Lauded by reporters from Tropolism as "the coolest yoga studio of all time," and available for rental for private events, Yoga Deva was designed by Phoenix-based architects Blank Studio to serve as a calming sanctuary from the zooming cars and bustling sidewalks of the outside world. Long, walnut benches and a radiant-blue wall greet visitors in the front lobby, drawing them toward a sunlit yoga room with towering mirrors and white, wavy ceilings.
Serenity and balance in the studio is a must for owner, Davis, who aims to deepen the mind-body awareness of all who enter. At the studio, she uses all natural modern technology to promote pain relief and anti-aging benefits. After sustaining numerous injuries during her two-decade career as a professional ballet dancer, Davis found relief through inner reflection, which she harnessed during her time as a body-centered psychotherapist, and movement. Today, she channels her love of meditation and physical action into yoga, helming a team of certified instructors who lead classes in a variety of styles ranging from Vinyasa flow to Yin yoga. Sessions cater to students of all levels and can be modified to personally cater to clients. During each session, they guide students through poses and stretches designed to soothe the mind, heal the body, and enhance flexibility. The instructors strive to create a sanctuary of silence in the yoga room, requesting that guests leave all cellphones, pagers, and singing animatronic trout in the dressing room. In addition to yoga, Yoga Deva also offers therapeutic massage therapy to ease minds and sore muscles.
Most of the time when kids go to get their hair cut, they're lucky if they're able to watch a movie they've seen a thousand times or play with the single toy the salon keeps on hand. But even that doesn't generally happen. And because most salons don't bother to entertain kids, haircuts can be a difficult thing for them to sit through.
Yet, when kids go to Snip-Its, they get an adventure. Staffers first hand kids a Snip-Its Adventure Club card, and then invite them to sing along with the salon's own cast of animated characters. There's Curly Comb, the adventurous Flyer Joe Dryer, and the group's leader, Snips, an anthropomorphized pair of scissors with a shock of brown hair. This same crew stars in computer games and activities that kids can play at each salon station, which dazzle eyes with more bright colors than a car covered in Lisa Frank stickers.
While their clients explore imaginative worlds, stylists use a proprietary line of natural and allergen-free products to create buzz cuts and bobs. At the end of the process, kids visit the Magic Box. The enchanted device awards kids a prize in exchange for a swatch of hair. On special occasions, stylists can also photograph a baby's first haircut or transport girls to Tinseltown during a Hollywood Party.
In order to make every salon experience exciting for kids and relaxing for adults, Snip-Its partners with Autism Speaks and trains stylists to work with kids with autism.
Just because fingernails and toenails are small doesn't mean they can't be festive. The technicians at LaVie Nails gear up for each major holiday with themed nail art: patriotic colors for the 4th of July, green for St. Patrick's Day, and bright pastels for Easter. They even offer pink designs for Breast Cancer Awareness month, dappling nails with hearts and ribbons.
The technicians maintain attitudes that are just as cheery as their polish designs, and they prioritize continuing education to stay on top of mani-pedi trends. As they pamper clients in lipstick-red pedicure chairs, they wield thoroughly sterilized tools, conducting add-ons such as callus treatments, foot scrubs, and hot-stone massages. After their appointments, clients can browse LaVie's line of bejeweled sandals.
In addition to their polish, gel, and acrylic treatments, the staff members also administer custom facials. They pull from Dermalogica and PCA Skin products to address a range of skincare concerns, from acne and signs of aging to buildups of dead and zombified skin cells. Waxing services round out the spa menu with a focus on speed and comfort.
Inside Desert Fitness' 10,000-square-foot facility, a muscled man grunts as he hefts a 200-pound barbell over his head and the sound of Latin music emanates from a group Zumba class. The rhythmic thump of runners' feet on treadmills add to the cacophony, along with the motivational encouragement coming from personal trainers. All the gym's staff members are serious about fitness, teaching classes such as group cycling, mat Pilates, and yoga in addition to providing one-on-one personal training. Desert Fitness always caters to its clientele, helping them get fit during engaging workouts. Monthly maintenance plans help exercisers stay on track, and nutritional counseling is also available for clients unable to ignore the siren call of graham-cracker teddy bears when shopping at the supermarket.
Revive Salon & Spa’s 5,000-square-foot space grants its team of aesthetic experts boasting more than 7 years of experience enough elbow room to thoroughly augment human hides with a menu of hair, skin, nail, and massage services. Recently changing their look and image, the customer-focused salon vows to greet each customer with a smile and positive attitude. Moroccan Oil and Alfaparf haircare products allow the team of stylists to transform waning strands into vibrant head gardens, and Eminence and Iimage skincare serums glide their nourishing ingredients on faces and bodies to soften epidermal expanses. The salon’s nail technicians restore scratchers to fine fettle with manicures and pedicures that shape and trim nails, and massage therapists perform soothing strokes to oust back pains caused by living in a tiny dollhouse. Additional services include threading and Botox treatments.
Henna artists accent the newly minted skin with ornately crafted floral patterns and designs. With henna cones in hand, they weave images that vary in detail, from simple yet striking dragonflies and Ankh symbols to larger and more elaborate illustrations of elephants, rabbits, and trees. Ceremonial henna tattoos decorate bodies with a reddish brown ink that's believed to bring good luck. Customers can further enhance their features at the hands of threading artists, who brandish strands of thin cotton to meticulously shape eyebrows and remove unwanted facial hair. The process is quicker and gentler than traditional waxing, allowing patrons to stop by whenever they're on lunch or have placed an identically dressed mannequin at their desk.