Desiree Chmura was a featured aesthetician at the 2010 Aesthetic Everything Oscar Gifting Suite, and, as she pampered famous pores before the Academy Awards, she realized she wanted to open up her own med spa. She's trained in a sweeping array of medical-grade skincare and cosmetic disciplines and has advised listeners on Cosmo's XM radio show on how to reduce inches with a seaweed wrap and how to ensnare a crush with a pair of tweezers.
To create her spa, Desiree corralled a staff of nurses and aestheticians. With treatments that range from deep-cleansing facials and ear candling to dermal fillers and photofacials, guests of all beautification goals can find a service right for them.
Although they moved to new, larger digs in April 2012, the team of expert stylists at Renaissance Salon still delivers the same trusted cuts, colors, and salon services that they've been doling out since 2007. Senior colorists Jennifer and Jessica excel at enriching locks with dimensional color, whereas bridal expert Krista dominates when it comes to readying clients for weddings. Michelle issues precision snips that transform played-out looks into fashionable 'dos, and trendsetter Julie remains ever-vigilant in the hunt for the most adventurous styles. The senior teams is joined by a crew of five fellow stylists and two assistants, but no matter their relative experience levels, their training expectation remains the same; all staff members at Renaissance Salon are required to attend at least two advanced-training seminars annually.
A "weightless belly cushion" sounds like a tool for astronauts, but it's actually an integral part of a prenatal massage at Above All Massage Therapy. This specialized cushion allows expectant mothers to comfortably lie on their stomachs or backs during a soothing massage that's meant to allay the aches associated with pregnancy. This kind of customized attention is the norm at the spa, where therapists adjust their modalities to suit both medical and emotional needs.
Their signature massages combine European, Eastern, and yoga techniques to the client's specifications, with optional add-ons that range from a peppermint foot treatment to the application of heat to relieve pain. Sports massages are just as personalized. They help athletes prevent or recover from injuries with a mix of localized kneads and stretches, as well as sessions in the infrared sauna. The spa also offers couples massage, which is almost as romantic and relaxing as falling asleep beneath the table at a fancy French restaurant.
The licensed epidermis professionals at The Spa 4 Skin challenge blemishes, wrinkles, and unwanted hair with a full array of laser systems, technology-based therapies, and custom facials. They perform skincare therapies such as clay masks, microdermabrasion, and DermaMax and DiamondTome resurfacing treatments, which rejuvenate visages and can slough off the tomato residue caked on from standup performances. Besides face-focused treatments, the professionals cater to bodies with the soothing, nutrient-rich misting of DermaLife spa jet and Swedish or deep-tissue massage. In addition, unwanted follicles are disabled during laser hair removal.
For the past decade, licensed massage therapist Jodi Werner Ramoska has sharpened her skills at various local spas in the area. She now harnesses that experience as the head of Massage Source, where she offers a curated menu of treatments that include Swedish, reflexology, and medical massage. For any massage, there are optional add-ons, too: the therapeutic scents of aromatherapy; the hot stone therapy, which helps to further relax muscles; and a peppermint sinus treatment, which helps clears out sinuses and makes everything smell like Christmas.
With 20 licensed massage therapists on staff, Elements Therapeutic Massage is equipped to help clients treat an array of ailments, from back and neck pain to emotional stress. The team utilizes a level system to give clients the right amount of pressure during their massages, starting with a light and relaxing level one massage and working up to the deep kneads and trigger-point work done in a level four session. Each therapist is versed in a handful of techniques and styles, including the popular Swedish massage, sports massage to help athletes improve their performance ahead of upcoming yo-yo tournaments, and prenatal massage to help expecting mothers ease pregnancy related aches and pains.