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.
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.
Robin Manoogian, a makeup artist with nearly 30 years of experience, leads a talented team of aestheticians, cosmetologists, and massage therapists in making clients feel beautiful. Whether revealing secrets on how to enhance features with her custom Takhoui cosmetics or artfully shaping brows with tweezers, Robin works with clients to achieve the desired look. Her staff also purifies natural canvases with facials for all skin types?even those going through stages of surgical healing.
While the luxurious spa experience is already tempting on its own, Birmingham Tea Spa augments its pampering services with the pleasantries of tea service. While guests sip tea or kick back with glasses of champagne, skilled technicians pamper hands and feet with scrubs or paraffin dips that soothe and moisturize skin. Elsewhere in the spa, guests indulge in customized facials, and mini-massages that eliminate tension in upper shoulders and really stressed-out action figures.
Royal Oak Tea Spa adds extra luxury to the concept of a tea party, pairing complimentary cups of tea with an array of beauty treatments. Their exfoliation treatments, for example, minimize the appearance of fine lines and pores. Facials balance skin?s natural oil content and deeply clean rather than just removing surface dirt with a feather duster. To beautify extremities, nail technicians can paint nails with vibrant lacquers or hydrate hands with conditioning treatments.
Clarke Bailee Salon's warm, homey environment is already relaxing?so?it's the perfect place to get a massage. As other clients have their coifs upgraded with sleek weaves and new colors, massage patients relax through muscle-soothing Swedish and deep-tissue treatments.