Every treatment at Serene Serendipity: face to face, LLC begins and ends in a private suite with decorative candles and soft music foreshadowing the pampering to come. Here, a licensed aesthetician revives tired skin with treatments that incorporate various serums, masks, and techniques. For instance, the 90-minute relaxing luxury spa facial relies on steam to open pores, rotary brushes to dislodge toxins, and various massage techniques to keep the therapist’s hands from high-fiving each other. The butter back body J-Lo glow treatment, on the other hand, renders skin soft and radiant through thorough exfoliation and a moisturizing seaweed wrap. On top of these lavish treatments, the center also offers microdermabrasions and waxing with soft and hard waxes from GiGi and Berins, respectively.
What's black, white, and red all over? No, seriously: Heart33 Salon & Spa reclaims the tired elementary joke with its vivid red, black, and white decor. First there's the waiting area, with a lipstick red leather couch positioned perfectly under artwork of a woman's face, which is black and white except for her vivid red lips. In another area, a fire-red wall flanked with a zebra portrait sets off cherry-red chairs topped with zebra-striped pillows. Inside the captivating surroundings, stylists tend to guests' hair, nails, and faces, with services that include haircuts and color, facials, waxing, nailcare, and more.
Anna Castle's career began in Kauai, Hawaii, where she trained in massage therapy and became a specialist in Hawaiian lomilomi massage. Although she's now a Colorado Springs–based massage therapist, she continues to practice Hawaiian massage, as well as a slew of other modalities. Whether she’s administering deep-tissue, Swedish, or prenatal massage, Anna customizes each treatment in order to meet each client's unique set of physical and emotional needs.
Alwin Amos, a tattoo artist at ShaZam Ink, creates body art with a hand-poked tattooing method also known as stick 'n’ poke. He uses the same needle and bar combinations as a machine in order to ink flesh with geometric shapes, silhouettes, and floral designs. The process takes longer than machine tattooing, but it requires less pokes and thus heals more quickly while retaining vibrant color. Many customers also report that the process is less painful than machine tattooing.
Registered massage therapist Nicole Paulin undoes the detriments of stressful lifestyles with a combination of therapeutic and relaxing massages. Although she practices a range of modalities—such as Swedish, stretch, and prenatal massages—she specializes in deep-tissue work, delivering firm, cross-grain strokes to ease out deeply embedded muscle knots. She also travels to places of business, helping alleviate workplace-related soreness caused from poor posture and tension.
What began as a small venture—rubbing her dad’s back for a quarter as a child—has turned into a full-time career for massage therapist Laura. She joins fellow massage therapist Tara at Absolute Body Balance as they work out chronic aches and pains with Swedish-, deep-tissue-, prenatal-, and sports-massage techniques. They boost their massages’ benefits with hot stones, hot towels, and a cooling serum.