From the beige walls of Indulge Salon & Day Spa, framed pictures of Hollywood icons Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn watch over salon chairs as licensed beauty professionals make visitors feel like celebrities. Owner Wendy Zahradka and Manager Debbie McCotter lead a hospitable team that overhauls outer appearances with haircuts, perms, and coloring services for both men and women. They even keep facial hair tidy with hot lather shaves, perform relaxing massages, and create custom facials that remove dirt from pores, exfoliate skin, and erase fingerprints from when the Tooth Fairy investigates your mouth when you sleep.
With 13 years of experience, Robert Pumphrey knows a thing or two about chilling out. As a licensed massage therapist, he uses soothing strokes to help clients release stress. At Haptic Bodywork, his massage and bodywork clinic, he draws upon more than a half dozen massage modalities to target aches and anxiety. Services range from reflexology sessions, which can improve posture and reduce foot-based tension, to Hawaiian lomi-lomi massage, a series of gentle, rhythmic strokes that mimic the Pacific Ocean's waves, in that they feel great after you roam aimlessly through the desert for six weeks.
The Boulevard Salon & Spa deploys experienced stylists to deftly slice hairs from men's chins, cheeks, and heads. Guests recline in barber chairs while pre-shave oil and hot lather swaddle mugs in toasty foam, giving visages a glimpse into the brief life of a cappuccino. A keen-edged straight razor slides along the face to efficiently remove stubble. In the Executive shave, the razor doubles back for a second voyage against the grain, smoothing skin with a thoroughness comparable to double Zamboni treatments for ice rinks or double vacuumings of molting tropical birds. Frosty aftershave and an ice-cold towel seal pores and soothe sensitive dimples, and a face massage dissipates tension from overworked, skeptical eyebrows. Alternately, patrons can opt for a haircut and single shave that foregoes the razor's return visit. A consultation ensures that head bristles will be cropped to specifications using Kenra and L'Oreal professional products, and a hot towel—aided by a head-and-neck massage—steams shoulders into a relaxed slump.
This Aveda salon is supervised by Dawn Caldwell and Kristy Heron, who have more than three decades of salon- and spa-industry experience between them. Dawn specializes in hair color, much like a chameleon perched on a Sasquatch's shoulder, and Kristy is a massage therapist, who also wields a master’s in acupuncture to free up disruptive energy blockages. The duo teams up with a staff of aestheticians, nail technicians, and stylists to treat guests to facials, acupuncture, massages, and salon treatments.
The owners of Zoom Hair Studio and Day Spa believe that the spa experience should be as rewarding as the end result. That’s why they’ve carved out a relaxing space with earth-toned walls, hardwood floors, and gentle lighting, where treatments such as black Baltic mud wraps and aromatherapy facials mirror the tranquil aura of the environs.
The docket of services covers all the bases, from haircuts and coloring to French manicures and massages. Natural and organic products add another dimension of comfort and wellness to the treatments, which help align the mind and body and recalibrate the soul's GPS system.
Though the West has only recently realized the real medical benefits of massage, the team of licensed massage therapists at Aaduri Healing Arts have been witnessing them firsthand for years. They're so passionate about these benefits that many of them alter their techniques to suit those for whom traditional massage may be inappropriate, but who often need it the most. Pregnancy and postpartum massages, for instance, relieve the joint pain and muscle tension of childbirth while using belly-safe positions, and sessions for cancer patients and deaf clients call on unique, personalized approaches that help break through any obstacles to relaxation. For traditional clients, the therapists call on a retinue of modalities to ease tension, from classic Swedish massage to specialty techniques such as myofascial release.
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