Before opening Touch of Indigo Massage Therapy, Mackenzie honed her craft during 750 hours of training. Since then, she's continued to fine-tune those skills through continuing-education courses as well as tirelessly trying to grow a third arm. Mackenzie is proficient in multiple types of treatment: she dissolves tension with Swedish strokes, undoes knots with deep-tissue kneads, and pampers hands and feet with salt or sugar scrubs. As a postpartum doula and mother of three, she also takes a special interest in assuaging childbearing aches with prenatal and postnatal massages.
Armed with award-winning Éminence Organic Skin Care products, the staff at FACES Skin Care & Massage pampers skin with custom facials, slimming body wraps, and exfoliating sugar scrubs. The skin treatments, such as the citrus lip treatment or blueberry body wrap, sound—and smell—good enough to eat. Though the staff recommends resisting the urge to ingest, the organic, biodynamic ingredients feed skin, leaving it hydrated and shining brighter than an embarrassed electric eel. The organic products and natural skincare services are an example of FACES Skin Care's commitment to a green spa experience and commitment to sustainability.
Although Claudia Sosulski's memories of lavender fields in France inspired her latest spa, Lavender Garden Day Spa—as reported by MLive—it has been her more than seven years as a massage therapist that inspired her to offer a range of healing spa services. This includes deep-cleansing facials with Elina Organics, handmade skincare products, infrared sauna sessions to naturally detoxify bodies, and custom massage sessions in an ashiatsu therapy room.
Behind almost any skincare product is a team of chemists in charge of testing and perfecting its delicate blend of ingredients. Rarely, though, do those chemists go on to create their own product lines. But that's just what Elina Fedotova did, turning her expertise as a cosmetic chemist, herbalist, and aesthetician towards crafting healthy and nurturing products. Her products are handmade with seasonal ingredients that nourish skin without the use of harmful chemicals or eye of newt. At her relaxing Chicago spa, stress disappears as guests sip herbal tea in the light-purple lobby. One of her clients' favorite treatments is the corrective herbal facial, which Chicago Magazine named the city's best in 2012.
The stylists at Universal Images Salon and Spa call on the likes of Matrix Biolage, Moroccanoil, Redken, and other professional-grade products to grant men and women's hair with flattering new looks. Spa treatments ranging from manicures and massages to facials and makeup applications ease stress and nourish skin, while the front of the salon features a jewelry boutique to enhance revamped looks or comfort necks mourning the loss of their split-end friends.
Island Heat Tanning Spa earned a Kalamazoo Gazette Readers' Choice Award for its UV and spray tans?both of which are available at four intensity levels, for easy hue customization. Its VersaSpa sunless tanning formula has been featured on E's Sunset Tan, and bronzes physiques without leaving behind any telltale orange undertones. The spa's four UV tanning-bed styles, meanwhile, boast features such as built-in speakers and aromatherapy scents.