Seated in one of Allure Salon & Spa's plush salon chairs, visitors look out over the bubbling brooks of the Milwaukee River as skilled stylists and aestheticians tend to their hair and complexions with a long list of beautifying services. Swathed in earth tones and adorned with rustic accents—from redbrick walls to wooden cabinets that hold the aestheticians’ very own additive-free products—the upscale salon attempts to capture the peacefulness of the river outside with exfoliating facials, soothing aromatherapy massages, and rejuvenating body treatments. Stylists design hair for men, women, and children, coloring or highlighting longer strands before arranging them into shapes inspired by the bold, fin-like structure of the nearby Milwaukee Art Museum.
Inside the tranquil office, the experienced massage therapists at A Touch of Heaven employ personalized handiwork to unwind burdened bodies. Professionally trained in a variety of techniques, from Swedish massage to trigger-point therapy, the muscle mavens tailor 60-minute massages to each client’s needs and particular areas of concern. Aromatherapy soothes senses with pleasing aromas, and a revitalizing eye treatment diminishes fine lines and reduces puffiness, dryness, and any bothersome issues related to peering into the ninth dimension.
Named a Top Salon by Milwaukee Magazine in 2006, Bella Lei gives clients an upscale spa experience in an intimate setting. Take advantage of these environs and spend 60 minutes the Swedish way ($70 value), as trained massage therapists use firm pressure and complicated kneading techniques to untie knots and burst stress bubbles. Twitching muscles frequently relax after these sessions and show a marked improvement in standardized testing scores. For clients looking for a fresher front, the Vivo Facial ($70 value) uses a marine mask to create an even tone, while a full hand, arm, face, and décolleté massage carries the glow up through your neck and down to your fingertips like a carrier pigeon on a Fantastic Voyage.
Dermal expert Laurie Ritchie employs Bioelements skincare products to pamper visages with facials and whisk away fuzz with deft body waxing. Antioxidants, extractions, and alpha-hydroxyl-acids application renew complexions during skincare treatments as accompanying facial, hand, and foot massages evict stress more efficiently than a bouncer tattooed with Zen mantras. Ritchie also renews weary bodies with detoxifying mud and moisturizes dry skinscapes with hydrating creams during her spa treatments.
Licensed aesthetician Sue Landowski calms problematic skin on both men and women. She customizes her facials and uses a diamond wand to exfoliate skin during microdermabrasion treatments. Specialty services, including paraffin hand treatments and lip treatments, further boost skin’s health and radiance.
The human body has been compared to many things—a machine, a temple, a work of art—but to licensed massage therapist Amanda Heintskill, it will forever be like an onion. The owner of Phoenix Rising Massage Therapy LLC likens her massage technique, which she refers to on her website as “the onion approach,” to peeling an onion. She begins with a very light touch and then gradually increases her pressure, working on or “peeling away" one layer of tension at a time. In this way, she gradually releases tension without causing her clients unnecessary discomfort that then has to be counteracted with comic relief from the funny bone. First off this is the feedback I got from this merchant "I have to commend the editorial team - please pass on my sincere thanks for putting in about the "onion approach" philosophy! That is the big thing that I try and explain to individuals - so they don't come in and expect deep tissue work right away :) So - please pass on my thanks!"