Home is where the heart is, which is why Terri Tabor’s hometown of Riverside was the ideal setting for Salon D'Amore. But staying close to home doesn’t keep this salon owner in the dark when it comes to cutting-edge trends. Rather, she arms her staff with Pureology, La-Brasiliana, and Perfection SmoothOut products to update coifs and tame frizz. When it comes to highlights, they use the paint-by-hand balayage technique to give locks a sun-kissed or idyllic-seascape appearance. The full-service salon and spa also soothes muscles with heated stones, and gives nails long-lasting shine with no-chip mani-pedis.
Inside and out, the Massage Team office feels like a comfortable home. A welcoming stone façade greets visitors who then make their way into softly lit treatment rooms lined with dark purple walls and brown drapes. Once clients settle in, experienced massage therapists get busy kneading away stress with common massage types, including Swedish, hot stone, and deep-tissue, and lesser known varieties, such as the full-body Kerala Ayurvedic massage, which alleviates pain and restores bodily balance. In addition to performing massages, the team also offers ear-candling services, which remove impurities and lost quarters hidden deep within the ear canal.
Located in a renovated 19th-century home, Brennan Massage and Spa swathes visitors in quaint atmosphere. Rocking chairs and potted flowers cover the front porch, and inside, original woodwork and contemporary furniture furnishes sunlit rooms. The staff offers guests complimentary cups of organic tea and free baths in piles of woodchips before pampering them with organic, paraben-free facials, relaxing massages, or all-encompassing spa packages. The spa also features a variety of organic, handmade products purchased from small businesses, including scented lotions, shea butters, and skincare lines.
Licensed and board-certified naprapathy and nutritional counselor, Dr. Barbara Keck believes in the healing powers of the human body. Her philosophy guides the treatments performed at Kuma Health and Wellness, where Dr. Keck, Dr. Mary Ellen Boyte, and their staff of massage therapists naturally treat patients for a variety of ailments. Massage therapy alleviates pain and stress, and Dr. Keck’s naprapathy treatments mix nutritional counseling with detoxification techniques to optimize health and improve overall well-being.
Trained hands are pretty good at soothing overworked muscles, but at Dolce Vita Day Spa, they have some extra help. During Vichy hydrotherapy treatments, high-pressure streams of water invigorate the entire body as guests relax on a table, a more comfortable alternative to napping at a picnic on a cloudy day. It's typically the finishing touch on spa days that might include more-traditional massages, facials with Arbonne products, and special treatments for the hands and feet. Plant-inspired art, an indoor "garden" area, and an easy-to-reach location in downtown LaGrange make a trip to Dolce Vita relaxing from arrival on.
Unless you're one of the lucky humans who can age backwards, your body needs regular maintenance if it's to last. That's why the skilled aestheticians at Dolce Vita Day Spa keep the mind and body tuned up with rejuvenating and beautifying body treatments. Clients can opt for voluminous lash extensions or retreat to a private room for Swedish or hot-stone bodywork from licensed massage therapist Justyna Gomula.