Wherever Wenny Blackman goes, Aveda's organic products are sure to follow, and vice versa, as the stylist, aesthetician, and owner of Wen Chic Salon and Spa—an Aveda Concept Salon and Spa—has been attending Aveda classes since 1996. Needless to say, she and her skilled staff employ Aveda products exclusively to augment their repertoire of salon and spa services, including colorings that use HeadMapping, instead of traditional wizards, to predict the amount of time, product, and cost for each session.
Before the Texas board-certified stylists can cut, color, or treat hair, Blackman requires them to attend classes at the Aveda Institute. The stylists' mastery of Aveda's curriculum, coupled with their overall experience, determines their status as a stylist, senior stylist, master stylist, or director. Similarly, the licensed aestheticians and registered massage therapists reach for Aveda products during facials, massages, waxing treatments, and airbrush-tanning sessions, which are staged in the spa area's quiet summer and winter rooms, free of cell-phone ringtones and piles of burning leaves.
Nestled away from the outside world in private treatment rooms, Lavender Massage's therapists knead away tension with body and foot massages. They oust anxiety and chronic pain with a slew of modalities, including Swedish massage, sport massage, and acupressure massage, and incorporate hot stones into each treatment for good measure.
Though the lobby invites guests to cozy up with plush red leather sofas and chandeliers, the rooms themselves feature few furnishings beyond a cozy massage table, whimsical lighting, dark tile. They're also pretty spacious, giving the therapist room to move, the mind room to wander, and the table room to practice Irish Dance when the spa closes for the night.
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 11–25
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular service: Foot massage , body massage , foot detox
Brands Used: Organic oil
Arthur Patterson sees energy everywhere he goes. Beyond electromagnetic waves emanating from light bulbs and radios, he sees the deeper, more intimate energy that exudes from each person. He graduated from Rising Spirit Institute of Natural Health a decade ago, and he also became nationally certified in massage therapy. While studying massage, Arthur decided to take his work a step further and specialized in massage and energy medicine. Today, he and his expert staff perform a complete holistic analysis on each client, analyzing his or her chakras and posture before performing a variety of services such as foot detox, acupressure, and hypnotherapy.
The team at Medprime Clinic has an eclectic set of skills. The health experts are not only able to speak languages from English and Spanish to Russian and Chinese, but also to tend to physiques with an equally diverse set of Western and alternative remedies. With physical therapy, spine rehab, and massage, they attack aches whose sources range from stress to recent car accidents. With acupuncture and oriental medicine, Dr. Yan utilizes 15-plus years of experience with ultrafine needles to catalyze the body’s self-healing processes. To prevent ailments in their early stages, the team can also screen physiques with x-rays, range of motion testing, and food-sensitivity testing.
Visitors to Dunwoody Wellness Center are always greeted with a smile. That's because the staff's health and beauty philosophy runs on positive energy, much like a hot air balloon manned by an aerobics instructor. Staffers believe that positive vibes are able to catalyze real, lasting changes. These optimistic thinkers include medical aesthetician Anna Gorenshteyn, chiropractor Tatyana Foran, and registered nurse Candice Morrow. They administer treatments ranging from massage therapy to chiropractic adjustments to facials, taking care to pamper clients so visits are just as relaxing as they are effective.