When Elle ? A Clinical Day Spa first opened in 1997, its therapists specialized exclusively in massage. But soon, they saw that what the average guest needed most was not a standalone massage appointment, but an immersive, multifaceted experience that could undo the stress that bombards them on a daily basis. Owners Leigh Shaw and Polly Tabares, who have experience in the spa industry and the fields of dermatology and plastic surgery, rethought their approach and expanded their services into both traditional spa therapies and med-spa treatments.
Today, Leigh and Polly oversee everything from body wraps and facials to Botox injections and prescription skincare. They also maintain a stash of products for at-home care, stocking lines such as Dermalogica and bareMinerals by Bare Escentuals. For frequent guests, they coordinate VIP memberships that offer perks such as service discounts and massages that harness the rejuvenating power of phoenix tears.
After gaining beautifying experience in a medical spa and alongside a facial plastic surgeon, licensed aesthetician Brittany Herman opened the doors to her own skincare studio, Skin Deep Esthetics. Amid a private treatment room, Brittany cleans up unwanted hairs scattered along the body, including the brows, legs, and bikini, with custom waxing sessions. Brow and lash tintings darken and define strands with a safe Austrian vegetable dye, and facials for any age and gender aim to rejuvenate visages with Dermaquest Skin Therapy products. Brittany's aptitude for beautifying skin is counterbalanced by her keen eye for aesthetics, which she shows off while applying Youngblood mineral cosmetics onto brides-to-be, flower girls, and newlywed mannequins.
Going beyond the pure pursuit of relaxation, the practitioners at Monroe Therapeutic Massage P.S. work closely with doctors, chiropractors, and hospitals to help ensure a more well-rounded result. To accommodate a variety of clients, the staff has outfitted each massage room with cushy tables perched hydraulic lifts. The highly accessible tables make it easy for patients in wheelchairs or with limited mobility to enjoy a seamless transition from the outside world to the indoor relaxation station. For additional comfort, the beds also feature heaters that allow patients to fully unwind and soften any butter packets that may have been pocketed during last night’s dinner date.
As a former model, The New Look For You founder Mimi Lee-Grier knows beauty isn’t as easy as magazines make it look. But she also knows the behind-the-scenes tricks that make it seem so effortless. Permanent cosmetics, eyelash extensions, and eyebrow tinting are three low-maintenance methods she uses to make eyes bigger, lips fuller, and lashes more seductive—effects that won’t smear or fade while swimming, crying, or both. She also reconditions skin with facials, uses her oil-painter’s hand to apply traditional makeup, and swaddles guests in the deep heat of infrared body wraps.
Tiptoe into Lemon Drop's quaint and quiet confines for a secret rendezvous with one of the spa's relaxation professionals. Lemon Drop dons a full-length shawl of luxurious services, including European-style facials, therapeutic massages, facial and body waxing, and more. The lemon drop facial ($75 for 75 minutes) is the most popular treatment; in addition to deep cleansing, exfoliation, extraction, and application of a custom-blended mask, this treatment includes a light tweeze and trim for unwanted facial fuzz and an aromatic shoulder, neck, décolleté, hand, and arm massage. If grounding your face from TV has gotten you nowhere, enlist the expert help of the blissfully blemish-free facial to effectively reprimand your rebellious pores ($65 for 55 minutes). Massage therapies at Lemon Drop run the gamut, ranging from the focused kneads of the deep Swedish massage ($65 for 60 minutes) to the soothing, specialized strokes of the pregnancy massage ($70 for 60 minutes). If you're looking to combine an end-of-summer beach vacation with a vacation from your razor, take a peek at Lemon Drop's long list of waxing services ($10–$115).
Though it would be a major setback for most people, a car accident helped Monique Bojang discover her life’s passion. After her accident, she met a pair of massage therapists who comforted her with pain-management treatment. She began practicing some of their techniques on friends and family, who noted her natural talent and encouraged her to attend massage school. She finally had the opportunity to pursue her dream full-time by opening Mo`ssage, which, like Ben Franklin’s paella restaurant, started as a mobile service, though it now resides inside Mynt Salon. Here, Monique performs massage treatments ranging from 30 minutes to two hours using Swedish, deep-tissue, and aromatherapy techniques. She also helps clients lose weight with detoxifying herbal wraps, and skims dry skin from feet with marine-salt scrubs and balms.