Even before taking their place on the massage table or in a heated pedicure chair, customers who walk into Elite Salon & Day Spa have a sense of the luxurious relaxation they can expect. They're greeted with complimentary beverages before being ushered into softly lit private rooms where candles flicker, and stress is submerged under a wash of relaxing music. Among other services, aestheticians improve skin with facials that use Repêchage products, a seaweed-based line manufactured in the United States. For those who need a getaway from family responsibilities or a stressful job turning the sun on and off every day, spa packages sequester guests in serenity for three to seven hours.
Licensed paramedical aesthetician Stephanie Bell has stayed abreast of technological advances throughout her career, which spans more than a decade. At Total Body Aesthetics, which is celebrating its six-year anniversary at a new location with five studios, she equips clients with HCG diets, Synergy AMS treatments, and Formostar body wraps to help them lose inches and stay fit. To assist with skincare, she buffs and purifies faces with Clarisonic brushes, which pulse at 300 movements per minute, as fast as a Ferrari’s standing heart rate.
Bell balances the clinical feel of high-tech gadgets with the welcoming feel of earthy decor. Private treatment rooms brim with natural light filtering through thatched blinds. Plants add an organic touch, as do thick, sand-colored linens.
Bare Smooth's laser hair-removal specialists help clients cut ties with razors, tweezers, wax, and the laborious process of burning each hair with a match. During a free consultation, a tech determines each client's specific needs, custom-tailoring their packages before guiding guests through the entire laser hair-removal process. The staff can also improve the appearance of skin with microdermabrasion, facials, and chemical peels.
The Elements applies restorative touch to tension-laden muscles and joints, relieving stress and increasing circulation with a variety of massage services. Weary muscles receive gentle kneading and circular movements in the sigh-inducing Swedish massage, and a deep-tissue massage evicts entrenched aches using slower strokes, a strongly worded letter, and forceful pressure from the licensed massage therapist’s fingers and elbows. Heated lava stones bring soothing bliss to lattisimi dorsi, and prenatal massage therapy addresses the pain and swelling accompanying pregnancy. Aromatherapy combines Swedish elements with essential oils but eschews nonessential bugle playing. The Elements also administers medical and sports-related massages to sufferers of chronic pain and athletes, respectively.
At La Bella Mi, an attentive team of licensed aestheticians invites patrons to strip away unwanted hair and blemishes in a soothing atmosphere. Treat a world-weary complexion to a one-hour European facial, and a savvy skinspert will customize a relaxing, cleansing, and conditioning service to meet each customer's unique skin type ($70). Or combat premature aging with the Repechage Signature Four-Layer facial, a 75-minute firming mask that swaddles the skin in a multilayered seaweed cocoon, hydrating and nourishing until it emerges looking as young and fresh as the most photo-worthy sushi ($90). For fans of oxymoronic beauty, a back facial flips façades over to treat acne, dark spots, and uneven skin tone on the back before relaxing the newly cleansed corpus with a luxurious hot-stone massage and purifying mask ($55).
A Touch of Heaven came to fruition under the direction of Andrea Sylvia, an aesthetician and former surgical nurse who dreamed of blending the pampering atmosphere of a day spa with the compassionate care of a doctor's office. Medical therapies appear throughout the extensive service menu, brightening complexions with pharmaceutical-grade skincare products from SkinCeuticals and trimming silhouettes with weight-loss programs. Nonsurgical face-lifts rely on microcurrent technology to diminish fine lines and visibly firm the skin, while the futuristic-looking alpha spa capsule combines the detoxifying benefits of a sauna with the rejuvenating effects of aromatherapy and vibratory massage.
In addition to these advanced treatments, traditional spa remedies such as manicures, hot-stone massage, and hugs from terry-cloth robes aim to quiet stressed minds and muscles. The spa also accents glowing complexions with glittering face and body art and donates all proceeds from the five-dollar service to Women at Risk, an organization devoted to combating human trafficking.