Some may wonder why Regina Collins left an 11-year career in the marketing field to empty her 401K and open her own spa, but the answer is clear from her upbringing. The daughter of a cosmetologist with decades of experience, Regina knew exactly what she could do when the stress of working in the corporate sphere grew too great. She decided to train as a massage therapist, and today, Simple Serenity Spa stands as a relaxing destination for massages, body wraps, and facials. Regina stocks the spa with her own paraben-free skincare line Cellz + Skin Care. These 22 products are color-coded so customers can pick formulas to suit their needs with yellow products for sensitive complexions, blue for mature skin, and tie-dyed for chameleons.
After years of struggling with a negative body image and experimenting with fad diets in an attempt to control her weight, Cindy Blair packed her bags and set off on a health retreat that would change the course of her life. Thanks to a course of detoxifying treatments and adjustments to her nutritional habits, the retreat led to a revolution in Cindy’s self-perception. What she lost in weight, she gained in a curiosity for holistic health that would lead her to the National Holistic Institute of Hawaii and, later, to a certification in colon hydrotherapy. Thirteen years later, as the owner of Pure Body Spa, Cindy helms a wellness staff that repairs rifts between minds, bodies, and spirits with a litany of holistic services. Massage therapy manipulates muscles to release latent anxieties, and infrared sauna sessions permeate the body’s tissues with heat to flush away toxins in beads of sweat. Ionic footbaths push pollutants out through gaps between the toes, and colon hydrotherapy cleanses the intestines with a stream of filtered water that picks up waste and accidentally swallowed tooth fairies on its way out.
There’s always plenty to learn. Licensed acupuncturist Adina Robinson has taken this truism to heart, and continually delves deeper into her passion and chosen profession. Adina has traveled the world to learn more about traditional Chinese medicine, participating in an intensive program of study in Wanzhou, China. Along the way, she has earned certifications in acupuncture face-lifts, aromatherapy, Acugems facial rejuvenation, and Nambudripads Allergy Elimination Technique. She uses these techniques, along with cupping and moxibustion, to move her clients toward a state of balanced health.
In addition to continually adding to her knowledge base through study and frequent doses of library air, Adina has learned that confidence and comfort are important components of her sessions. Sterile, single-use needles ensure that all procedures are safe, and her deft techniques prevent pain and discomfort in almost all situations.
With more than 10 years of professional experience under her belt, Angelica Drum has learned how to incorporate modern technology into millennia-old treatment modalities. This gives her a flexible approach to holistic healthcare that alleviates the energetic imbalances that can cause chronic pain, stress, or anxiety over time. Angelica balances the body’s energy flow with traditional acupuncture sessions, and also provides a needleless acupuncture alternative that uses AcuTron Mentor technology to treat bodies with a combination of microcurrent and color light therapy. Regardless of her methodologies, Angelica's time-honored and modern approaches share the common goal of promoting long-term health and wellbeing by restoring a sense of holistic balance between clients’ minds, bodies, and spirits.
Twelve-year-old Maria Biundo lifts her little sister onto the top of a hamper in their parents' bathroom. She leans in, bringing her face close to the 8-year-old tot's, as she begins to work—sweeping blush across cheeks, shadow over eyelids, and a vibrant hue on lips. After the transformation is complete, Maria steps back to observe her sister's beautified features, and a broad smile spreads across both their faces. The right makeup, she realizes, can make one feel good inside and out. Today, Maria—now a licensed aesthetician—designs the services at Escape & Unwind Salon Spa to emphasize beauty's uplifting effects. She brings homemade chocolate-chip cookies into work each day, pressing them upon clients between facials, massages, manicures, and waxing and makeup services. She also insists that her team undergoes training with reps from skincare and makeup lines such as Jan Marini, Moroccanoil, and DermaQuest to ensure they're using the latest beauty techniques. For maximum pampering, she even hires a professional chef to cater services for bridal parties and other groups with light, healthy food.
The aestheticians and technicians at Skin 2 Envy adhere to an informal code that mandates a high level of care and artistry for every facial, massage, and anti-aging treatment they perform. For instance, the team takes up to two weeks to craft custom skin peels, treating issues ranging from redness to wrinkles to having too many fake moustaches on one's cheek. In order to learn as much as possible about such concerns, aestheticians and massage therapists consult with each client prior to each session.
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