Balanced Body Massage & Pilates's team of licensed massage therapists appease achy muscles with multiple-modality rubdowns as gentle music rolls through the studio's warm, private rooms. During the 60-minute full-body massage session, nimble fingers trace miniature road maps on backs, arms, legs, feet, hands, heads, necks, and shoulders. Deep-tissue pressure and soothing relaxation strokes welcome tranquility into tissue and may help improve posture, lessen muscle aches, and boost mental acuity. Heated stones infuse muscles with calming warmth to restore health and banish stress from corporeal empires. Afterwards, a shea-butter foot rub taunts tension out of pavement pounders while slathering them with hydrating serum, leaving them softer than a baby cloud fresh out of the dryer.
At Antonio Melani Salon & Spa, there’s more to a haircut than trimming off split ends. Before each treatment, stylists fire off questions to garner information about their clients' visions for their hair, their lifestyles, and their daily routines. They then analyze their face shapes, hair types, and skin tones so they can design a look that accents their features, in addition to their personalities. And after all that, they still don’t start cutting until they treat scalps to a sudsy shampoo and purge stress from the shoulders and neck with a soothing massage. From there, their creativity and hair-cutting talent shines, as they take into account everything gathered from the consultation to create a chic, yet practical style. After ribboning locks with foil highlights or glosses, they style strands with Aveda products and teach clients how to re-create the looks at home or in a telephone booth during a superhero mission.
Though hair is clearly the bread and butter of Antonio Melani, the beauty team also caters to the skin and body with several treatments, including a gentleman’s facial featuring licorice root and hot-stone massages. The aestheticians also smooth skin with sugaring—a gentler and tastier alternative to traditional wax.
The holiday head-to-toe treatment soothes and revivifies the weary with a 75-minute parade of indulgences, using Dermalogica skincare products. You get your choice of a one-hour body massage tailored to tender torsos or tough ones, or a thorough, nuanced facial featuring zone-by-zone skin analysis. Massage therapists follow either option with a suite of sumptuous treatments, including an aromatherapy scalp massage and relaxing hydrotherapy on the coddled client's face, neck, and feet. Foot reflexology triggers an array of body-wide responses, including transformation into a duck, and a sugar and salt scrub on feet and lower legs leaves skin smooth. Those choosing the facial will finish their session with LED light therapy, used to influence new tissue growth and reduce fine lines and wrinkles. The rich, spicy aroma of complimentary chai tea accompanies visitors throughout their journey into sartorial luxury, and bottled water and Epsom salts accompany them on their way out. Walk-ins are welcome at a new beginning.
Christy Schreck, the aesthetician behind Lash Above the Rest, boosts natural beauty with silk eyelash extensions tailored to each client's preferences. She can subtly add length and volume for a natural look or create a lush, glamorous look with double-stacked or colored extensions. She also performs skincare treatments and sugaring sessions that gently remove unwanted hair.
Spanning more than 150 locations and six states, LA Tan's beautifying services polish pallid epidermises into shining, bronzed statues, and brighten smiles with whitening treatments. A Level 1, 2, or 3 booth tan glows warmly with UVB rays, stimulating the body's production of vitamin D and burnishing epidermises to a brilliant sheen. UV-free spray tans, such as Mystic Tan or VersaSpa sessions, quickly glaze outer skin shells into glistening hues without exposing hides to the sun's harmful rays or pitiful knock-knock jokes.
"Shanngri La" is a play on owner Shannon Harper's name and the term Shangri-la, which means "a place of complete bliss and delight." Within Shanngri La's relaxing confines or at a location of the customer's choice, Shannon performs Swedish and deep-tissue bodywork paired with tranquil music, aromatherapy, and skin-nourishing oils. Shannon also has ample experience remedying more substantial problems, such as locked-up joints or that James Taylor riff that's stuck in your head.