Licensed massage therapist Amanda Howard first conceived of Crystal Blue Health Spa for a school project, and she realized her dream with the spa's opening in 2011. In the interim, she crafted a menu of soothing spa services, including massages, body scrubs, and facials. Amanda navigates the treacherous terrain of knotted musculature during Swedish, deep-tissue, hot-stone, and aromatherapy massages, which wheedle backs into relinquishing stockpiled stress, tension, and missing socks hidden beneath shoulder blades. For surface-level pampering, the spa's resident aesthetician treats visages to deep-cleansing facials and exfoliating body scrubs. The hot-chocolate scrub emulates its wintertime namesake with a sweetly scented, warm elixir infused with Giovanni PureOrganic Technology—an essential-oil medley designed to nourish and heal wizened pelts—and the hypoallergenic tropical scrub's jojoba, macadamia, avocado, and sweet-almond oils replenish thirsty pores more effectively than dunking them in a pool of Gatorade.
The staff at Eternal Youth Wellness Boutique incorporates ancient traditions into skincare services and massages to enhance health and beauty from the inside out. During an acupressure facial, for example, an aesthetician cleanses skin while targeting pressure points outlined in Chinese medicine to stimulate blood flow. Massage therapists use aromatherapy oils to enhance the gua sha stone modality, which employs age-old methods to detoxify the body and aid victory in games of rock, papyrus, and scissors. The holistically minded team also aims to correct physical and emotional imbalances with reiki energy work.
Aora Salon & Spa's baby-blue walls surround a studio-like space with contemporary furnishings and modern artwork. Within the salon, stylists, aestheticians, and massage therapists customize their treatments to address clients' goals and concerns. The beauty pros offer a full spectrum of salon and spa services—they do hair, massage, nails, skincare, and waxing.
The Beauty Spot is not so much a spot as it is an expansive, 4,000-square-foot spa that engulfs clients in treatments for the skin and body. Founder Jenni Cornette helms a team of beauty professionals, drawing on her experience as the spa director at a five-star resort to massage tense muscles and clear skin of barnacles with medical-grade peels.
Beauty is only skin-deep, but that doesn’t seem like such a bad thing after one of The Beauty Spot’s spray tans and manicures leaves you with golden skin and glossy nails. A professional makeup application can put the finishing touches on a look or inspire a shopping spree at the in-spa boutique, which displays handbags, clothing, jewelry, and eco-friendly fashion accessories—many of which support local artists.