While taking a walk, it's not unusual for residents of Tucson to see others out for a stroll, although it might be unusual to see someone stooping to collect leaves from a low-lying plant. But that's exactly what staff members at Natural Way Wellness Spa do to create their seasonal herbal wraps and infusions. They select their local gatherings based on their "wide working knowledge of herbology," says the owner, who supplements her own herbal findings with trips to local herb stores and enchanted forests.
"Tucson [is] such a wonderful community that cares about sustainable foods, that cares about [being green]," the owner says. "Our mission, really, is to bring affordable, safe, and natural services to Tucson." Massage therapists and aestheticians employ organic American-made products to cleanse complexions or detoxify bodies during wraps. Treatments are outlined on a whimsical chalkboard menu, which presides over the spa's comfortable atmosphere with ceilings of exposed wooden beams and pastel walls.
Though she's highly trained in a multitude of massage techniques, Jasmine most often finds herself employing the popular Swedish and deep-tissue massages. Both modalities soothe achy and tight muscles and help relieve stress. She also offers myofascial-release massages, which help improve range of motion, so clients can eventually just massage their own backs.
Although licensed massage therapist Elias Sanchez has been trained to memorize the body's complex map of muscles, he understands that everyone's body is different. During his relaxing integrated massages, he intuitively seeks out areas of tension. That's how he's able to customize massages to each individual's specific needs.
U Love Massages is a haven for those with sore muscles, tense shoulders, or an overload of mental stress. The spa's therapists treat those issues?and others?with soothing kneads that dispel muscle knots. They also pamper clients with skin-softening body scrubs, body wraps, and reflexology foot treatments.
Soft musical notes float from room to room inside Bella Shuv, where guests find respite with a medley of pampering services. Experts tend to hair and skin with organic products during trendy cuts and refreshing facial treatments, and decorate keratin sheets with shiny nail polishes.
Jenae Hedberg corrals wayward hair from her workstation inside Art Hair Studio. She calms frizz with Keratin smoothing treatments and adds bounce to limp locks with perms. Scissors snip overgrown strands, and hair color or retired bank dye packs add more drama to new styles.