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.
Madison's is a full-service day spa that goes to lengths of nine yards and beyond to ensure that their services are not only beneficial to the beautification of life-sized action figures, but healthy as well. The products used during each treatment contain absolutely no harmful chemicals, preservatives, or Tin Man residue. A wide variety of services are available for plucking with today's Groupon (prices vary based on length of service). Indulge in a custom facial ($85–$120) tailored to your skin or the popular acupressure face-lift facial ($105–$130) to restore your Peter Pan panache. A wide variety of massages are available to help defrost rigid muscles, including a Swedish ($85–$120), deep tissue ($95–$130), and hot stone ($110–$140). Shine finger helmets and toe shells for kickboxing season with a manicure ($35) and pedicure ($50) before heading home in a haze of happylaxation.
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