Amber Sam knows what it takes to do a complete 180. Once an overweight banker with little energy, she decided to change her life by employing healthful habits and stress-busting therapies, an effort that resulted in an 80-pound weight loss and heightened control of her diabetes. Seeing what these treatments could do for her, she left her job and opened Renew Wellness Spa, where she and her staff of licensed massage therapists inspire clients to make more healthful choices and encourage disease prevention.
In a private room enveloped in the soothing aromas of essential oils, herbs, and flower essences, a massage therapist employs long, languid strokes to relieve stress and improve circulation. In a different location, an ionic footbath works to detoxify bodies and keep little piggies from gorging on roast beef. Elsewhere, colon hydrotherapy aims to improve digestion and nutrient absorption. Staffers also prepare custom plans for those in their Wellness Works membership program, which includes amenities such as a quarterly consultation and discounts on most treatments.
The photos we leave behind may be the only way for future generations to see the styles and personalities we bear. That’s why the professional makeup artists and photographers at Glamour Shots strive to capture the true essence of a person with their shoots. Whether commemorating a milestone event or a successful trip to the grocery store, each session begins with the shop’s signature full airbrush and style makeover, which works to prevent unwanted shine while imparting a chic aesthetic. Makeup artists tailor looks to the purpose of the shoot, imparting children with a red-cheeked glow and boudoir subjects with a dark, seductive color palette.
Photographers encourage everyone to bring a few outfits and props from home, allowing them to give each photo shoot an individualized touch without snapping close-ups of their subjects’ fingerprints. Clients get to see the photos immediately so they can approve the looks and order their favorite shots in the form of pictures, phone cases, or calendars. A professional lab then prints out the chosen items using a range of color finishes—including colorization to make one color pop and the company's signature Glamour Touch retouching—onto made-to-last Kodak paper.
Chandra Wilson frames eyes and enhances winks with NovaLash semipermanent extensions. Using medical-grade adhesive, she applies synthetic lashes to instantly amplify your appearance and the frequency of come-ons from companion-seeking butterflies. Semipermanent lashes can last for up to four weeks without a touchup; Chandra can also give eyes a different kind of confidence boost with cluster lashes that last two to three weeks. She works with hair, too, spreading beauty with cuts and color treatments.
Licensed massage therapist Rochelle Richardson unravels knots of tension from bodies and polishes skin to a radiant sheen at Utopia. Five long, flowing strokes harmonize to create symphonic Swedish massages, whose manual movements re-tune muscle fibers and enhance circulation of vital fluids by streamlining circulatory system bureaucracies. Healing palms glide gently over swollen, tender tissues and knead deep internal pretzels, whereas fingers rhythmically tap, vibrate, and rout out stubborn stiffness with increased local friction. Bodies limp with relaxation leap from the massage table with the ease of an acrobat and may notice that taut joints have loosened up and developed a sense of humor once relieved of physical stressors.
Schonheits Salon & Spa’s talented cosmetologists transform men and women of humble countenances into glowing counts and countesses with a number of facial services. The one-hour European facial melds the time-honored techniques of Old-World aesthetics with modern-day technological upgrades. After an expert analysis of a client's skin’s traits—including its texture, tone, and number of USB ports—Schonheits' façade-furbishers will customize the gentle storm of lotions and exfoliants to the client's needs. As ramshackle skull-hulls get rejuvenated, stiff shoulders and necks melt beneath a stress-relieving rubdown, and arm endings undergo an extended massage followed by a few minutes inside a pair of hot mitts.
The signs are there––a strained back, sore shoulders, or difficulty sleeping––but many people don’t know the source of their chronic pain. That's why at the start of each session, licensed massage therapist Barron Queen consults with clients to ascertain the source of deeply rooted tension. Then, while relaxing in a cozy private room, Barron can offer relief from pain with flowing Swedish strokes or access lower-layer muscles with deep-tissue pressure. Barron also offers a specialty sports massage to improve range of motion in athletes and in the actors who play them on TV.