Ala Rouge Salon & Spa sets highly trained aestheticians to work smoothing heads, limbs, and faces with a slew of salon services. Waxing services help achieve a more placid pelt by sucking up stray strands from drooping upper lips ($12), bristling chins ($12), or sprawling eyebrows ($17). Clients can use their Groupon over multiple visits to repeatedly chasten fresh follicles, or all at once to prepare for an upcoming swim meet against dolphins. Frazzled locks can achieve similarly sanguine resurfacing with a keratin treatment. Using Keratin Complex products, stylists infuse natural keratin into follicular cores, resulting in a more manageable mane. The 90-minute process begins with a thorough wash, continues with the application and sealing of the serum, and ends with a free session of shaking your hair luxuriantly in front of the mirror. Strands should stay sleek for three to four months.
Dr. Tareq Ali, a board-certified physician, has been practicing emergency and family medicine since 1993, realized one of his lifelong dreams when he opened Manasra Medical Spa. The 2009 Patients' Choice award recipient was touring his new medical spa's facility, listening to the soothing sound of the water tinkling down his indoor waterfall and checking each room's personal air-conditioning unit. Dr. Ali even stopped to relax on one of the waiting room's luxurious leather couches.
Practicing aesthetic medicine since 2006, Dr. Ali has perfected his laser skills at Mansara Medical Spa, using concentrated beams of light to eliminate unwanted body hair or battle hyperpigmentation and spider veins across the body. He has also acquired the innovative microdermabrasion technology DermaSweep. The patented technology infuses faces with essential vitamins while exfoliating and smoothing skin. Manasra also offers more traditional spa treatments, such as massages, facials, and chemical peels.
Bare Skin & Body Shoppe is the place to go for radiant skin. And radiance is not confined to just the face, either?skincare treatments also include diamond-tip microdermbrasion for upper arms and thighs, plus microcurrent treatments to tighten and tone the tummy, butt, and thighs. When the staff does focus on the face, though, they're not messing around. Signature facials include a deep cleanse and steam, plus an exfoliating enzyme mask, extractions, and a neck and shoulder massage. A brightening resurfacer treatment targets more specific skincare woes, such as dark spots and uneven tone. After a deep cleanse, the aetheticians apply a hydrating resurface infused with mango pulp, orange stem cells, and kojic acid to brighten skin.
Relaxing strokes are but one tool in massage therapist Michael Parks’s arsenal of bodywork knowledge. Inspired by the grace and wisdom of martial-arts superstar Bruce Lee, he fights chronic pain with focused movements developed in the Far East. Migraine treatments teem with Eastern techniques such as reflexology and acupressure, and general massages follow a deductive, freeform style, much like the teachings of Bruce himself. During Thai massages, Michael guides the client’s body through assisted stretches that resemble yoga poses or slow-motion chicken dances. Western modalities such as Swedish massage inform stress-relief treatments, which can be tailored to address specific concerns such as sinus pressure or sports-related soreness. In addition to targeting existing aches with therapeutic touch, Michael uses postural analyses, range-of-motion assessments, and personal training to identify and address underlying sources of pain.
When asked about her stance on skincare products, Jamie Jacob’s answer is simple: “If it doesn’t do something amazing, I don’t carry it.” The veteran aesthetician honed her keen ability to weed out the unworthy contenders through 600 hours of cosmetology schooling, which included extra training with Dermalogica, Eminence, Skin Script, and Tu'el Skin Care lines. Much like beauty-pageant contests, who are judged on personality alone, Jamie’s services span the beauty spectrum with an array of facials, waxing, and microdermabrasion treatments that keep epidermal expanses silky smooth, as well as massages that go hand-to-hand against troublesome aches.
Licensed chiropractor Dr. Nathan Stewart, of the eponymous Stewart Family Chiropractic, realigns corpuses and alleviates ailments including back pain, sleep trouble, and headaches. A 60-minute therapeutic massage kneads rigid muscles into lithe, limber appendage movers as stress beats a hasty retreat and tense tissues relax. During a chiropractic exam, the friendly physician runs a slew of tests to get a feel for which kinds of spine-refurbishing techniques would best get bodies into straighter shape or would help to relieve migraines, sciatica, or sleeping problems. If necessary, x-rays get a sneak peak into the spine's inner workings and assess skeletons for future careers as dancing skeletons.