At Exquisite Salon and Spa, stylist Wendy cuts, colors, and styles hair. She and her fellow beauty professionals work their magic with an emphasis on calmness and relaxation—whether guests seek salon or spa services inside the gleaming white space, they're guaranteed a "quiet zone," complete with subtle music and soft conversation. Tanning services and Botox are also available for those who prefer to spruce up their looks and clear their heads at the same time.
As a naturopathic doctor, Tom Demaro combines natural treatments and advanced technology to spark dramatic change in the body. Infra-Slim may be the most notable result of this innovative approach: Demaro fused the idea of pressure therapy, which has long been used to help patients suffering from circulatory problems, with infrared heat, which natural healing experts often call on for its detoxifying powers. The treatment is based on the idea that when fat cells heat up, they expand; add pressure to the mix, and the cell walls will burst, flushing their contents out through the body's lymphatic system. Infra-Slim is said to trim up to five inches from the waistline in as little as three sessions, a claim the center backs up on its website.
The husband-and-wife team behind Wellness Spa on 5th Avenue knows firsthand how debilitating toxins can be. Bobbi Thompson attributes allergen sensitivities and weight challenges to her childhood mercury exposure from amalgam fillings and pesticides. Now a registered nurse and colon hydrotherapy practitioner, Thompson has dedicated her life to healing herself and others. Her spouse, Jerry Besing, can attest to her passion. After suffering a major health challenge in 2003, he became increasingly interested in detoxifying treatments, and took a wellness-coaching class at The School of Integrative Healing, directed by Thompson. He is now trained in services ranging from cellulite reduction to lymphatic drainage.
Each relaxing, impurity-targeting treatment takes place within a quaint, Victorian-style house. The crew also sells nontoxic pet products that keep dog, cats, and cherished pet rocks healthy without harming the environment.
Led by Doctor of Chiropractic Jake Simpson, the Zerona-certified team at LoHi Lipo Laser targets stubborn fat deposits during noninvasive laser slimming treatments. As clients recline on a treatment table or levitate in midair, low-level-laser diodes pass over the skin, sending light energy through fat-cell membranes and causing them to break down. Sessions come with neither the risks nor the downtime of surgery. Multiple appointments may be required to yield optimal results.
The clinic's menu of services also includes traditional chiropractics, massage, acupuncture, holistic nutrition, and schvitzes in the infrared sauna.
Within Red Rocks Banya's traditional Russian sauna, nothing has changed since medieval times. The steamy, wood-paneled banya is steeped in history as much as sweat—it harks back to a ritual that has opened pores and provided warmth in the icy Russian climes for centuries. The spa's rustic decor, punctuated with Russian nesting dolls and trinkets, heightens the sense of historicity. After an organic honey-mask treatment and a glass of organic herbal tea, clients can slip into the candlelit cold-plunge pool to cool down or easily remove the skin from tomatoes.
Many spas soothe their clients with the latest trends and relaxation techniques. Banya Spa, however, prefers a centuries-old tradition. An updated version of the ancient wooden Russian bath houses, the spa uses the power of steam and heat to cleanse and ease pain. A private mosaic-tiled steam room, heated marble benches, and wood-paneled saunas—with the option for wet or dry-salt heat—help to boost circulation and thaw the frozen burritos their users brought as snacks.
The heat-focused treatments also open up pores to help the occupants work up a healthy sweat, at least, until a subsequent cold-water plunge washes that sweat away and provides an invigorating jolt. Bodies can be further detoxified with a body scrub, which combines Colorado organic honey with natural sea salt to exfoliate and moisturize skin. As another way to lift tension from muscles and joints, the staff performs a variety of massages and sessions with a platza—a fragrant bundle of tree branches that's struck against the body to exfoliate the skin and open up the pores. Respiratory health can be improved with essential oils and aromatherapy, with or without heat.