You're laying face down, unsure of what to expect, when you catch a scent. It?s vaguely familiar, but you can?t pinpoint it before the therapist begins massaging your back and shoulders. The lotions and oils seep into your skin and their aromas rock your mind to a sleep-like state. The therapist arranges heated stones along your spine, and, like an electric blanket in a lightning storm, your back suddenly warms, allowing your muscles to complete the transition from tense to relaxed. The next hour flies by.
The hot-stone treatment is just one of five relaxing massage treatments mastered by the licensed staff at A & J Beauty and Day Spa. Aromatic or unscented oils accompany each custom service, be it an indulgent 80-minute Swedish massage or an in-and-out 30-minute mini treatment. The team doles out just as many facials, soothing and rejuvenating both men and women with products tailored to individual needs, and annihilating signs of acne or aging with the needle-free CarboDerm therapy. Their body wraps cocoon clients in seaweed or masks that energize the lymphatic system and firm and tighten physiques, and their mani-pedis incorporate skin-softening paraffin wax and no-chip shellac polish.
MiniLuxe's stable of pamperers ensures sanitary and up-to-date beautification services by receiving regular consult from podiatrists and doctors, and autoclaving their instruments to achieve 100% sterilization. The 30-minute basic manicure shapes, buffs, and colors nails more quickly than dipping digits in melted copper and letting them rust. During the 45-minute KleanSpa fig and fern pedicure, technicians massage paws with a Blue Hawaii specialty scrub and hydrating lotion inflected with the scents of fresh figs, lush ferns, and vanilla. Alternatively, feet steep in paraben-free LaLicious-brand essential oils and scrubs during a 45-minute LaLicious sugar kiss pedicure, a blend of citrus, rose, and vanilla. Friendly staffers perform each service, answering lingering questions about nail maintenance or calluses shaped like Ronald Reagan.
Milano Salon's stylists might prefer to be called artists—they view their craft as art, and back up that claim by performing nearly every type of hair service. They color locks with a spectrum of hair hues and glosses, draw out curls with permanent wave treatments, and sculpt hair into bridal or special-occasion updos. They carve new haircuts with scissors, razors, or the sharpness of their minds—the latter involves up to 17 hours of staring. The stylists use products like Pureology, Chi, and Solano. In the spa, aestheticians improve the health and appearance of complexions with a series of facials and waxing services, while nail technicians administer manicures, pedicures, and hand and foot treatments. Patrons unsure of which service they might want can request a complimentary 15-minute consultation for any of Milano’s treatments.
Before carrying out soothing services such as facials, mani-pedis, and waxing, the staff at Razelle’s Skin Care Salon consult with each client to determine their individual needs. Treatments use Decleor skincare products infused with therapeutic aroma essences. Aestheticians exfoliate, nourish and brighten complexions with skin peels or tackle issues such as acne, fine lines, or dehydrated skin.