A lifelong makeup artist and aesthetician whose work has graced the faces of Kim Kardashian, Paula Abdul, and other celebrities, Talar has the aesthetic know-how to rejuvenate any face. Her repertoire of treatments, performed in-home or in her private treatment room, employ medical-grade chemical peels and Dermalogica skincare products to keep skin looking youthful.
Knobby bonsai trees and cacti sprout wildly in the front yard, corralled by a hand painted stone wall bearing tarot motifs and the studio's name, House of Intuition Healing Studio. Small painted symbols even grace a few of the steps leading up to the house, establishing a cosmic energy that extends into the house's private treatment rooms and spiritual boutique.
Inside, experienced healers provide counsel and insight as they administer tarot readings, I Ching, reiki, and clairvoyant readings. During aura readings, healers leverage their sense of intuition to pinpoint energies surrounding the body and light bulbs hovering above the head. They further delve into manifestations of self during past-life consultations, which explore patterns of experience.
In the boutique, crystals of all sizes and colors glint and shimmer under display lights. Some items, such as purifying bath salts, dressed magic candles, and anointing potions, are created by the studio's staff.
A row of rooms partitioned off by curtains hold identical interiors: a canopy of white fabric above and a long, comfy floor mat below. It’s here where therapists perform traditional Thai massages—a style that blends yoga-like stretches with deep massage techniques—with the aim of improving clients’ range of movement and overall wellness. During the total Thai relaxation massage, therapists apply rhythmic pressure along the body’s energy lines, or Sen, to unblock pathways and turn the belly button into an iPod charging station. Pho Siam’s staff also turns their attention to skin concerns with Dermalogica facials, and removes hair from the face and body with waxing treatments.
The Art of You Holistic Center heals bodies with relaxing treatments performed both indoors and out. Classic facials and back treatments evict dirt from the skin, and massages?which range from deep tissue to Swedish?turn tense muscles into butter. The center also offers acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine and only uses natural products that are free of parabens, sulfates, and poltergeists.
Tao of Venus Wellness Center owner Beth Meneley draws on her master's degree in oriental medicine and a passion for healing to protect and mend patients' physiques through a diverse range of holistic therapies. Trained acupuncturists and chiropractors work to realign the body through time-honored methods, and seasoned massage therapists ease pain with a tailored blend of six tension-melting modalities. Thermography specialists boast the ability to detect cancer without the use of radiation through thermal imaging, which aims to find harmful cells through the naturally occurring heat of their weekly bake-offs. Before and after appointments, patients sip steaming cups of tea in an intimate relaxation room dotted with leafy plants, Eastern totems, and modern furnishings.
The all-natural chocolate and honey facial is one of Body Bar's signature skin treatments. Although the temptation to lick your own face may be palpable, the physical difficulty of the act, combined with the benefits of the effectively sweet concoctions, should keep the procedure running smoothly. Lie back and enjoy the soothing sensation of two separate treatment masks: an organic cocoa powder mask that stimulates circulation, exfoliates outer layers of snake skin, and moisturizes the newly excavated baby skin camped out below, followed by a honey mask that naturally fights bacteria buildup, hydrates hopeful pores, and stimulates collagen for noticeably firmer skin that appears as youthful as a baby bee discovering itself on a European road trip. Body Bar employs the skilled hands of certified aestheticians for a reliably enjoyable experience and positively beautiful results.