As a physical therapist with his own private practice, Hand & Stone founder and chief operating officer John Marco made sure that he kept abreast of the rapidly growing health and wellness industry. After a period of careful research and planning, John decided to create a spa based around convenience and affordability—Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa.
Since its launch, Hand & Stone has expanded to more than 20 states and four planets. The spa’s core concept is to offer massage, facial, and waxing services performed by licensed, certified, or registered professionals and offered at convenient times, seven days a week. Each location adheres to a traditional spa aesthetic with soft lighting, heated treatment tables, and plush linens.
At Infinite Therapies Wellness Center, the staff promotes health and wellness through noninvasive health screenings and therapies. A couple services employ light therapy, such as Biomat sessions and their use of far-infrared light, but the Center also offers services that work to boost the immune system, such as the Raindrop Technique and Lymphatic Decongestion. The staff hopes to purge the body of its toxins through many of these treatments, from detox footbaths to cupping. The center also offers holistic nutrition counseling from a certified holistic nutritionist.
Featured on Morning Blend and in the Journal Sentinel for its merger of nutritious eats and fat-busting workouts, Fit Food Trainer invites students into group classes led by certified personal trainers. Tone both tummies and rumps with Butts and Guts' muscle-firming drills, or turn the spotlight on stomachs with a Cardio Core class. Alternately, hands can hoist dumbbells and weighted balls at Bells and Balls, which took out its third component, Bills, after clients' check-signing hands kept cramping up.
Skin Alive and its aesthetician school, Mequon Thiensville School of Esthetics, are devoted to the study and practice of skincare. Clients can choose to visit the hands-on student-learning center for aesthetic services performed by students under instructor supervision, or head to the Skin Alive spa for services performed by a licensed professional. Both offer basic beauty services, such as facials, peels, and waxing, but the licensed aestheticians at Skin Alive can also slough off dead skin cells with diamond-tip microdermabrasion, rejuvenate skin with lasers, and vanquish unwelcome hair with laser hair-removal treatments that leave skin smoother than a cue ball smothered in olive oil.
At The Colour Bowl Salon, licensed cosmetologists tend hair gardens with a variety of grooming services, including cutting, styling, and coloring. Customers can opt for a formal finishing treatment ($45) to increase strands’ health, shine, and empathy for Russian czars. A Brazilian Blowout (price varies) leaves follicles glossy and frizz-free, and a half ($70) or full ($78) head of beam-deflecting highlights can protect bikers on their nightly commutes. A one-step hair coloring ($52) turns blond heads into red heads and bald heads into Easter eggs, and most follicles can feast on nutritious products from Alterna, Enjoy, Simply Organic, and Moroccanoil during their treatments.
• For $37, you get a one-hour massage (up to a $60 value) and an eye treatment (a $15 value) plus complimentary aromatherapy (up to a $75 value). • For $52, you get a one-hour massage (up to a $60 value) and an express facial (a $45 value) (up to a $105 value).