The aestheticians at Katherine Maxwell Skin Care specialize in facials, customizing each treatment to the individual. Based on client needs, aestheticians choose specific formulas culled from product lines such as ONLY YOURx and gloProfessional skincare. To complement their skin expertise, the aestheticians also offer waxing and a selection of spa services for the body. Deeper bodywork comes courtesy of two massage therapists, who knead guests in 10 massage modalities including hot stone and acupressure. For aspiring aestheticians or clients who want to take better care of themselves at home, the studio’s specialists also teach classes on topics such as how to perform a lymphatic-drainage facial massage and personal waxing.
At Nature's Design, massage therapist Cindy Petrushkin only uses natural massage creams and oils to customize massages to each client's individual needs. The products, which are marketed by Mother Nature herself, augment Swedish, tui na, deep-tissue, warm-stone, and Thai massages. Benefits of Petrushkin's massages range from relaxation to alleviated tension.
At Nourished Body, massage therapist Maire Nichols feeds the skin a diet of gentle touch, hot towels, and organic creams and oils. Maire tailors massage sessions to the needs of each individual. Her Swedish and deep-tissue modalities stoke circulation, or her lymphatic massage drains fluids and boosts the immune system more effectively than powdering your nose with crushed-up Vitamin C tablets. She includes hot-towel treatments with each session, opening up pores while wafts of organic creams and oils invigorate the nose and body. Maire’s passion for treating her clients extends to rendering hot stone and pre-natal packages.
Five years ago, Sean Carter closed himself inside an isolation float tank for the first time. In that small space, he discovered a whole new world, unbounded by gravity. He enjoyed a relaxed mind, enhanced creativity, and a soothing break from the bustling outside world. He loved his experience so much that he decided he had to share it with others by founding Float Fresno with his wife Carolina Carter. Though he still makes regular use of his equipment, hopping inside one of the tanks isn't actually Sean's favorite part about his job. He says he most enjoys watching people of all ages find a bit of personal peace within the float tank.
His float tank is an enclosed light and sound proof environment, with a shallow solution of water and 1,300 pounds of dissolved Epsom salts. Sanitized by state-of-the-art UV light and Ozone generators the solution is maintained at 94.5 degrees to further help clients lose all sense of external stimuli, ultimately leading to a state of relaxation and the ability to free vast regions of the mind. Flotation therapy sessions provide a number of benefits, including speeding muscle recovery, providing relief from arthritis, and boosting the immune system.
Brands Used: Float Lab
Staff Size: 1 person
Parking: Free street parking
Minimum Age Requirement: 18
Salon Elegancia's nail technicians decorate digits with detailed designs, from stripes and animal prints to 3-D daisies. For more traditional looks, the salon also offers gel manicures, which stay chip-free for weeks. The salon?s stylists also craft coifs into classic and edgy looks, framing clients' faces with natural highlights or infusing locks with ombre hues.
Stylists at Apple of Eden Salon eschew typical salon products, which are often filled with chemicals, in favor of those made with organic and natural ingredients. They specialize in 100% organic hair, skincare, and nail treatments, including gel manicures, which won't chip for 14 days no matter how many times you finger-drum "This is the song that never ends." Apple of Eden's owner Marilyn is a lifelong fan of the beauty industry and has nearly 30 years of experience at numerous salons.