Monita Chan has been training aspiring cosmetologists for more than two decades, instructing them in everything from creative haircut techniques to special-effects makeup application. At BM Chan—a cosmetology training academy that's also a full-service salon—she captains her team of beauty experts that includes stylists, massage therapists, nail technicians, and skincare specialists
When she and her team aren't leading classes in aromatherapy or medical aesthetics, they're giving their salon clients luxurious breaks from their busy lives. They even pull hair styling techniques from Vidal Sassoon and Pivot Point to create their looks for both special events as well as entirely unremarkable events.
As an extension of Tola Yoga, Tola Boutique Spa helps clients pursue wellness and find inner peace with holistic, relaxing spa treatments.? Naturally derived ingredients are found in several services: for instance, the power repair facial uses antioxidant-rich organic acai berry extract?which helps repair damaged skin as well as balance tone and texture?while the mineral boost facial uses Pacific seaweed to remedy congested skin. Other services include mani-pedis, gel-overlay waxing and eyebrow tinting, and Canadian glacial clay for removing and balancing skin impurities.
• For $65, you get the Dr. Renaud facial makeover (a $130 value). • For $129, you get three laser hair-removal sessions (up to a $285 value). Mi Casa's expert staff make over faces and smooth away unwanted hair in a 3,000-square-foot spa. During Dr. Renaud's expertly designed makeover, clients relax in included robes and slippers as dermis aficionados thoroughly analyze skin and apply a cosmetic peel that leaves faces as pure as a soft-spoken golden goose. A hydrating serum replenishes parched pores, and a Lumilift mask smoothes, lifts, and tightens face canvases. Skilled hands deftly paint skin in complexion enhancers packed with horse chestnut to decongest heads and bolster microcirculation. Finally, mascara thickens eyelashes and a Diva lip-plumping balm renders mouths ready to kiss nearby puppies.
Salt seasons food and exfoliates skin, but it can help people breathe easier, too. Anyone suffering from symptoms of COPD, sinusitis, and other respiratory ailments may find relief at Healthy Breathing Center, where salt rooms help improve breathing function. Inside, they enter a private chamber and recline in a comfortable chair as air infused with miniscule salt particles is pumped in. While participants breathe deeply, the salt penetrates the lungs, soothing inflammation and dislodging built-up congestion. During a 45-minute session, it's even normal for patients to relax to the point of even falling asleep.
At Peace of Mind Reflexology, a licensed reflexologist helps clients overcome chronic pain, defeat insomnia, and eliminate toxins—all without the use of drugs or intrusive treatments. Rather than rubbing soft tissue like one would do when giving a back massage or developing a new brand of Kleenex, reflexology treatments apply targeted pressure to nerves on the feet. This stimulates the release of endorphins at specific locations throughout the body. After a session with a trained reflexologist, patients may feel a reduction in pain and stress and a boost in circulation, all activated through the body's natural energy and internal chemical reactions.
Whether through peels, facials, or nail treatments, the staff at Iris Day Spa makes it their goal to instill beauty and confidence in their clients. Amino acid anti-oxidant peels and anti-aging facials help brighten the skin and reduce blemishes such as wrinkles and age spots. A wide assortment of manicures and pedicures—think shellac, gels, and paraffin treatments—ensure a classy set of digits. And as outer beauty is stoked by attentive treatments, so too is inner peace cultivated by expert hands; therapists offer relaxing and therapeutic massages to render stress as absent as a roll of coins at a magic convention.