Named for the Hawaiian word for thanks, praise, and respect, the signature Mahalo massage makes sure the body is relaxed, rested, and respected for the course of an entire hour. Owner and licensed massage-therapist Katherine Awalt treats clients to her healing hands, which transport aching bodies to a land of reality-based make-believe. Utilizing a mélange of Swedish, sports, deep-tissue, and medical massage techniques for customized treatments, the signature Mahalo massage can help to reduce pain, improve stiffness, and increase circulation. Awalt is passionate about healing tired, sore soul sacks and perking up flagging, worn smile muscles. All services take place within Mahalo's tropically bedecked confines, which feature walls painted in hues of bright blue and green, tropical flowers, and natural lighting that evokes an early morning on a beach that's not surrounded by hostile dolphins.
Inside a renovated bank vault, stylists in training cut, color, and style the manes of their clients with Paul Mitchell products and techniques. In addition to foil color and highlights, the student stylists provide services such as chemical relaxers, deep-conditioning treatments, and perms.
Dawn's Pizzazz crafts personalized coiffing experiences from detailed consultations, helping to earn it a spot as one of Salon Today's top-200 salons in 2011. A salon concierge can tailor a stylist recommendation to suit each client's needs. Cut-and-style odysseys begin with a cranium-racking consultation, which calculates an equation of lifestyle, personality, and hair type to determine a customized shaping strategy. After 30–45 minutes of soaking and scissoring, a final style preps hair for reentry onto sidewalk runways.
At The Brow & Wax Studio, Yahaira helms a team of technicians who have been servicing clients for more than 10 years. They meticulously groom the body during a wide range of high quality waxing services such as threading, tweezing, and general body waxing. The studio also gives clients a shiny new glow with spray tans and accentuates eye shape and color with lash and brow tinting.
Though the historic post-and-beam building that houses her studio dates all the way back to the 1830s, licensed massage therapist Lynda Williams is used to dealing with healing traditions that are even older than that. She draws upon her training and experience in ancient Eastern and Western modalities—including acupressure, craniosacral, and positional release therapy—to release stress, address chronic pain, and relieve the symptoms of an array of medical conditions. Each therapeutic session is tailored to clients' individual needs, addressing both physical symptoms and their underlying physical or emotional causes.
Eleven types of tanning beds fall into six categories at Tan & Body Centers—starting at Category 1 with just the basics and increasing in perks such as cooling fans and integrated speakers as they go up. At the top of the heap is the UltraBronz Supernova bed, which includes 1,000-watt, high-pressure lamps and a plush cushion to sink into.
The skin- and bodycare experts at Body Essentials Holistic Spa and Wellness Center strike a balance between relaxing and energizing therapies to restore equilibrium to stressed-out bodies. Rejuvenating body treatments blend all-natural products with Eastern modalities—such as Thai herbal massages, Pranayama yoga breathing techniques, and reiki—to promote healing and relaxation. Nine types of facials target aging skin, congested sinuses, or chins covered in crayon scribbles.