In the midst of rustic woods, there sits a three-story building. Upon opening its front door, visitors unleash a gentle wave of aromatherapy scents and warm air. They step inside, where therapists lead them past wood accents and into private treatment rooms. World of Serenity’s spa atmosphere recalls the calm of the surrounding wilderness, and inside its walls, therapists adopt a holistic approach; they educate guests in wellness basics, such as why humans don’t eat sand, and perform a range of customized spa services. They soften faces, deep-cleanse pores, and slough of dead cells during customized facials; sometimes scouring or soothing the skin with an additional enzyme deep cleanse, warm stones, or anti-aging collagen. They also ease muscle tension with six massage modalities such as deep tissue, warm stone, and reflexology; and scrub clients from head to toe using salt and sugar rubs, and wraps made from natural dead sea mud or Paradisius—a blend of ground fruit and flower extracts.
As a teenager, Koleen Budney dolled up all her girlfriends for school dances, applying makeup and flirty eyelash extensions. Her passion for beauty led her to pursue a career in the fashion-marketing industry, where she worked in sales for about six years. After realizing that she'd gone astray from what originally sparked her interest in beauty—actually working on people—Koleen decided to become an aesthetician. With a license in hand and a mortarboard glued to her head, she kick-started her new career by giving her inaugural client a series of resurfacing peels. The peels were a success—they resolved the client's hyperpigmentation and affirmed Koleen's expertise. Today, Koleen works out of a personal spa, where she beautifies her clients with an assortment of services, including custom facials, waxing, spray tanning, and—of course—makeup applications.
Within the earth-hued walls of House of Synergy, patrons primp from crown to pinkie toe with hair, massage, facial, and waxing services. Highlights, haircuts, and campfire songs unfurl near the warmth of a red-brick fireplace, and a glass of wine, coffee, or hot tea toasts bon voyage to sore muscles before relaxing massages and facials commence. In partnership with Locks of Love, House of Synergy hosts two charity events a year to collect hair from patrons that can be made into wigs for children suffering with alopecia areata.
At Perfect Brows, skilled aestheticians use their expertise to help clients achieve shapely eyebrows and glowing skin. One of their specialties is threading, an ancient form of hair removal that originated in India. During a 10- to 15-minute eyebrow-threading session, the aesthetician wields twists of cotton thread to gently remove stray hairs at the root and make a miniature sweatshirt for each eye.
At Bella Mia Fashion, women can revamp their wardrobes, creating entire ensembles with dresses, blouses, pants, and skirts. Gals can garb themselves in current style trends without selling their gold fillings, as every article of clothing in the store costs $40 or less. Beyond apparel, customers can nuance outfits with accessories such as scarves, belts, and jewelry.
Committed to holistic unity and relaxation, the professional staff at Everyday Zen Relaxation Studio fuses a soothing, intimate environment and trained techniques to carry the corpus to tension-free rapture. Cozy up to a warm cup of fair-trade Rishi tea in the lounge until one of the friendly staff members welcomes you to his or her bliss chamber for a thoroughly therapeutic deep-tissue massage. During a 60-minute treatment, the mitten fillers of a master therapist will skate smooth circles and figure eights on the surface of your back, boosting circulation, oxygenating muscles, and promoting peacefulness. The comprehensive Zen package combines organic products and body-buffing techniques from a variety of disciplines and healing modalities, including Reiki & Chakra balancing, reflexology, aromatherapy, hot stones, and pressure-point therapy.