"[I like] giving my clients beautiful, healthy, stylish hair they can be proud of," says Angela Tuck, when asked about her favorite part of her job. One of seven talented stylists at The Villa Day Spa & Salon, she specializes in complicated chemical treatments, such as the Keratin Complex hair-smoothing service. Over the course of two to two-and-a-half hours, she deliberately banishes frizz and removes kinks from hair, leaving it glossy and manageable for up to five months.
Though the treatment takes some time, the soothing decor at The Villa Day Spa & Salon makes the wait more bearable. Warmly lit hallways lead away from the sunny salon to specialized rooms, such as the hydrotherapy soak room where a jacuzzi-like pool sits nestled between walls painted with seaside murals. The establishment even contains an old-fashioned steam sauna with fragrant wood paneling, giving patrons a private space where they can relax and cook vegetables simultaneously.
Handicap Accessible: No
Staff Size: 1 person
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular service: Keratin Complex Smoothing Treatment
Brands Used: Keratin Complex. Minardi
Mother-daughter team Heather Hull and Julie Miller-Wilson stay in sync. They went to massage school together and graduated together. As a licensed massage therapist, Julie unfurls tension for her clients at Body Kneads, Etc. while Heather aids by providing various massage treatments. Operating on the same wavelength, they combine their skills in an extensive menu of services that includes 10 types of massages and facials for acne, wrinkles, and dryness.
Heather and Julie’s historic home practically forbids anxious vibes. A cozy fireplace warms hardwood floors and surrounding Victorian decor. In the treatment rooms, powder-blue walls and a soft, padded bed set the stage for massages and skin treatments, which ease clients into states of serenity known only to Julio Iglesias’s microphone. Outside of each mini-sanctuary, qualified professionals perform skin and nail services.
The Potter’s Hand offers a choice of three relaxing massage modalities in sessions tailored to each client's dorsal needs. Biotone lotion and oil are used during Swedish massages, and deeper, thoughtful steps are taken during deep-tissue sessions that focus on client comfort. Pregnant women who are past their first trimester can enjoy the benefits of the prenatal massage, which may include relief of backaches, reduced swelling, or a bonus baby. After sessions, freshly massaged physiques enjoy a respite from aches and pains, improved posture, and boosted lymphatic flow.
Anita Sullivan—the name behind Anita and Co.—offers head-to-toe services with her staff of professionals, including an aesthetician, nail technician, master hair designer, color specialist, and massage therapist. Men, women, and children sit for haircuts, updos, highlights, and hair extensions. Other pampering services include custom facials that work to clear acne and other pore blockages, including oil and leftover New Year’s confetti.
A few wisps of smoke from an extinguished candle hang in the air, along with the lingering fragrance of aromatic oils and the soft strains of jazz or nature sounds. One of the licensed massage therapists at Mona Lisa's Massage & Wellness has completed another relaxing session, easing muscle tension and stress with modalities such as hot-stone therapy, pregnancy or sports massage, or reflexology. The center's practitioners operate in an intimate and tranquil four-room suite complete with a mani-pedi station. In the couples room, pairs enjoying a Yin + Yang massage nosh on chocolate-covered strawberries and discuss how to install electric handlebar warmers on a tandem bike.
The crew exfoliates skin with coconut-lime-scented scrubs and detoxifies bodies with wraps that include a session in the steam sauna. They also aim to clear complexions with 10 different anti-aging facial treatments and peels.
Tell us about your business.
The intention of my work is to follow the recipe of Ida Rolf, who is the founder of Structural Integration/Rolfing. The goal of SI is to align the body into vertical and horizontal planes by slowly manipulating the fascia layer.
What sets your business apart?
There are many different modalities within the massage profession and in my personal experience working with the fascia creates the greatest overall, long-lasting change. It is a slow body stretch in which no lotions or oils are used.
What inspired you to start or run this business?
I have been blessed with the hands and spirit of a healer and by giving the gift of this type of massage, I can give of myself for the greatest good!
What is your most popular offering?
Connective Tissue Massage (CTM) in which I work on the most superficial layer of the fascia as I move broader bands of that fascia. This is a great place to start for the client because it introduces the SI work more gradually, but I would always recommend the client evolve to the SI ten series.
What kind of training/expertise do you have?
After massage school four years ago I had 600 hours. Then, I went on to train in Miami for two years running and I have accumulated 1,030 hours with my sole intent being the study of SI. My heart is truly wrapped around this study. It is a magnificent modality and I'm quite proud to be in the lineage of Ida P. Rolf.