Trained massage therapist Sharon Madison incorporates more than 20 years of experience—including time spent working for the University of Minnesota Athletic Division—into each treatment she performs at Heart and Soul Bodywork. Offering custom massage, energy-work, and spa-detox treatments, she is well versed in myofascial-release, trigger-point, and hot-stone therapies as well as acupressure and reflexology. Madison also brings bodies back into balance with the reinvigorating powers of reiki energy work, and sports massages reduce the pain and swelling athletes may experience after doing arm curls with the Stanley Cup.
While adept at many modalities, prenatal massage is Cody Schniepp’s main area of interest. The licensed massage therapist enjoys helping pregnant women adjust to life changes, be it the pains of child bearing or child rearing. He also performs infant massage, a method he teaches to help strengthen the parent-child bond.
A trio of beauty veterans oversees services at Accolades Salon Spa, making clients feel at ease as a team of experienced stylists, aestheticians, and nail techs performs pampering services inside the Highland Park beauty haven. Stylists improve coifs with precision cuts and straightening treatments using Aveda and Clean Enhanced Organics products. Clients reclining in the spa's private treatment rooms enjoy brow tints, eyelash extensions, and custom massages expertly executed by aestheticians who pack their beauty belts full of seven Arigato skincare products, which are chemical-free and only contain a maximum of four ingredients.
Back on the salon floor, nail techs embellish hands and feet with organic mani-pedis that sheathe fingertips and toes with colorful layers of OPI polishes and CND base- and top coats. Feet wading in the warm waters of a pedi throne basin can take their time as the chair's massage and heat settings melt back muscles into pools of butter. Accolade also provides man-centric services such as hot-towel shaves, as well as advanced cosmetic injections performed by an onsite doctor.
At Massage Heaven, achy muscles and anxious minds receive equal amounts of attention from the hands of experienced massage professionals. Swedish massage helps ease stress with long, fluid strokes, while deep-tissue work, trigger point therapy, and pregnancy massage revert overworked or injured bodies back to their more able selves. Massage Heaven layers aromatherapy onto traditional bodywork and offers lesser-known modalities including ice massage, which dulls pain and reduces one's chance of spontaneous combustion.
SuperNatural Hair revamps tresses with flattering layers and Redken color highlights, but that's just a single strand in the salon's ample coiffure. After an invigorating deep-conditioning treatment, skilled aestheticians can outfit fingertips with glitter polish or remove unflattering fuzz from brows during a private waxing session. The salon also offers a vibrant array of hair extensions available in natural hues or accent colors such as neon pink, turquoise, and camouflage.
If you choose one month of unlimited GentleWaves Photomodulation skin-rejuvenation therapy ($400), you'll get to use energy from gentle LEDs in much the same way plants use the sun for photosynthesis, leaving skin smoother, more even, and younger looking, without risking heat damage or peanut-oil basting. The safe and effective therapy requires no downtime or pesticide fumigation. Ten Botox units ($140) help smooth out wrinkles, creases, and crow's-feet caused by muscle contraction and shirtless bobsledding, providing lasting effects for three to six months after the initial injections. A skin-smoothing back facial ($140) applies steam, enzymes, and a toning mask to clear clogged pores. Extractions eradicate blemishes and a therapeutic massage and soothing healing serums ease tension. All treatments take place in Dr. Michael Law's relaxing office atmosphere, which is buttressed by modern décor, featuring soft pastel hues and striking furnishings.
Designed to help release surface tension and provide detoxification benefits, the session replicates the therapeutic weightlessness of the Dead Sea without the expensive airfare and schools of skeleton fish. Bolstered by soothing music and a warm, enclosed tank, clients rinse away aches and pains as their body is buoyed by water saturated with Epsom salt. Lure out toxins and other gangs of tension-causing troublemakers from their cellular safehouses, or practice astral plane cannonballs with consciousness-calming meditative exercises during the relaxing time in the tank.