Skewed chakras can settle back into place at Cora Bella's Aveda Salon & Spa, where chakra-balancing Aveda services pamper both muscles and nails. Deep-tissue and foot reflexology work augment meditative prompts during a chakra-balancing massage, whereas focused kneads and soothing aromas accompany the chakra-themed hand and foot treatments. These calming offerings, in addition to other styles such as the fusion stone massage, strive to restore serenity in body and thought.
Meanwhile, junior and senior stylists in the salon reshape 'dos into sleek or voluminous arrangements. They oversee perms, applications of color, and careful trims, as well as nourishing add-ons of botanical Aveda hair and scalp therapies.
In the late 1920s, the Great Depression was rendering most Americans professionally and financially paralyzed. But in a small California kitchen, Merle Nethercutt Norman was putting a plan in motion to formulate her own skincare products and share them with family and friends. She truly believed in her formulas, knowing that by getting them on as many faces as possible, she would develop a following of customers. She was right?within a few years she and her nephew were opening their first studio in Santa Monica, and they eventually unveiled a series of independently operated stores that enabled women to take ownership during a time of gender-based limitations such as men-only restrooms.
Today, in approximately 2,000 stores across three countries, the three basic principles of Merle's original vision still apply. Each studio is independently owned and fosters an in-depth knowledge of the company's own line of makeup and skincare products. Just as Merle shared her creations with close friends and sallow mannequins more than 80 years ago, today's aestheticians embody the business's "try before you buy" philosophy. A menu of complimentary studio services?from foundation checks to express facials?allows patrons to sample the lauded brand before committing to the purchase of products or full spa treatments.
Armed with chocolate wax for sensitive skin, Curl Up & Dye Salon and Spa’s licensed aestheticians efficiently eradicate hairs to keep skin smooth and clean. Professional de-fuzzers transform Bert brows into beautiful eye awnings by applying eyebrow waxes with clinical precision, curtail hair’s expansionist policies with bikini waxes, or remove all traces of hair in the bikini region with a Brazilian wax. After the 15- to 30-minute waxing session concludes, newly sleek skins can face the summer without worrying about burgeoning brow-hairs pushing the sunglasses right off their face.
At Enlightened Therapeutic and Prenatal Massage, licensed massage therapist Kristina Casini is certified in pre- and perinatal massages, helping women find relief from discomfort during and right after pregnancies. She also employs Swedish and deep-tissue techniques, and utilizes smooth stones heated in water to further alleviate aches. Special add-ons to her massages include an organic sugar-scrub hand treatment and aromatherapy.
Guided by plastic surgeon and owner Dr. Martin Blue, the staff at Mirage Medi Spa cleanses and exfoliates complexions with treatments customized to clients' skin concerns, from hair-removing Brazilian and bikini waxes to medical-grade chemical peels. To ensure the staff meets high standards, each employee is handpicked based on their medical training and then encouraged to further develop their skills with prescription Obagi advanced training and PCA medical skincare line advanced training. At the med-spa, the aestheticians draw on their extensive knowledge during consultations. Understanding that each client's skin is as unique as a snowflake?s thumbprint, the staff scrutinizes skin with a complete analysis. Then, their creativity comes into play. The team uses that information to customize a facial, chemical peel, or microdermabrasion treatment, blending medical-grade ingredients to address concerns ranging from acne to rosacea.
Sometimes a series of painful and unfortunate events can lead people to find their calling. For Danielle Minerva it began with psoriasis, and then neurological disturbances she developed after routine wisdom-teeth-removal surgery. Once she diagnosed herself with Epstein-Barr virus and started exploring ways to ease her discomfort, Danielle realized that her body had the potential to heal naturally. Her experiences with alternative medicine inspired her to help others by pursuing a license in Massage Therapy and a degree in Occupational Studies.
When clients come in with mental and physical complaints, Danielle treats them each individually, using her repertoire of alternative practices to reduce pain and tension with custom massages or Raindrop Therapy, during which essential oils drip along the spine and massaged in the feet using reflexology along with other massage techniques to bring the body into alignment, assist with inflammation, and imbue clients with an overall sense of well-being. She can work to assist clients with a range of maladies from stress to pain; detoxifying chinese-cupping sessions draw out impurities from the skin using the vacuum effect, which utilizes cups placed over clients’ areas of discomfort. Danielle also offers ear candeling designed to reduce ear-wax buildup and help with sinus issues and iconic detox foot bath sessions.