In 2000, licensed aesthetician Jennifer Friess graduated from the Douglas J. Aveda Institute, a beauty academy that served as her introduction to the wide world of spa treatments. She spent the next decade honing her skills in salons and spas, and her love for the profession grew in tandem with her profile. As Jennifer’s reputation continued to expand, it began to make sense for her to open her own studio space—a luxury that would allow her a measure of the freedom she was unable to enjoy while working for others.
Jennifer has achieved that freedom at Simply Bliss Spa and Esthetique, where she lavishes her regular clients with the kind of personal attention they deserve. Jennifer's spa services tend to focus on the skin, so waxing, facials, and Halloween mask removal are featured prominently on her spa’s menu. In addition to these treatments, she has been known to untie muscle knots with relaxation and deep-tissue massages.
Owner Janae Frantz founded her pedicure studio on the belief that “individual and community healing can be achieved simultaneously." In private pedicure rooms, she uses eco-friendly materials and vegan, organic SpaRitual products, which help make her environmental footprints smaller than a moccasin-clad hummingbird’s. She spreads these same conscientious business practices to people in her community by donating 10% of her spa’s proceeds to a different charity each month.
Massage and relaxation form the axis of Janae’s pedicures, and she folds her formal reflexology training into each session. Stringent sanitation practices are a hallmark of her treatments, with disposable foot files, nail files, and bowl liners bidding adieu after only one use.
The team at European Spa Boutique administers a thoughtful blend of naturally derived and technologically advanced treatments. A less-irritating, antiseptic wax made from soybeans is used for hair removal, and heated lava stones warm achy muscles during body treatments. For the extensive selection of facials, aestheticians call upon both methods of treatment: botanical extracts calm acned skin, chemical peels are harvested from chocolate and berries, and microcurrent and LED-light therapies are designed to increase collagen production and dissipate fine lines.
Resident massage therapist Alicia Bruce frees her clients from long-held tension during private sessions. Her carefully trained fingers ease aches during relaxing Swedish massages and precisely place heated basalt stones during hot-stone massages to warm deep-seated muscles that are sore from their owners posing as Atlas. Reflexology sessions focus on trigger points in the hands and feet, working to release congestion throughout the body and stimulate circulation. Alicia also packages massage sessions with spa services such as mani-pedis or facials to create an afternoon of pampering.
Handworks Massage LLC owner and certified massage therapist Scott Stearns administers purposeful bodywork customized to help assuage physical and emotional stress or advance injury recovery. His 60-minute massages may incorporate multiple modalities to coax knotted muscles and bunched connective tissues into relaxing, being more flexible, and resuming their at-ease position. During the treatment, interactive discussion gives clients insight into Scott’s holistic techniques and efforts to ease the body-wide taxation from activities such as sports training, professional labor, and giving a piggyback ride to an adorable five-year-old SUV. Sessions forgo the scented candles and heavy oil bastings of traditional spas in favor of an athletically inspired space, with massagee-chosen tunes, sparing applications of organic jojoba oil, and a table topped with an ergonomic bodyCushion for cloud-like comfort.
Solace Therapeutic Massage's experienced massage therapists soothe patrons with an arsenal of relaxing and clinical modalities. Like chemists at a soda fountain, clients can mix and match their own modalities or allow the therapist to tailor the treatment as they see fit with techniques such as polarity therapy or positional release. Swedish techniques apply gentle pressure and massage muscles in the same direction as blood returning to the heart from its circulatory sojourn, attempting to coax toxins out of their homes while better oxygenating the body. Clinical techniques delve into the musculature in search of the causes behind such persistent discomforts as back pain, tennis elbow, and chess wrist. Reflexology treatments target the feet with a specialized therapy that spends approximately 30 minutes attempting to rebalance the corporeal systems before finishing the hour with a full-body massage. The staff also prevents the need to rub the back on a telephone pole by performing prenatal and sports massages.