At Solar Tan & Spa in Miamisburg, experienced staff match clients with appropriate UV-tanning beds, available in traditional, high-pressure, or standup models oft favored by cows for naptime bronzing. Tanning experts also explain the subtle differences among three sunless options, including a booth with organic, paraben-free solutions and a custom-airbrushing session. The salon-and-spa side of the menu delves into other options, such as the detoxifying Fit infrared body wrap system or teeth-whitening treatments capable of brightening smiles up to 10 shades. Staff members are dedicated to clients' comfort and safety, and the salon itself is as clean as an unused whistle and open seven of the eight days each week.
For certified permanent-makeup artist Linda Merrell, beautifying faces is merely part of the day-to-day routine. Linda practices her craft at Elegant Skin Care, where she first consults with her clients before adding fine lines and delicate shades to their eyebrows, eyelids, lips, beauty marks, and areolae for women who have had mastectomies. She customizes her pigments to complement individual skin tones?an important step that her clients are grateful for, considering that each permanent-makeup application lasts up to five years. Linda?s services aren?t limited to the realm of cosmetics. Her licensed aestheticians also improve skin tone with microdermabrasion treatments, combat signs of aging with nonsurgical facelifts, and massage therapists relax muscles Japanese restoration therapy.
Pure Elegance Body Sculpting Day Spa uses gentle, pain-free procedures to tighten skin marked by cellulite and minor scarring. Microcurrent therapies send tiny amounts of electricity into the face or body to tighten skin and muscles, resulting in smoother surfaces and reduced visibility of age lines or sagging waistlines. For skin afflictions such as stretch marks or uneven pigmentation, the technicians use LED light to swiftly erase etchings as though they were grocery lists penciled on imaginary parchment. Because Pure Elegance specializes in noninvasive procedures, most trips to the spa conclude in less than an hour with no requisite downtime.
A tiger stares hungrily at a Changing Colors Salon customer. The cat can’t eat them, though—its face resides in the artwork of an airbrush manicure. Since 1988, the nail salon has brightened extremities with handiwork ranging from traditional manicures and pedicures, powered by OPI polish, to funkier looks such as glitter french tips, acrylic nails, and zebra-print designs. Beyond nail art, the salon tends to skin, with waxing, microdermabrasion, and rejuvenating treatments that combat aging more effectively than engineering the salon clocks to run backwards.
The steady hands of Far Hills Acupuncture's Fritz Froehlich have treated thousands of patients with traditional acupuncture techniques combined with a modern understanding of the body. Froehlich brought his studies to China and South Korea, where he acquired an expertise in Korean acupuncture. Under Korea's masters of acupuncture, he learned a technique that eschews needles for golden and silver pellets. At his clinic, Froehlich helps treat such ailments as chronic headaches, sports injury, and neck injury from attempting to lick pudding off of your elbow.
Sarah Wartell, a trained practitioner in thai-yoga bodywork, yoga, and Japanese reiki therapy, helms a studio in which she calls on all three holistic modalities to achieve optimal physical and mental healing. During yoga classes for all abilities, the studio fills with the sounds of controlled breathing, stretch-induced groans, and high-pitched yelps of contentment from downward-facing dogs. Agency shifts to the therapist during thai-yoga bodywork sessions that achieve heightened states of relaxation with a blend of focused compression and assisted poses. To practice their similarly holistic art, reiki therapists draw on ancient Japanese techniques designed to shuffle life-force energies around the body. Sarah’s mission to relax bodies and minds simultaneously is reflected in her studio’s décor, which features artwork depicting peace signs and leafy trees.