Marta Wozniak, owner of Blu Laguna Salon and Spa, was training at the prestigious Pivot Point International Academy in Chicago when she decided to put her hairdressing skills to the test at the Midwest Beauty Show. This proved to be a wise move, as she won first place out of 132 other competitors from across the country. Her triumph caught the eye of beauty heavyweights at Elizabeth Arden's Red Door Spa, who brought her on staff and launched her career in the salon world. Eventually, Marta shifted her focus to the sunny scenery of California, where she worked in a few salons before opening her own.
True to its name, the decor of Blu Laguna evokes the feel of a tranquil shoreline. Dangling glass bubbles bend the image of ocean-blue walls in the waiting area, which leads onto a mod, minimalist salon floor whose stark blue and white color scheme is only interrupted by the solitary flower that adorns each styling station. Here, Marta's staff of salon and spa experts—made up of a diverse combination of pros fresh to the industry and those with more than two decades in the business—brightens exteriors with haircuts, skincare, massages, and makeup services. When they aren't polishing clients, the specialists are sharpening their skills in fashion shows, photo shoots, and guerrilla makeovers on unsuspecting crossing guards.
At Amazing Touch, licensed massage therapist Kelly Zahniser strives to avail clients of the many physical and emotional benefits of massage therapy. In service of this goal, she soothes muscles with modalities ranging from pregnancy massage to reflexology and eases tension with mineral-rich salt stones found in the Himalayas atop a yeti's pile of bills. Zahniser complements her relaxing massages with detoxifying body wraps and fragrant essential oils. She also travels to clients' homes to spritz bodies with spray-tanning solutions or stage spa parties that furnish on-the-spot pampering for pre-wedding festivities or girls' nights out.
Holistic well-being often requires using multiple types of treatments to make bodies feel great. So Feel Well 4 Life employs everyone from colon hydrotherapists to certified aestheticians, some of who also specialize in practices such as therapeutic bodywork.
Occasionally, they rely on the power of technological advancements, using UV-sanitized water to cleanse the body's intestinal ductwork or dislodging pent-up toxins with the assistance of an electro-lymphatic drainage system.
Therapeutic massages help visitors relieve muscular tension and become more limber than Silly Putty after it's run over by a steamroller. Facials rejuvenate countenances with Inventive Organics skincare products, which are made from herbal extracts, rich botanical oils, and various vitamins and minerals.
The attentive staff at Madison’s Day Spa & Boutique coddles clients with spa services powered by a line of products devoid of harmful chemicals and preservatives. A 90-minute acupressure face-lift facial supplements the fine-tuned tailoring of a custom facial with gentle kneading of cranial acupressure points and sheer applications of the spa’s signature Facelift in a Bottle mask. Aestheticians convey parched pelts to a hydrating oasis during 75-minute Look Better Naked body treatments, which buff away coarse exteriors to reveal newly supple landscapes and maps to the body's secret backup supply of elbows. A 75-minute sports massage panders to tense muscles by improving range of motion and relieving the tightness caused by boxing a tough opponent or being shoved into a box by an even tougher one.
Laguna Canyon Spa may be a touch off the beaten path—the wellness center rests at the edge of Laguna Coast Wilderness Park—but that just means the facility's surroundings match its tranquil interior. After all, it's there that massage therapists perform more than 10 massage styles, including the ancient techniques of Ayurvedic and shiatsu. It's also where yoga and Pilates instructors guide students through postures using mats, reformers, and wall tower equipment, and where aestheticians tend to aging, dehydrated, and acneic skin types using the muds and herbs of eight types of facials. But though the wellness center is usually as serene as a glockenspiel solo, it can still be a fun place to party. The center plays host to birthday and bachelorette parties, during which guests enjoy spa packages that can include jewelry making and henna tattoos.
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