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.
At her eponymous medical laser spa—which has attracted media attention from Great Day SA and KABB Fox 29’s Daytime @ 9—Dr. Elizabeth McRae draws on 20 years of experience to enhance exteriors with noninvasive procedures. Starting with the face, she and her team of nurses rejuvenate complexions with treatments ranging in intensity from a classic European facial to intense-pulsed-light therapy. Visages that have begun to sag or accrue wrinkles from years of staring at a Rubik’s cube are smoothed with Botox or dermal fillers such as Juvéderm. Clients maintain their looks at home with beauty products from brands such as Obagi and SkinCeuticals.
In addition to pampering faces, Dr. McRae caters to entire bodies with Zerona laser body-slimming treatments and laser hair removal. She also uses minimally invasive ultrasonic liposuction to suction out liquefied fat and stockpiled cotton candy.
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.
Healing starts from the inside out. That is what the trained hydrotherapists at ClearWater Colonics preach as they keep bodies healthy through detoxifying colonics, spa treatments, and healing energy therapies. Colonics aid the natural cleansing processes of the liver, kidneys, and digestive tract by gently removing impacted matter and impurities using a continuous flow of UV-filtered water. Each session on the Colenz open-system machine—which uses disposable hoses and speculums—encourages a better-functioning colon and can also help decrease bloating, headaches, and fatigue. The clinic also provides less invasive detox treatments, including an aloe vera clay body mask, a mineral soak for the hands and feet, and jikiden reiki sessions, which restore depleted energy levels using an ancient hands-on technique and a replacement set of AA batteries.
Inside OMG Nails LLC's tidy salon, clients kick back with a complimentary drink as meticulous nail techs file away ragged edges. Restorative pedicures unfold in comfy chairs with built-in footbaths, where sea salt and a foot mask rejuvenate piggies before nails welcome coats of colorful polish. Manicures add evocative shades to hands, keeping things simple with a basic polish change or adding extras including french tips, acrylics, or sheaths for retractable claws. The salon’s technicians also specialize in nonnail treatments, melting away tension with hot-stone massages, coaxing out impurities with mud facials, or boosting wink effectiveness with eyelash extensions.