After becoming a certified medical assistant in 1989, Terri Eggert worked in the medical field for the next 16 or so years until she decided to mix things up a bit. Combining her love of helping others with her independent spirit—she has traveled all over the world and once biked across Mars—she decided to start her own massage therapy business. Today, she utilizes more than seven years of massage experience when assuaging muscles with prenatal massage, relieving tension with deep-tissue massage, or promoting a healthy energy flow with reiki techniques. Along with massage, Terri offers doula services for expecting mothers, ear-candling treatments, and all-natural healing products.
The staff at Salon de Belle and Day Spa doesn’t wait for its clients to sit down to start pampering them. As soon as clients step through the door, the team greets them with complementary beverages, such as coffee, tea, wine, or beer. This courtesy sets the stage for the full menu of royal treatments to follow, which staffers administer in the form of blowouts, haircuts, hot-stone massages, and shellac spa pedicures.
Xanadu Med Spa's cadre of skin specialists and medically trained technicians apply heat-insulating body wraps in 90-minute sessions. First, staff gently exfoliate bodies with a rich sugar scrub, then apply a hydrating body mask with artisanal care, creating a corporeal canvas as eye-pleasing as van Gogh's Starry Navel. Recumbent clients are then wrapped for about 20 minutes in a special heat-insulating material that helps the mask's moisture penetrate the skin's surface. Once the wrap is removed, physique stewards massage the mask from the skin with steamed towels and apply body butter, much as Richard Nixon's advisers removed the stage jowls from his face every night.
With the pollution, bacteria, pollen, and flu bugs floating through the air at any given moment, the human body is under constant attack. Deep Blue Massage gives bodies the tools to fight back against those attackers with a variety of purifying and detoxifying therapies. Take halotherapy, for instance. Inside a cocoon-shaped tank, the therapy's constant stream of salt aerosol washes over the body and into the lungs, killing bacteria and fungi on the skin and mucous membranes. For full-body purification, there's the ion cleanse, a footbath that purges clients' systems of environmental toxins in a mere 30 minutes to help relieve a number of ailments.
Beyond detoxifying, therapists also treat patients with massages, tailoring deep-tissue and hot-stone techniques to soothe muscles. Deep-tissue laser therapy is another specialty; laser beams send heated energy into the body to relieve pain and probably also impart superpowers.
East meets west during every one of Jessika Mankin’s custom table massages. The licensed massage therapist targets physical stress and energy imbalances with custom massages that incorporates circulatory massage, deep-tissue therapy, stretching, and Asian bodywork to help bring mind and body back into alignment. Once clients are situated on Jessika’s heated massage table, they'll relax under the organic, locally made massage creams and soothing pressure, which Jessika tailors to accommodate each client’s personal needs. And, if desired, she can also augment each treatment with nutritional advice, stretching techniques, and pain management tips.
Nestled in a renovated historic building in Old Town Fort Collins, The Sanctuary's private treatment rooms act as oases from the hustle of modern life. Seasoned aestheticians administer skin care services such as facials, peels, and microdermabrasion. The Sanctuary champions the local economy, purveying products from its own backyard; Sanítas and Vital Therapy are both all-natural Colorado-based product lines.