Just before the entrance to Greenleaf Bodywork, a two-level garden box welcomes guests into a homey atmosphere ?its lower level filled with basalt stones atop combed white sand, the top sprouting young bamboo shoots. Inside the studio, this penchant for the elemental continues, surrounding guests with stone-tile floors alongside a stone-tile water feature, and treatment rooms where subdued lighting spills across the walls and the tapestries hanging there. Within these zen-like environments, Greenleaf?s massage therapists work their magic, healing soft tissue with modalities such as deep tissue and reflexology. They also offer specialty massages customized to specific client needs, such as hot stone or prenatal.
At Ferndale Relaxation Spa, massage therapists employ a holistic approach twice over, soothing the entire body with techniques from around the world. Beyond the traditional Western modalities, such as Swedish and hot stone, the indian head and neck massage calls upon ayurvedic-healing principles, and Chinese reflexology methods aim to boost the immune system during foot massages. Amid a bubbling fountain and soft music, the spa promotes relaxation with optional experiences such as rose petals scattered in candlelight or side-by-side massages for couples or presidential running mates.
When head stylist Tameshia "Me Me" McConnell founded Lillie D'or Salon and Spa in July 2012, she brought more than 15 years of experience along with her shears and combs. Beyond haircuts, the salon's services span from relaxers, extensions, and highlights to facials, massages, and makeup applications. Clients can relax in the cozy waiting area outfitted with sleek, contemporary furniture.
Trina Harper and Tracy Roberts met while studying aesthetics at Douglas J Aveda Institute, and bonded over their mutual love of helping customers feel beautiful both inside and out. They continue this mission at the full-service spa that they co-own, Evolution Skin Care Studio. Here, facials, body treatments, and massages target myriad skin issues. Retexturing facials, for instance, work to revitalize dull, dehydrated skin, and detoxifying body treatments use ingredients such as Dead Sea mud, sea salt, and jojoba oil to smooth skin that's coarsened by age, lack of moisture, or the cold, hard facts of life.
But Evolution takes its personalized skincare treatments one step further. Through her work as an aesthetician, Trina began to notice that those suffering from cancer dealt with unique skin issues that required a specialized and delicate touch. So the entire staff became trained and certified in oncology aesthetics, learning how to treat skin that's been compromised by chemotherapy treatments or other illnesses. Thanks to these specialized treatments, clients struggling through health challenges get the chance to relax in a soothing spa environment.
The lotus flower seems to do the impossible?it rises from the mud and murk to bloom into something beautiful. The owner of Little Lotus, Heather Cutlip, encourages her clients to assume the same mindset as that flower, keeping themselves firmly grounded while reaching toward their wellness goals.
As a licensed massage therapist and certified reiki practitioner, Heather offers bodywork services that help alleviate pain and induce relaxation, including Swedish, shiatsu, and reflexology massages. She also leads wellness workshops that cover a variety of topics, from meditation and essential oils to baby massage, which can help infants get rid of their gas, colic, and desire to constantly hang out with you.
Saigon Spa’s service list reveals extra touches and luxurious ingredients such as milk-and-honey scrubs, which infuse hands and feet with added moisture, and whirlpool baths of essential oils. After pampering hands and feet, technicians swipe on traditional or shellac polish, which dries quickly to a mirror finish and stays chip-free for up to 14 days. During signature body or facial treatments, sea salt buffs skin to a healthy glow, and all the while, guests sip complimentary soft drinks.