The team of licensed beauty mages at Maximum Image Salon & Day Spa conjures elegant countenances and easy confidence with a slew of skin-care services. Hour-long European facials focus on flooding arid skinscapes with moisture to deeply cleanse, gently exfoliate, and prevent the type of feature-sliding erosion that plagued so many Picasso models. Inside the warm, pumpkin-hued treatment rooms, clarifying steam, a cleanse, a mask, extractions, a gentle massage with skin-care products, and decollete work coax clogged pores to finally release grime hidden deep within the dermal layer, imbuing faces with a fresh, clean, trustworthy glow. An arm massage rounds out the treatment. Clients should plan to arrive 15 minutes early in order to have time to suit up in a fluffy robe, lounge on the lobby's leather couch with a complimentary cup of coffee or tea, and exchange hair-styling secrets with the waiting room's thick shag area rug.
In each of Elements Therapeutic Massage's private treatment rooms, dim lighting and soft music complement the scents of oils or lotions as licensed massage therapists brandish their body-focused expertise. The professionals ply tension from muscles with a variety of modalities, including Swedish, prenatal, and sports massage, which uses focused pressure and stretching techniques to ease pain stemming from field injuries or from bench-pressing sports writers. To customize therapies to every patient, Elements' unique level system outlines four tiers of massage pressure to help clients to more easily communicate with their therapists about their preference for a light relaxation massage or a firmer, deeper treatment.
At South Ontario Chiropractic, Doctor of Chiropractic Rod Melvin believes that chiropractic is about more than simple pain relief. It's about bringing the body back into a state of balance to prevent illness and pain to begin with. Relying on low-risk, noninvasive techniques instead of drugs and surgery, he gently corrects misaligned vertebrae. These adjustments help vertebrae function better, relieve tension, and may help many other functions of the body.
After 14 years in the industry, Javier Campos has learned innumerable ways to craft a flattering hairstyle. He uses this insight not only to sculpt amazing hairdos for his clients, but also to spot talent in potential coworkers. His team includes stylists trained at the Goldwell Academy in both Santa Monica and Baltimore, as well as a manicurist with 27 years of experience and State Board recommendations. He combines all their talents to dazzling effect, unveiling a menu of salon and spa services that range from simple trims and color treatments to anti-aging facials, makeup artistry lessons, and massages. Javier still performs many of the hair services himself, styling, conditioning, and flattering hair until it bashfully changes color.
Ornate chandeliers, handsome wood hutches, and a vintage mirror set over a fireplace dress up the 1920s tudor home that serves as The Wax Lounge’s headquarters. But behind all that beauty lies a highly educated staff, including a salon biochemist who draws on a background in biological engineering and cosmetic chemistry to formulate many of the in-house products. That combination of style and substance permeates a menu of more than 250 services, including facials that firm sagging skin with microcurrent technology and Brazilian waxes made less daunting with the application of a special numbing cream. A lash specialist at the helm of the salon's GlitzLash Bar takes over where Mother Nature left off by dressing up peepers with extensions that call to mind pinup girls, burlesque stars, or the world's sexiest movie camels. Those looking to enhance their natural lash lines can try semipermanent mascara, which is formulated to be hypoallergenic, water resistant, and safe for pregnant women.
Kristen Burtt's friends have always loved her back rubs. "For some reason, I could always feel the muscles with my hands," she says. "They knew what to do." She took that as a sign and went to school to improve her muscle-kneading prowess. Today, she taps into her natural gifts and education as she lavishes her clients with Swedish, deep-tissue, and sports massages. Her favorites are hot stone and lomi-lomi, a Hawaiian full-body massage that she gives with her forearms as clients recline on a bed of ukuleles.
Kristen keeps the lights dim and the music low as she kneads weary muscles within her private massage room, which she's outfitted in earthy browns, blacks, and mauves. She says that when she finishes each appointment, her clients emerged relaxed and focused. "I take the pains away so you can focus more on life," she says.