As a physical therapist with his own private practice, Hand & Stone founder and chief operating officer John Marco made sure that he kept abreast of the rapidly growing health and wellness industry. After a period of careful research and planning, John decided to create a spa based around convenience and affordability—Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa.
Since its launch, Hand & Stone has expanded to more than 20 states and four planets. The spa’s core concept is to offer massage, facial, and waxing services performed by licensed, certified, or registered professionals and offered at convenient times, seven days a week. Each location adheres to a traditional spa aesthetic with soft lighting, heated treatment tables, and plush linens.
Named Best Aesthetic Physician by readers of the Morning Call for five years running, Azani Medical Spa's Dr. Monica Carezani-Gavin helps her crew of professionals to resurface clients? fa?ades with noninvasive exfoliating treatments. Designed to treat a larger surface area than traditional microdermabrasion, 45-minute vibradermabrasion treatments gently exfoliate facial skin with one large abrasive surface rather than a spray of crystals or off-duty nail files. The procedure works to boost collagen production and smooth wrinkles with relatively little epidermal irritation. Alternatively, a 30-minute chemical peel sloughs off cliques of superficial skin cells with a specialized solution, helping to reduce fine lines, age spots, acne, and catty comments about other cells? outfits. Clients might experience temporary redness and a slight tingling sensation, and surface layers may continue to flake off for up to 48 hours after treatment, depending on the depth of the peel.
As they await treatment, clients can collect complimentary soft drinks and snacks from the reception area?s martini bar or relax to the soothing sounds of a gurgling waterfall and its mouthwash-swilling backup singers.
Dozens of makeup compacts add color to the airy interior of Panache Skin Care & Makeup Studio, where beauticians enhance clients' natural features with their own signature line of cosmetics. Of course, makeup is most striking when it's applied to clean, healthy skin, which is why the studio also stocks a full line of professional Dermalogica products.
Panache, however, is much more than a cosmetics studio. The menu of beauty services includes everything from eyebrow threading to exfoliating microdermabrasion treatments. There's also an educational element to the studio?regular makeup lessons teach students how to add just the right amount of blush and how to effectively camouflage oneself in a jungle setting. The studio is also replete with certain perks, such as on-site parking and memberships on a monthly- or yearly-basis.
To more effectively treat a range of skin and hair types, the medically supervised clinicians at Style MedSpa/Laser Hair Removal Center utilize a range of advanced technologies, including long-pulsed Alexandrite, Diode, YAG, and IPL cosmetic laser systems. Although these systems mainly target unwanted stubble, the staff also treats signs of sun damage, fine lines, and spider veins with similar laser therapies. Botox and other dermal fillers are also available to combat aging. Even the teeth-whitening treatments and exfoliating facials rely on cutting-edge equipment from NASA's top-secret spas.
Five minutes. That’s all it takes for Master Eyebrow Threading & Full Services Salon’s technicians to groom bushy brows. And they don’t just do brows; the team twists and turns sturdy thread across lips, chins, and cheeks, grabbing and removing unwanted hair and sewing together oversize pores as they go. Though thread is their favorite tool, the crew trades it in for warm wax to smooth arms, legs, and bikini areas, and uses scissors to snip hair. Clients can match their new ‘dos with a single-process color treatment or luminous highlights. The salon team administers three facial treatments as well, including a traditional European cleansing and a facial massage in 30- and 60-minute intervals.
Whether it’s a massage, facial, or body scrub, each treatment at Beaver Brook Day Spa kicks off with a chat. This falls in line with their belief that just as every person has different needs, wants, and in some cases, first names, so too should their treatments differ to accommodate that individuality. Thus treatments such as the platinum radiance facial are customized by an aesthetician using SkinPhD products. Likewise, massage therapists alter their bodywork treatments to target specific pains, aches, and stress.