The team of therapists at Tiny Apples Massage Therapy soothes tense muscles with modalities such as Swedish, pregnancy, sports, and therapeutic massage. These techniques can ease injured muscles, improve range of motion, and call lazy blood cells to action. During hot-stone massages, massage therapists use smooth stones to loosen curmudgeonly knots. They also use a Japanese technique known as reiki, which targets the body's life force energy through the laying on of hands. They can also enhance these bodywork techniques with aromatherapy and detoxifying foot soaks. The former adds invigorating scents to the session, and the latter expels impurities by putting each sullied foot through a trial by ordeal.
Ever since graduating from the massage therapy program at the Minnesota School of Business, Sherri Anderson has used her kneading know-how to relax countless achy muscles. Versed in myriad modalities, including Swedish, sports, and hot-stone massage, the certified massage therapist incorporates whatever techniques best treat each client's needs. Besides decreasing soreness, her massages help lower blood pressure, increase posture, and improve range of motion more effectively than transplanting your brain into Stretch Armstrong. Sherri works as part of The Circle of Healing Arts Co-op, a wellness cooperative whose other services run the gamut from life coaching to reiki.
Jung Ja International Salon and Spa, an Aveda concept salon, offers relaxing treatments with Aveda haircare, skincare, and bodycare products to help customers feel serene and beautiful. Stylists can apply an Aveda conditioning formula to hair, or add a hint of color with highlights instead of dropping customers off in the middle of a paintball arena. The spa’s massage therapists knead clients from head to toe using Aveda stress-relieving scalp treatments, aromatherapy, and hot stones.
When it comes to getting a healthy glow, that big star at the center of the solar system doesn't always make it easy. For those who don't have the time to rotisserie themselves between breaks in the clouds, Paradise Tanning of Circle Pines offers an array of indoor bronzing options. That includes 11 lie-down tanning beds and one stand-up unit for the horizontally averse, where epidermal shades darken in 12- to 20-minute sessions. Meanwhile, Mystic Tan spray tans deliver beach-ready beautification in a fraction of that time, bronzing bodies in a up and down airbrush motion that takes mere seconds. Once bodies have adopted their new golden glow, Paradise Tanning helps them develop the confidence to show it off by offering seaweed, dry-mineral, and collagen-enriched aloe vera body wraps, which flush away internal poisons and cellulite and help tighten skin.
A wildly successful alternative to traditional day spas—its more than 300 locations blanket 36 states and half a dozen countries—Planet Beach Contempo Spa is a futuristic relaxation station where state-of-the-art machines administer all the spa and tanning services. These friendly automatons sometimes replace familiar treatments, such as the Luminous facial, a light-based service that delivers blemish-busting results similar to those of a conventional facial. But other equipment maps out new spa territory entirely: the Hydro-Derma Fusion chamber moisturizes the whole body with nutrient-rich steam in order to offset the effects of a dry climate or a rear-end collision with a salt truck. Other machines whiten teeth, spray-tan skin, and massage muscles.
Planet Beach operates on a gym-style membership system, meaning members purchase packages or pay flat monthly rates. As members spend more time at the spa, they get to know the helpful assistants who are always on hand to demonstrate how to use the equipment without activating its ability to cry.
The beauty team at Villager Salon and Spa pampers and primps clients in a combined spa and salon setting. On the salon side of the facility, a small band of experienced hair stylists with years of experience bestows hair sculptures with a parade of high-end hair and beauty products by Paul Mitchell, Coppola, and Kenra. Villager's equally tight-knit spa technicians carry out their own collection of services, each with a diverse skill set that encompasses trigger-point massage techniques, waxing, and the use of hot stones for massages and extreme juggling.