Nine massage therapists with more than 35 years of combined experience perform a range of massage therapy. The spa?which welcomes walk-in clients?incorporates the traditional Swedish modality and offers four couples massage rooms, reducing stress almost as effectively as standardized tests in a helicopter.
Licensed aesthetician and massage therapist Vicki Kielman has been helping her clients feel relaxed and look beautiful for more than 15 years. A wide selection of spa services soothe aching muscles and revitalize skin, from deep-tissue or aromatherapy massages with doTerra essential oils, to waxing treatments and facials.
Since 1993, Stacy Doss and her team of stylists and aestheticians have been rejuvenating skin and hairdos with a repertoire of facials, body treatments, and hair services. In the spa’s private treatment rooms aesthetician Caitlin Booker nourishes skin with body wraps and targeted cellulite treatments, while Stacy and fellow stylists Jessica and Emily enliven hair with color, updos, and texturizing.
The Lather Lounge is a Paul Mitchell–focus salon that creates an atmosphere which allows clients to look and feel their best with a menu of indulgent hair services. Before opening her own salon, Lynn Griglin spent 2.5 years honing mane-management skills at Vidal Sassoon in Chicago, before working as an educator for Paul Mitchell, where she trained fellow stylists in the art of hair chromatics. Her equally dedicated staffers conjure pleasant visits by providing two complimentary services of the client's choice, such as a steam facial or neck massage, with each haircut, waxing, or skin treatment. In addition to snipping signature 'dos and shaping eyebrows into elegant arches or intimidating lightening bolts, The Lather Lounge contributes to several charitable causes, including cancer research and an organization that uses hair clippings to clean up oil spills.
Working as a paramedic for 10 years, Beth Thompson witnessed the damage of unhealthy eating habits up close and personal. Her subsequent studies led her to create Target Metabolism, a health and wellness company that preaches weight loss through accurate analysis of the body and caloric accountability. Here, registered dieticians work with clients to create personal portraits of their metabolic needs, and massage therapists offer treatments to help the body relax during the weight-loss process.
When massage therapist with more than 30 years of experience Lolita Knight traveled to Fiji looking to soak up the sun and native culture, she wasn’t expecting to discover what would become the signature tool in her therapeutic arsenal. While living in a remote village on one of the nation’s smaller islands, however, Lolita had the good fortune of running into Simonis, a village doctor who had been healing sore muscles since the age of 7. A consummate giver, Simonis happily instructed Lolita in the methods that had been handed down to him across generations—methods that center on the feet and were unlike anything she had seen in her career.
Though her journey as a therapist has taken her to locales as far-flung as New Zealand, Lolita now devotes herself to the art of Fijian massage within the relaxing, tropical-themed confines of Islands Massage, which she founded in 2007. Fijian sarongs hanging from the walls and seashells scattered about evoke a distinctive island vibe as eclectic music wafts through the air. The soundtrack ranges "from Led Zeppelin to ocean sounds," says Lolita, who can find a kernel of relaxation in almost anything.
Aside from her specialty Fijian massage, in which she uses the pads of her feet and gravity to drive out tension, Lolita and her staff perform traditional table massages and healing sessions that utilize touch, such as Chinese acupressure facials and Indian head massage. To aid in relaxation, the therapists sometimes employ island-themed tools such as aqua heating pads or hurl coconuts at backs to break up clumps of tension.