Drawing upon experience accumulated during 15 years in business, the certified stylists, aestheticians, and therapists at The Hair & Spa Gallery work toward the comfort and beauty goals of patrons. Shears hum in the background as stylists lengthen strands with extensions. Beneath shelves of facial elixirs and body wraps, tanning beds purr. Airbrush units spare bodies contact with UV rays and keep them from becoming involved in the sand-eating contests popular at most beaches. Out back, a lush lawn sidles up next to a porch area equipped with potted plants, tables, and chairs where guests can lounge and new looks can see the sun for the first time.
The aromas of coffee, cupcakes, chocolate, and cherries waft through the air inside Spalicious, where aestheticians pamper faces and bodies with custom, flavored skin treatments. Each rich, creamy body polish is forged from natural ingredients, such as the piña colada's fresh coconut cream or the cinnamon-apple pie's enzyme-packed apple purée. The scented salves work to soften, hydrate, and exfoliate skin as staffers brush them onto clients' bodies with the same care Leonardo da Vinci took when adorning the original Blue Man Group.The staff members extend their pampering finesse to the rest of the body, swathing hands and feet in similarly flavored solutions and further gussying up skin with herbal body wraps and henna tattoos. They also bolster beautified façades with organic, custom spray tanning and onsite fitness classes such as Zumba, yoga, and belly dancing.
The team of therapists at Tiny Apples Massage Therapy soothes tense muscles with modalities such as Swedish, pregnancy, sports, and therapeutic massage. These techniques can ease injured muscles, improve range of motion, and call lazy blood cells to action. During hot-stone massages, massage therapists use smooth stones to loosen curmudgeonly knots. They also use a Japanese technique known as reiki, which targets the body's life force energy through the laying on of hands. They can also enhance these bodywork techniques with aromatherapy and detoxifying foot soaks. The former adds invigorating scents to the session, and the latter expels impurities by putting each sullied foot through a trial by ordeal.
S.K.i.N. lets you partake in an anti-aging procedure that’s much more convenient than applying cucumber masks during cigarette breaks or reversing the spin of the Earth on its axis. Combining experienced aesthetic professionals and cutting-edge skin-care techniques, S.K.i.N. Medical Spa smoothes customers’ faces into plush veneers of concentrated allure. Gentler than a moisturizer-dispensing steamroller, microdermabrasion removes the topmost layer of skin like a pair of warm-up snap pants. After the treatment gently exfoliates skin with natural diamond chips while simultaneously vacuuming away dead skin cells, the remaining layer reveals a lively glow and smoother texture while promoting healthy growth. Customers will finally allow their clogged pores to breathe after being submerged in naturally collecting dirt and the occasional sandwich-mustard smear. The crystal-free wand used during the treatment brings the same results as a particle microdermabrasion, minus the loose particles, irritation, and accidentally cast jinxes and hexes.
The licensed massage therapists at Massage Advantage dote on visitors with a slew of custom massage techniques, including Swedish, prenatal, and deep tissue. Armed with warm blankets and a credo to respect patients' privacy, therapists begin each 30- or 60-minute session with a discussion on clients' specific aches and ailments. Therapists can also haul their equipment to office buildings for workplace chair massages that help reinvigorate fatigued employees or stressed-out water coolers during 5–15 minute stints. Each succession of kneads is designed to alleviate stress, muscles soreness, and various medical conditions, such as high blood pressure.
Philosophers call your face "the window to your head," although they would never say it to your head-window. Today's Groupon freshens faces after boostering backs with an hour-long customized massage and a 30-minute facial at Mango Bay Spa and Salon for $45 (a $130 value). Mango Bay is a tropical-themed retreat that CityVoters voted one of the best Indy day spas in 2008 and in 2007. You can either spread the bliss over two separate visits, or get your facial and back rub back-to-back.