Like the full range of muscles it challenges, Wellbridge Athletic Club & Spa affords a full range of experiences to a broad spectrum of visitors, from corporate coworkers to athletic kids. A 25-yard indoor lap pool hosts swimmers, who can dry off with towels in a full-amenity locker room. Group fitness classes challenge visitors to sweat through cycling, Pilates, and aqua Zumba. The latter gets swimming bodies boogying to the tune of energetic international and Latin rhythms. There are also more than 47 pieces of cardio equipment that allow visitors to work out independently, and some of the cardio machines have flat-screen TVs and satellite radio, which actually orbits you as you listen to it.
In order to offer their visitors ample guidance, Wellbridge Athletic Club & Spa staffs several personal trainers, who assist clients striving for a variety of goals, including weight loss and injury recovery. The facility’s free childcare allows parents to work out without the hassle of finding a sitter, and its spa allows those same parents to shed every last scintilla of stress during a relaxing massage.
The staff at Pure Harmony Day Spa unleashes an arsenal of naturally derived products during each beauty and wellness ritual. Scented towels, lava stones, and essential oils flavor massage treatments, and facials and chemical peels harvest healthy complexions with doses of alpha-hydroxy acids and botanical extracts. Organic wax adheres to unwanted body bristle, and therapists cloak bodies with seaweed and sea salt to imbue skin with moisture. Upon check-in, spa clients may visit Pure Harmony’s complimentary steam room before they luxuriate in a lounge void of cell-phone beeps and cooing carrier pigeons. Inside khaki-colored treatment rooms, relaxation recipients alight on contoured beds, and salon visitors perch upon ivory-hued pedicure chairs bolstered by whirlpool foot tubs.
Xenon International Academy's accredited beauty-school curriculum teaches aesthetician and cosmetology aspirants to administer mani-pedis, haircuts, and other pampering services under the watchful eye of licensed and experienced instructors. Customers opting for the mani-pedi will plop into padded seats before extremities technicians direct their focus to prettifying digits of all sizes and decimal points. Skilled keratin crafters will tend to hand parts with expert care during luxurious spa manicures, before sprucing backup fingers with soothing spa pedicures. Those who choose today's second option will also receive a haircut, shampoo, and style under the deft hands of a studious hairdresser. Trained sculptors of scalp whiskers use high-quality products from Peel's Salon Services as they trim, wash, and style manes in 30–45 minutes, the same time it takes to finish a game of full-contact hopscotch. Alternatively, the glycolic smoothing peel and aromatherapy-oil body wrap reinvigorates sleepy visages and hydrates drought-swept skin expanses. During the peel, facial cells receive an exfoliation that can reduce the visibility of undesired facial features such as minor scars, fine lines, and second noses. During the aromatherapy-oil wrap, calming scents elicit thoughts of peace and potpourri as the gently compressed epidermis replenishes its empty aquifers. Xenon International Academy’s Ballwin campus boasts an 18,000-square-foot space sufficient to house four fully equipped semiprivate spa rooms, a private waxing room, 72 client-service stations, and three classroom workshops, with space leftover to park a hoverized Mississippi steamboat. Walk-ins and appointments are welcome.
Hair-removing lasers, dermal fillers, and minimally invasive liposuction all populate the list of cosmetic services offered at Clayton Med Spa. The aestheticians are putting faces at ease as they pose for skin-rejuvenating photofacials or bidding dullness adieu during diamond-tipped microdermabrasions. Those hoping to correct sagging skin sans surgery can ask about FDA-approved ReFirme skin tightening, which draws upon infrared light and bipolar radio frequencies to stimulate collagen production. Injectables such as Botox, Juvéderm, and Restylane help fill in fine lines caused by aging or falling asleep atop a subway grate.
A Redken Premier school, The Salon Professional Academy staffs an elite team of certified teachers, each of whom boasts more than 10 years of industry experience and a passion for education. Director of Education Chris Gould garnered 16 years of experience training with well-known brands such as Vidal Sassoon, Jacques Dessange, and Yosh Toya, before opening the academy to share her savvy with top local talent. Up-and-coming hair stylists, cosmetologists, and aestheticians meet for full-time, hands-on classes that dispense wisdom on products, body treatments, and the most effective way to relax tense mannequins. Armed with scissors, enthusiasm, and on-trend taste, advanced students head onto the floor to perform salon services on real clients under the watchful eyes of their teachers.
The arched gate of Le Jardin at the Spa opens to a concrete path that leads to four small cottages where tranquility abounds. The refurbished four-cottage compound houses a full salon and spa, where clients take a mini vacation from the stresses of day-to-day life with full-body massages and relaxing facials that cleanse skin with Image and Pevonia skincare products. Inside, stylists remove split ends and salvage damaged strands with a five-step conditioning process and crossed fingers. They also host spa parties, which often include a sparkling-wine reception and decadent desserts. With the purchase of any five regularly priced spa services, clients may host their own spa party for free and bring their own food, drinks, and friends.
The Youthful Body Aesthetic Medical Spa provides a plethora of services for improving the skin's appearance. The mini-microdermabrasion takes 20–30 minutes and utilizes the suctioning power of aluminum oxide to vacuum away dead dermis and dirt. The chemical peel furthers rejuvenation with mild acidity, leaving skin more enlivened than a humming bird after bungee jumping. Alternately, demand satisfaction and duel frustrating furrows and worrisome worry lines by using a Botox pistol, sending them all back in time with one quick, minimally painful shot. Botox causes muscles to relax and smooths out wrinkles, with maximum benefits achieved in around 10 to 14 days.