As Willadare Spa's owner and operator, aesthetician Lauren Matteson guides clients on beautification journeys that begin with the selection of a facial. Then Lauren treats hands with scented oils, wraps them in a cocoon of plastic, and snuggles them in a heat pocket where they can comfortably melt into warm mozzarella cheese. All facials include cleansing, steaming, exfoliation, extractions, and treatment mask, and all but the back facial also include a face, neck, and shoulder massage. The European facial ($75 value) is individually tailored to each client like a pair of Italian pantaloons, and the hydration facial ($80 value) helps to restore moisture deep in skin's lower lairs. The deep pore-cleansing facial ($85 value) attacks acne by targeting acne-causing bacteria and dispatching an army of products that are far less likely to turn dangerously sentient than acne-fighting nano-robots. Collagen-thirsty faces can drink in the vitamin C facial ($95 value), which is designed to reduce signs of aging such as skin tone discoloration and fine lines. Altruistic fronts can choose the back facial ($85 value) as a sign of solidarity with their often-neglected counterpart, and Lauren tends to the body's other left-out elements with a foot and leg massage as facial masks set.
Some might call Shanna Bustichi Peuse a perfectionist, but she’s not complaining. Results matter to this licensed aesthetician and makeup artist, who has a passion for creating complexions that look, feel, and sound as smooth and youthful as a newborn saxophone. Working independently in the Look Salon Boutique & Spa, Shanna begins most appointments with a brief consultation, in which she carefully analyzes the skin and teaches clients how to unlock their inner beauty at home. Her facials nourish pores with ingredients such as collagen and vitamin C, and corrective treatments fight wrinkles and blemishes with retinol, lactic acid, and LED lights. A makeup kit stocked with quality creams and powders from Jane Iredale, Stila, Mac, and Tarte also serves her talented hands as she designs stunning day-to-evening faces and special-occasion looks that have graced brides, fashion shows, photo shoots, and the occasional baseball card.
The compassionate practitioners at People's Integrative Medicine & Acupuncture perform holistic wellness services with integrity and humility, frequently collaborating with one another. They help sooth sore muscles and straightened misaligned qi through massage, craniosacral therapy, naturopathy, and acupuncture treatments. While acupuncture is given in a quiet community room, certified massage therapist Meghan Robinson performs massages in one of seven private treatment rooms. The team of practitioners also outline plans to achieve long-term health goals and prescribe ethically harvested herbs and supplements to accompany these plans. All of these efforts chase a company-wide mission to help patients navigate the path to personal wellness, since it has yet to be added to the databases of most GPS systems.
Since 2009, therapists at Endermologie Massage Spa have been using their namesake treatment to help clients slim down and increase their self-confidence. After first discussing aesthetic goals related to body contouring and explaining how their unique procedure works, one of these technicians guides the Endermologie lipomassage hand piece over targeted areas to reduce cellulite and aid in fat reduction. During this noninvasive 35-minute treatment, the motorized device kneads, manipulates, and gives good-natured noogies to the skin to help break down fatty deposits and smooth out the appearance of dimpled skin.
Lenee Lowery's mani-pedis pamper hands and feet with warm soaks, soothing lotions, and stress-busting massage. She artfully applies polish to newly groomed nails and enhances nubby nails with full sets of acrylics. French manicures add a tidy white strip to the top of each nail, as if each finger was just dipped partway into a bowl of crème fraîche.
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