Massage therapist Ruth's clients refer to her as "Dr. Ruth"—a loving testament to her effect on their physical, psychological, and emotional well-being. Ruth carefully tailors massage work to the unique needs of each client, coupling Swedish and deep-tissue strokes with soft music and soothing oils. Clients can also request Ruth's specialty hot-stone massage to boost blood circulation and drain the lymph nodes.
Shugaland creates pampering experiences for children with spa-like treatments, activity stations, and classes. Spa packages afford little ones the opportunity to experience nail design, pedicures, and makeovers. A variety of themed stations include Smurfs, movies, party rooms with runways, and a couture closet with clothing, accessories, and jelly sandals made out of actual strawberry jelly. The facility also hosts classes such as hip-hop dancing, cupcake decorating, and jewelry making.
To call The Body Shop a mere skin and body care store is to miss half of what makes it special. Late founder Dame Anita Roddick was a pioneer for ethical business practices; upon opening her first store in Brighton, England, in 1976, she developed company values such as "Defend human rights" and "Protect our planet." She somehow balanced principles and profit, partnering in global campaigns with UNICEF, Greenpeace, Amnesty International, and the United Nations, all while expanding her brand into 2,500 locations in 60 international markets. After her death in 2007, then-British Prime Minister Gordon Brown said, “She campaigned for green issues for many years before it became fashionable to do so and inspired millions to the cause by bringing sustainable products to a mass market. . . . She was an inspiration.”
Indeed, the Body Shop exhibits an eco-friendliness that's hard to come by in a company of its size. Its products have been fair-trade since 1987, and its Against Animal Testing movement led to a UK-wide ban of animal testing of cosmetics. The products are made from ingredients harvested from around the world: shea butter from Ghana goes into body scrubs and butters, and Indian artisans craft wooden massagers and tote bags that are screenprinted by hand. But all that isn't to say the company's production practices overshadow its final products. Skincare treatments such as the Blue Corn 3-in-1 deep-cleansing scrub mask often appear in Allure, Marie Claire, and other national publications.
Each season creates different complications for skin, from from the brisk fall winds to the waning summer sun. But in the heart of Saverna Park resides a quaint skincare studio with an array of seasonally inspired treatments that are designed to rejuvenate clients. During all seasons, Aesthetics by Eva Renee celebrates services and products that incorporate elements such as an aromatic fruit enzyme peel, chocolate mousse masques, and muscle-melting massages.
East meets West whenever licensed massage therapist Zoraida Alvarez kneads ailing muscles. A member of the american massage therapy association, she reduces swelling and supports the immune system with lymphatic-drainage therapy and uses trigger-point techniques to release tender knots that coil up in response to mental or physical stress. Zoraida often tailors her massages for cancer patients who have unique needs that require gentle and focused attention. She also helps athletes by hunting down muscle imbalances, inflammation, and any underlying sources of pain. Her Lypossage sessions aim to help weight-loss endeavors by reducing inches, cellulite, and the number of pets people keep in their pockets.