The Salt Suite's halotherapy rooms were carved from 24,000 pounds of salt imported from the Dead Sea, historically noted for its healing and wellness properties. The naturally antibacterial salt lies in layers upon the floor and walls, also flavoring the dry aerosol emissions that circulate within the fresh, temperate air pumped into each room by a halogenerator. Twenty-one minerals found within the salt aim to detoxify, cleanse, and replenish bodies, easing the effects of ailments such as sinusitis, eczema, allergies, asthma, COPD, and flavorless-popcorn syndrome.
The adult suite seats up to seven guests in individual spaces—while relaxing in cushioned chairs, patrons can mind-surf on a wave of soft music, count the number of semicolons in a magazine, or click boldly into unexplored sectors of the Internet. Toys and television entertain little busybodies inside the kids' room, where salt covers the ground and an underwater vista fills the space between floor and ceiling. In addition to salt therapy, The Salt Suite offers Yin, Vinyasa, and Hatha yoga sessions in one of its trademark salt chambers.
Erhan Sakaoglu and Ali Batibay had two things in common: Turkish heritage and the dream of opening a hair salon. They became fast friends and supported each other as they forged separate career paths in America. Batibay built his client base as a hairstylist while Sakaoglu went to law school and became an attorney, but found his passion for the beauty industry irrepressible. The duo finally made their dream a reality by launching Studio 34.
They assembled a team of European stylists who use a European-inspired, proprietary technique to cut hair and transform looks with color, foils, extensions, and relaxers. A skincare specialist performs nonsurgical facelifts, addressing facial skin loosened by aging or repeated bungee jumping. The crew also offers nailcare, waxing, and makeup services. As noted by Skip Sheffield in the Coastal Star, the salon offered complimentary makeovers in 2009 to wives of military personnel as a way to give back to the community.
After spending two decades perfecting her ability to cultivate physical beauty and well-being, Nancy Reagan opened Bella Reina Spa to share her wealth of knowledge with a growing number of beneficiaries. An experienced aesthetician, makeup artist, nail professional, and nutrition expert, she has yet to find a specialty she cannot master, and her all-around savvy may explain the bourgeoning popularity of her boutique, spa, and retail shop, which is also a Smart For Life Weight Management Center affiliate.
Visitors to the spa pass through a glistening entryway lit by the reflective crystals of square chandeliers hanging above. Beyond the entrance?s high-gloss black floors and velvet-flecked wallpaper, Nancy and her team of professional aestheticians moisturize skin with facials and brush cheeks with an array of cosmetics. Her relaxing massages nullify aches accrued from day-to-day stresses or collisions with the spa?s elegant and smudge-free floor-to-ceiling mirrors.
She walked across his back as if he were a pile of hot stones. She wasn’t punishing him—nothing like that at all. She was performing ashiatsu massage—a technique that combines Swedish, myofascial, and compression techniques, all using the feet.
Ashiatsu is just one of eight therapies employed by Victoria Aragon and the staff at Loosen Up Massage. The licensed therapists use their hands for the remaining seven, easing tension and stress with fluid Swedish strokes, or diminishing back pain with prenatal rubdowns that leave babies yearning to get born and schedule their own massages. A quiet and serene room with taupe walls and candlelight sets the scene for each massage as clients relax facedown on a blanketed table.
Men can find a style sanctum inside Lanzetta's retro barbershop, which puts a modern twist on the classic shop with wide, leather-bound barber chairs and a nostalgic barber pole rotating in the window. Minimal styling makes for a more contemporary setting with the ambiance of a cigar bar—sleek leather chairs circle around a rustic wood coffee table where patrons can kick back and watch TV before severing stubble with a straight-razor shave or keeping locks trimmed with a traditional scissor haircut.
As a licensed aesthetician and waxing specialist, Andela rarely comes across a skin problem she can’t solve. Armed with professional products and advanced technologies such as diamond-head microdermabrasion, she clears complexions and softens skin around half-formed tails. Her services range from customized facials and chemical peels to organic, wax-free hair removal with a soy-based Nufree formula.