Even while focusing on just one muscle group, a massage should seek to relax the entire body. That's the idea behind The Core Total Body Salon & Wellness Spa, a holistic healing space that enhances its spa services with natural herbs and essential oils. Whether performing deep-tissue massages or relaxing pedicures, the experienced aestheticians rely on natural treatments to keep the entire body relaxed and feeling at peace.
The staffers at iNails Salon and Spa send bodies into states of relation with an array of nail, facial, and massage services. Experienced nail technicians pamper all 20 digits with 14 Botanical Escapes Herbal Spa treatments that blanket skin surfaces with a bouquet of natural ingredients. Guests submit finger or toe tips to soak in a bath bubbling with oils smelling of soothing cocoa or rejuvenating peppermint, preventing patrons from having to waste secret stashes of Junior Mints on DIY footbaths. SaniSmart spa jets bubble around ankles as techs pluck sanitized tools from a hospital-grade autoclave to scrub skin and prune everything in the vicinity of the nail. A choice of lacquer or nail-strengthening treatment caps each nail service. The salon also offers specialty manicures and pedicures aimed at relieving congestion, detoxifying, or rejuvenating clients, and tends to the body's other relaxation points with massages and facials that employ Dermalogica products.
Most city dwellers hardly have time to tackle their long lists of responsibilities, let alone make time for themselves. But Yelena at Skin Logic Atlanta believes it's this hectic metropolitan lifestyle that makes regular spa visits so important. At the tranquil studio in upscale Buckhead, guests can kick back and forget their worries during one of seven customized facials, each of which begin with a thorough skin analysis to tailor the techniques to each complexion's unique issues. For full-body relaxation, a slate of body treatments—including the slimming and detoxifying Lay Down and Dream Body Wrap, which uses infrared energy to flush out impurities—both relax muscles and brighten exteriors. The spa also offers waxing treatments to sculpt brows, banish facial fuzz, or smooth body areas to cut precious seconds from grocery-shopping times.
There's no skin issue too daunting for Christy Durrah. The Jazmin Spa aesthetician applies her expertise to services such as exfoliating body scrubs that gently remove dead skin cells and replenish skin. She joins a staff that beautifies clients with facials, deep-tissue massages, and relaxing spa packages that combine facials, massages and mani-pedis.
The décor of Knockouts mimics that of a boxing ring, but—unlike the real thing—patrons look better when they leave. After a consultation with one of the scissor-handed stylists, your Heavyweight haircut will kick off with a relaxing shampoo. As a stylist snips, shaves, and shears, direct your attention toward the many flat-screens showing all the day's top sports and a few of its bottom ones, such as mixed martial horseshoes and the World's Slowest Man tournament. After the follicular wreckage is cleared with a second round of shampoo and a rinse, your stylist will treat you to a neck-tingling scalp massage before arranging head-strands to your specifications and shellacking them in place.
All treatments last one hour and are administered by aestheticians who customize procedures to suit the particular skin type and belly button concavity of each client. During a celestial facial, clients are pampered with dual cleansing, steam therapy, gentle extraction, mask, and massage. The treatment balances skin tone, sloughs off dead cells, and purges pores of grease, grime, and misplaced roller-skates. The mineral salt scrub excavates deep beneath dermal strata to reveal smooth, glowing skin. Sink into a plush, heated bed to be slathered with mineral salt and then wiped clean with steam towels and kitten tongues. The treatment concludes with a warm shower, light massage, and rich body cream. Sea mud wraps detoxify, exfoliate, and nourish with seaweed, botanicals, and plant enzymes. Sealed in a warm, relaxing wrap of mineral clay, patients will feel like Cleopatra being fit for her custom-built sarcophagus. Those opting for a Swedish massage will be gently stroked with kneading and effleurage (gliding pressure applied by thumb pad or fingertip). Totally relax while circulation is stimulated and stress icicles melt into pristine mountain fresh water and edelweiss.