Oasis Pamper Bar's staff of stylists, makeup artists, and aestheticians ushers in body-wide beauty with a full complement of meticulous treatments. The staff spruces unkempt nails, soothes visages with one of six specialized facials, and renders fuzz-laden hides smooth enough to play shuffleboard on with a slathering of wax and a quick flick of the wrist. Lavish pamper parties cater to larger groups that may rent out the spa space and its style-savvy personnel for a night of mass beautification.
Beauty specialist Vimaa Patel opened I Bar to concentrate on threading, body art, and permanent makeup. Vimaa ensures her staff is practiced in the ancient technique of eyebrow threading—gently pruning and shaping brows with cotton strings—by requiring potential team members to have at least two years of experience. The technicians also enhance eyes and brows with permanent-makeup treatments and personalize shoulders, ankles, and calves with temporary body art, such as birds, blossoms, or safe combinations.
I Bar's intensive focus on a handful of treatments let the staff master their craft, and customers took notice. Within four years, the beauty haven expanded to four locations, each of which maintains the rigorous quality and boutique ambiance of the original.
Director Tony DeMartile—whose favorite Aveda product happens to be the glossing straightener—leads the skilled staff of stylists and aestheticians at Solé Salon and Spa Aveda. He and his team employ an arsenal of botanical Aveda products as they wrangle hairdos, shape brows, and refresh skin. Solé's goal is a simple one: to make the experience of each client relaxing, fun, and memorable. To that end, its facials and skincare services for men and women alike imbue epidermises with moisture while unclogging pores. Stylists treat hair the way a pro football team's grounds crew treats grass: they cut it, color it, and perform conditioning treatments on it with Aveda hair products.
Back in Action Massage owner Chris Barnes and his staff of therapists know a thing or two about relaxation. When he wasn’t spending blissful afternoons lounging on the deck of his sailboat, Barnes logged 900 hours in National Holistic Institute's core program. In the process, he achieved the highest levels of massage mastery available. An expert in Swedish, shiatsu, Thai, and deep tissue massage, he also uses his adroit hands to relieve stress by performing myofacial therapy or opening really stubborn cream cheese packets for clients during big meetings.
Angelina Spector may have been a certified personal trainer since 1994, but according to her, she's actually in the business of making dreams come true. "Physical transformation begins with a dream," she says on MindBody Connection’s site, referring to the secret hopes her clients hold for what their bodies might be able to do or look like. She keeps these hopes in mind when constructing individualized regimens that build muscle and burn fat through group exercise workshops or personal-training sessions.
With the aid of six other teachers, Angelina slims physiques with a selection of name-brand exercises, such as Pilates, Gyrotonic, and the Nia Technique, a combination of martial arts and dance used to fight off the rhythm when it inevitably comes to get you.
With more than 10 years of experience in soothing sinews, Anya Drapkin blends a variety of Eastern and Western massage modalities to lift aches from anxious backs and shoulders. Backed by an impressive list of certification and training, Anya uses her skilled hands to knead muscles using organic lotions and light oils, complementing custom massages with soothing aromatherapy. Practicing styles that include Swedish, deep-tissue, myofascial-release, and prenatal massage, therapeutic sessions work to lessen stress or focus on repairing areas of specific injury from work-related repetitive motions or participation in professional body-slam competitions.