Nestled in a renovated historic building in Old Town Fort Collins, The Sanctuary's private treatment rooms act as oases from the hustle of modern life. Seasoned aestheticians administer skin care services such as facials, peels, and microdermabrasion. The Sanctuary champions the local economy, purveying products from its own backyard; Sanítas and Vital Therapy are both all-natural Colorado-based product lines.
Inside a small brick building adorned with a chimney and green trim, Dave and Carol McEndaffer work amid lilac walls and potted plants. It’s a lovely setting for a couple in the business of beautifying people, which they have extensive experience in. The duo has owned salons throughout the past 37 years and added Laurels Salon of Distinction to their stable more than a decade ago. They've studied with seasoned stylists; while Dave focuses on hair, Carol pours her efforts into skin care, wellness, and restoration treatments for baldness and thinning hair.
In addition to cuts and ammonia-free color, they cosset their clientele with massages, spray tanning, and waxing. The salon is stationed across the street from Colorado State University, so it’s a convenient spot to de-stress after an exam or to cover your eyes with cucumbers before a scary PowerPoint presentation.
East meets west during every one of Jessika Mankin’s custom table massages. The licensed massage therapist targets physical stress and energy imbalances with custom massages that incorporates circulatory massage, deep-tissue therapy, stretching, and Asian bodywork to help bring mind and body back into alignment. Once clients are situated on Jessika’s heated massage table, they'll relax under the organic, locally made massage creams and soothing pressure, which Jessika tailors to accommodate each client’s personal needs. And, if desired, she can also augment each treatment with nutritional advice, stretching techniques, and pain management tips.
The experienced stylists at Topix Hair Studio transform unkempt coiffures into stylish works of hair art with personalized cuts and highlights. Each cut begins with a consultation to determine which ‘dos best align with clients’ features, morning routines, and views on the county commissioner’s hairstyle. Sudsy shampoos reveal squeaky-clean strands for artful cuts and decadent scalp massages before a blow-dry and styling render manes smooth and fashionable. With today’s second option, clients can enliven homely follicles with partial or full highlights, which add multidimensional color and extra shine to alluring new head nests.
With the pollution, bacteria, pollen, and flu bugs floating through the air at any given moment, the human body is under constant attack. Deep Blue Massage gives bodies the tools to fight back against those attackers with a variety of purifying and detoxifying therapies. Take halotherapy, for instance. Inside a cocoon-shaped tank, the therapy's constant stream of salt aerosol washes over the body and into the lungs, killing bacteria and fungi on the skin and mucous membranes. For full-body purification, there's the ion cleanse, a footbath that purges clients' systems of environmental toxins in a mere 30 minutes to help relieve a number of ailments.
Beyond detoxifying, therapists also treat patients with massages, tailoring deep-tissue and hot-stone techniques to soothe muscles. Deep-tissue laser therapy is another specialty; laser beams send heated energy into the body to relieve pain and probably also impart superpowers.