More than 25 years ago, licensed massage therapist and single mom Peggy Irvin was facing the challenges of raising two children on her own. Despite her personal struggles, Irvin dedicated her life to making other people more comfortable. She founded the original Body Massage Wellness Spa as a massage-only establishment, but through creativity and determination, has assembled a team of highly trained professionals and designed a space that is as soothing as the spa treatments on offer.
Guests sip warm cups of tea before a fragrant aromatherapy or deep-tissue massage, then head to a private room for a facial, Zerona laser body-contouring session, or Botox or Juvederm injection. During manicures, guests sit in cushy high-backed leather chairs facing wooden room dividers whose mirrored panels are ideal for admiring newly polished fingers or seeing how long you can make eye contact with yourself before it gets weird. To further banish quotidian stress, Irvin has outfitted the reception area with tranquil beige and blue-green earth tones and an abundance of plants.
Twelve years of hands-on spa experience were enough to teach Gregg Gonzales a valuable lesson about his clients: no two are the same. He takes this lesson to heart at Dos Manos Massage Studio, where he draws on his intuition and massage know-how to craft massages that cater to all manner of aches and ailments. Stationed within six private treatment rooms, Gregg and his team of licensed massage therapists integrate modalities such as deep tissue and reflexology; the exact combination of techniques used always depends on their clients’ input. During each massage, the team of therapists welcomes clients to plug their own iPod into a dock beside the heated massage table and slip away to the self-recorded sounds of waves crashing or pigeons being tickled. Complimentary refreshments and a calming relaxation room erase any traces of tension that remain after the session.
Today's wellness-wonder Groupon gets you 60 minutes of wonderful wellness at Botanica Wellness Sanctuary, a natural therapy clinic that blends modern science with western and alternative healing techniques. Choose one of the following services: acupuncture ($120), herbal therapy ($70), chiropractic ($125), Reiki ($70), reflexology ($70), naturopathy ($150), cranial sacral therapy ($75), nutritional counseling ($70), or general counseling ($75–$90). The Art Museum: To make up for your rejected art school application, vow revenge on the entire town. The Hypnotist’s Office: To make up for your rejected art school application, steal the hypnotist’s hypno-coin and command an army of birds to enact vengeance on your enemies. The Police Station: To make up for being unjustly accused of ghastly crimes that were clearly committed by birds, allow your bird-servants to lay siege to the building and free you. Leave only one survivor who couldn’t possibly track you to the unfinished high rise. The Unfinished High Rise: To make up for losing your sanity in an bacchanalian spree of bird crime, surrender and hand the hypno-coin to the surviving police officer. Though he seems incorruptible, he shockingly uses the hypno-coin to allow the birds their revenge on you.
Licensed acupuncturist Elizabeth Sartor, a graduate of the Colorado School of Traditional Chinese Medicine’s masters program, entertained herself as a kid by giving members of her family massages. Nowadays, she facilitates wellness in a more official capacity, as the head of Curadora Acupuncture at Ruby Dot Body & Skin Care. By inserting hair-like stainless-steel needles into her clients’ bodies along key energy pathways, she addresses an eclectic set of ailments. Her specialties alone run the gamut from fertility issues to insomnia, which she alleviates by giving every patient a teddy. To enhance her customized treatments, she can incorporate nonacupuncture techniques, such as gentle electrical stimulation or cupping, which stimulates lymphatic circulation with suction from a warm glass cup.
Lauren Evans Mutch and Krystyn Whaley’s beauty icons were their own grandmothers, who taught them the importance of body and skin care. The duo even named their business after their inspirational grandmothers, and now pamper others with massages, mani-pedis, and custom facials. In addition to beauty treatments, acupuncture sessions can help relieve chronic pain, allergies, and bouts of depression.
Most Popular Service: Massage
Brands Used: Sanitas
Minimum Age Requirement: 21
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Parking: Metered street parking
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Andrea, the director at Serenity On St. Paul Day Spa, enjoys making people feel good by helping them look their best. She leads a team of aestheticians and therapists who offer facials, massages, waxing, and nail care. She often has them combine their services into spa packages, which invite guests to spend a few hours within the spa's luxurious confines as they enjoy skin treatments and massages with a side of decadent treats, such as champagne, chocolate truffles, or air that was once breathed by a Broncos player.