A mission to improve her own health led Mary Melvin to a course in reiki. That first class was all it took to convince her to make a career of this practice of gentle touch. Now a Master Reiki Teacher and Crystal Energy Therapist, she uses the ancient energy balancing technique to help others find a sense of calm and possible relief from afflictions like sleep disorders, digestive issues, pain, and emotional stress.
The Cherokee Indians are known for embracing nature to promote health and find inner balance. Nirvelli Day Spa?named after a Native-American word that translates to "water child"?embodies this natural path to holistic health with skin and body treatments that use products born of the earth. The spa?s aestheticians restore skin to fresh states with facials and advanced infusion peels, and deft massage therapists assuage the stress of operating a fax machine with a variety of kneading techniques and aromatic oils. Rounding out the team, a chiropractor optimizes physical and spiritual balance by aligning vertebrae with spinal adjustments and doling out herbal medicines.
As the niece of a Shaolin kung fu master, Colette Le learned from an early age about the benefits of medical qigong, a modality of traditional Chinese medicine. At Le Nu Spa, she uses an all-natural and holistic approach to solve aging, acne, and weight issues. Pampering services include mani-pedis and relaxing massages. Colette?s spa not only helps clients regain that bounce in their step, but it also helps a greater good. Colette uses the profits of her business to help build a senior community park that will connect the younger generations with senior citizens, a dream of her father's that Colette hopes to see come to fruition.
Licensed cosmetologist Jessica Whipple sculpts chic hairstyles and adds color to monochrome ‘dos. At the start of each appointment, Jessica gets to know clients and their style preferences before she snips away split ends while stoically ignoring their cries for help. For a chromatic overhaul, the colorist slathers strands in Paul Mitchell products that, because they contain only small doses of ammonia, leave hair nearly as healthy as when it rolled off the assembly line.
A wildly successful alternative to traditional day spas—its more than 300 locations blanket 36 states and half a dozen countries—Planet Beach is a futuristic relaxation station where state-of-the-art machines administer all the spa and tanning services. These friendly automatons sometimes replace familiar treatments, as in the Luminous facial, a light-based service that delivers blemish-busting results similar to those of a conventional facial. But other equipment maps out new spa territory entirely: the Hydro-Derma Fusion chamber moisturizes the whole body with nutrient-rich steam in order to offset the effects of a dry climate or a rear-end collision with a salt truck. Other machines whiten teeth, spray-tan skin, and massage muscles.
Planet Beach operates on a gym-style membership system, meaning that members purchase packages or pay flat monthly rates. As members spend more time at the spa, they get to know the helpful assistants who are always on hand to demonstrate how to use the equipment without activating its ability to cry.
Leigh Pomerleau pampers her clients with a variety of customized skincare treatments at Serenity Skin Care. From her signature facial—which uses only small-batch, organic products—to express facials and body scrubs, she refreshes and cleans skin for newly healthy glows. Reflexology treatments help relieve stress while eliminating toxins, and can include hot stones or aromatherapy for additional pampering.