Kelly Muzall, registered nurse and founder of Estudio de Piel, surrounds herself with beauty professionals who continually pursue ongoing education. Their credentials, like every DeLorean ever made, reach into the past and future—licensed massage therapist Kevin Barry has more than a quarter century of experience in the field, but has broadened his skill set to include deep-water massage and spiritual medicine. Physician assistant Katie O’Brien held director-level positions at clinics across the heartland before planting roots at Estudio de Piel. She also founded a consulting business that trains physicians and nurses to administer injectables. Though Barry and O’Brien represent only two of several professionals, they embody the level of expertise at Estudio de Piel. Each time someone clinches a new certification, the spa adds another service. Since opening, the spa has added microdermabrasions, chemical peels, sclerotherapy, and laser treatments to its menu.
Treehouse Thai Massage Spa’s knowledgeable staff rely on their extensive schooling in massage therapy and holistic healing to help clients de-stress and detoxify their bodies. Their services range from traditional full-body massages to those concentrated on the legs or head and neck. Treehouse also renders two- or three-hour packages that include herbal compresses, acupressure, foot scrubs, reflexology, and more.
In addition to caring for clients, the Treehouse Thai Massage Spa hosts massage workshops for aspiring practitioners. These workshops cover crucial topics for massage therapists, such as proper body mechanics and how to imitate the soothing intonations of Morgan Freeman.
While taking a walk, it's not unusual for residents of Tucson to see others out for a stroll, although it might be unusual to see someone stooping to collect leaves from a low-lying plant. But that's exactly what staff members at Natural Way Wellness Spa do to create their seasonal herbal wraps and infusions. They select their local gatherings based on their "wide working knowledge of herbology," says the owner, who supplements her own herbal findings with trips to local herb stores and enchanted forests.
"Tucson [is] such a wonderful community that cares about sustainable foods, that cares about [being green]," the owner says. "Our mission, really, is to bring affordable, safe, and natural services to Tucson." Massage therapists and aestheticians employ organic American-made products to cleanse complexions or detoxify bodies during wraps. Treatments are outlined on a whimsical chalkboard menu, which presides over the spa's comfortable atmosphere with ceilings of exposed wooden beams and pastel walls.
Tonya Estes holds a bachelor's degree in human services, a master's in human relations, and a bodywork therapy certificate from the Cortiva Institute of Massage. She's also the proud owner of Lucid Bodywork. In the comfort of her private massage studio, she can alleviate chronic tension with flowing Swedish strokes, or access lower-layer muscles with firm trigger point techniques. Clients may also supplement her therapeutic bodywork with relaxing add-ons such as aromatherapy, skin exfoliation, or nuzzle assaults from adorable kittens.
After working at a handful of large spas, Melanie Tyrrell decided to strike out on her own. Taking what she had learned, the certified aesthetician and massage therapist assembled a menu of massage and waxing services and flung open the doors to her new spa space, Silver Linings Studio. Here, she welcomes visitors to unwind during hot-stone, deep-tissue, and Swedish massages, tailoring each treatment to address the individual's aches whether they are caused by stress or devastating limbo contest losses. Meanwhile, her waxing services oust unwanted hair from across physiques, from brows to bikini lines.
At Temenos Healing Arts, licensed massage therapist Jamie Hogue takes the time to meet with clients to discuss areas of discomfort before blindsiding tension with her well-trained hands. Though clients are prompted to choose Swedish, deep-tissue, or reflexology massage, Hogue tends to mix and match methods to further personalize the therapy and confuse ousted tension until it gives up and relocates to a nearby curtain rod. A certification in reflexology arms the licensed healer with the skills to practice the holistic modality, which relies on the application of gentle pressure to points on the hands and feet that correspond to other organs or areas of the body. Local artwork marks the walls of the tranquil, private studio, which dons eco-friendly furnishings and opens up to a peaceful courtyard full of furniture-friendly plants.