The human body has been compared to many things—a machine, a temple, a work of art—but to licensed massage therapist Amanda Heintskill, it will forever be like an onion. The owner of Phoenix Rising Massage Therapy LLC likens her massage technique, which she refers to on her website as “the onion approach,” to peeling an onion. She begins with a very light touch and then gradually increases her pressure, working on or “peeling away" one layer of tension at a time. In this way, she gradually releases tension without causing her clients unnecessary discomfort that then has to be counteracted with comic relief from the funny bone. First off this is the feedback I got from this merchant "I have to commend the editorial team - please pass on my sincere thanks for putting in about the "onion approach" philosophy! That is the big thing that I try and explain to individuals - so they don't come in and expect deep tissue work right away :) So - please pass on my thanks!"
Dr. Christopher J. Knuth merges his 23 years in the medical community with a dedication to mending skin and soft-tissue injuries and the expertise of his skilled, friendly staff to grant clients effective cosmetic treatments in relaxing, spa-like confines. Wielding pharmaceutical-grade products such as Latisse, SkinCeuticals, and Obagi, the physician and his staff sculpt ravishing exteriors through a range of services.
Microdermabrasion and chemical peels rediscover the face's hidden youth by wiping away dull outer cells, and vein therapy fades unsightly blood vessels that are visible through skin. The Lumenis AcuPulse CO2 laser helps treat superficial and deep fine lines, wrinkles, sun damage, and acne scars. Clients revel in the care, heaping accolades upon the staff and declaring their experiences at Aspen Medical Aesthetics and Laser Clinic as "nothing but a pleasure" and "definitely worth it."
The nail technicians at Bay’s Nail Spa pamper finger shingles with mani-pedis that take place in hardwood-floored salon with four cushioned pedicure chairs complete with footbaths. During a Shellac manicure, coats of the durable formula bathe under UV light so they have the strength to resist chipping even if struck by a folding chair during a thumb-wrestling match. The basic manicure instead layers fingernails with vibrant shades of classic polish, tinting freshly groomed and shaped digit tips with eye-catching color over the course of 35 minutes.
At The Colour Bowl Salon, licensed cosmetologists tend hair gardens with a variety of grooming services, including cutting, styling, and coloring. Customers can opt for a formal finishing treatment ($45) to increase strands’ health, shine, and empathy for Russian czars. A Brazilian Blowout (price varies) leaves follicles glossy and frizz-free, and a half ($70) or full ($78) head of beam-deflecting highlights can protect bikers on their nightly commutes. A one-step hair coloring ($52) turns blond heads into red heads and bald heads into Easter eggs, and most follicles can feast on nutritious products from Alterna, Enjoy, Simply Organic, and Moroccanoil during their treatments.
Since becoming a certified stylist in 1997, Frances has been an educator for Matrix International and has worked international beauty shows and New York’s Fashion Week. Committed to continued education, she has also pursued advanced training with both the Aveda Institute and the Redken Exchange in Manhattan.
Frances continues to propel standards at her own salon, Belleza, particularly with her signature Brazilian blowout treatments. In an attempt to reduce clients’ contact with formaldehyde, she has modified her treatments in two ways—first, she offers clients the option of using Zero+ or lite formulas. The Zero+ solution is formaldehyde-free, and lite treatments are applied in an express time frame that minimizes exposure to the product. Secondly, Frances has invested in two modern technologies that reduce airborne pollutants: Izunami fume irons, whose built-in suction components draw fumes from the air, and the Pure Air chemical-fume extraction system, featuring a 16-inch hood that is positioned above a client’s head to oxidize chemicals while also suffusing her brain with new vocab words.
Skin Alive and its aesthetician school, Mequon Thiensville School of Esthetics, are devoted to the study and practice of skincare. Clients can choose to visit the hands-on student-learning center for aesthetic services performed by students under instructor supervision, or head to the Skin Alive spa for services performed by a licensed professional. Both offer basic beauty services, such as facials, peels, and waxing, but the licensed aestheticians at Skin Alive can also slough off dead skin cells with diamond-tip microdermabrasion, rejuvenate skin with lasers, and vanquish unwelcome hair with laser hair-removal treatments that leave skin smoother than a cue ball smothered in olive oil.