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.
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.
Holistic well-being requires occasional maintenance to relieve the physical manifestations of daily stress. This is one of the central beliefs of Kampol Crews, a cofounder of Tranquility Rx and a certified bodywork therapist who is dedicated to helping his clients live free of pain and pent-up tension. Tranquility Rx’s therapists rely on the rejuvenating benefits of human touch, using Swedish, deep-tissue, and Thai massage modalities to naturally relieve aches and strains caused by everyday activities such as doing laundry and hauling old pianos to the curb. While the therapists can perform a number of different massages, each one shares the common goal of providing a brief escape and allowing clients to return to their lives feeling refreshed.
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.
When 17 Jewels Salon + Spa owner Julie Stevens noticed the inscription “17 jewels” on her late grandfather’s watch, she knew she’d found the perfect name for her salon. The term refers to the jewels—typically synthetic rubies—used to craft mechanical watches that help reduce friction in the internal mechanism, resulting in precise and dependable timekeeping, even in a black hole. Not only was it a catchy name, it also stood for reliability, an ideal she hoped to bring to her salon.
Today, Julie and her team live up to that ideal with a full line of salon and spa services that beauty clients time and again using products from Kevin.Murphy, ilike Organic Skin Care, and other professional brands. All services are performed in a salon festooned with murals of bright-red flowers, a nod to Julie’s other lifelong passion: art.