from Pevonia and Vivant Skin Care.
Anyone who works in art restoration can tell you that to do a good job, you have to consider the piece as a whole. The aestheticians and massage therapists at Skin and Body Solutions Day Spa have the same philosophy, which is why their menu extends past facials to include body wraps, massages, and even airbrush tanning. The express facial quickly cleanses and exfoliates the skin before a custom rubberizing mask finishes perfecting with toning and hydration. Clients in the mood for heavy-duty restoration can opt for the Whole ShaBang—an 85-minute facial that includes deep cleansing, a yogurt peel, an oxygen wrap, and a seaweed mask before finishing with fireworks, flying doves, and a standing ovation. Full-body waxing services remove unwanted hair obscuring facial features, and airbrush tanning imparts a golden-brown hue. Massage services disentangle muscle knots and include a paraffin foot wrap.
Licensed massage therapist Stacey Garrett ushers bodies into uncharted states of serenity with therapeutic massages enhanced with restorative botanicals and oils. She combines the massage's power to pamper with its ability to help detox the body, squeezing out embedded toxins with practiced pressure and triggering the body’s lymphatic system with red-rice scrubs, purifying masks, and herbs.
During each Thai herbal massage, hot-stone massage, or craniosacral-therapy session, Stacey sets the stage for personalized comfort by adjusting the lighting, music, wallpaper pattern, and temperature to her clients' preferences. She also encourages clients to make mental notes of sensations and feelings felt during their massage in order to heighten body awareness and give them a deeper understanding of what types of treatment will suit their recurring discomfort.
Nnedi Iwuchukwu wears many hats. In addition to being a certified personal trainer and Zumba instructor, she’s a licensed massage therapist and boasts clientele ranging from charitable organizations to the Dallas Cowboys. Through continuing education at Parker University's College of Chiropractic and the Body Business School for Massage, Nnedi gained an intricate understanding of physiology and how to ease tension with Thai acupressure, hot-stone therapy, and deep-tissue pressure. Furthermore, Nnedi’s own fondness for kickboxing, cycling, and running laps on a gigantic hamster wheel lend her an intimate knowledge of how the human body responds to rigorous athletic exercise, which allows her to better soothe post-workout bodies with signature bodywork.
Recently nominated Best Spa in Addison by Addison magazine, A Feel Good Experience Spa employs a highly trained staff whose aim is to make every spa service soothing to both body and mind. They dole out a range of skincare treatments and specialized products to erase flaws and enhance beauty. Facials rely on Dermalogica products—an established brand free of common irritants—and sometimes incorporate light therapy to brighten skin and improve its health. Like the cover of a romance novel, the spa menu focuses primarily on skin, but the staff believes in a holistic approach to care. They infuse some body wraps with aromatherapy treatments, emphasize the all-over benefits of massages, and offer foot reflexology for balance and energy.