Tucked alongside the downtown Milwaukee River, across the street from the Pabst Theatre and City Hall, stands an oasis dedicated to tranquility and healing. PRANA Wellness on Wells is best known for its Thai massages?a staple from the studio's days as Samana Wellness?but the space holds a whole suite of holistic services with an Eastern flair. Guests can center themselves during gong baths, meditations, and yoga classes, fine-tuning the mind, body, and spirit. Among an array of related services, the facility also offers ayurvedic consultation, feng shui for home or office, and Reiki, led by owners Nick Sweet and Nick Guffey.
Followers of ayurvedic and yogic philosophies believe that the human body is governed by pranas, or energy centers. The term samana, which founder Beth Hope used to name her practice, is the specific prana that equalizes and balances physical systems. Beth draws from her personal history to fashion services that help restore physical and spiritual equilibrium. Beth's journey to becoming a yoga instructor began at age 17, when she first studied Indian culture and philosophy. She studied Ashtanga yoga with its founder, Sri Krishna Pattabhi Jois, and developed her own style that incorporates breathing exercises, mantras, and sacred songs to facilitate transformation for clients and stressed caterpillars.
Beth creates a space where people can feel comfortable receiving alternative therapies and medicines. Along with a team of trained massage therapists she runs yoga, kirtan, reiki, and Thai massage sessions to empower people to lead more healthy and balanced lives.
Combining a background in elementary education and more than 30 years of experience in massage, Profoundly Peaceful Massage's licensed therapist, Mary Beth Rezek, balances minds and bodies with customized massage treatments amid a stress-free environment. Minds are unwound with an one-hour Swedish massage as long, flowing strokes are sent gliding across the body, helping to improve circulation and kneading out aches. Bestowed from the deft hands of Kahuna Auntie Maile Napoleon, Rezek deftly enacts an ancient Hawaiian lomi lomi massage by commencing with a healing chant. Blending vibration, elbow, and deep-pressure work, the massage style aims to relax muscles during the one-hour session while releasing stress faster than a cheetah drives a getaway car. The session concludes with a hot-stone application and a tapping of bamboo sticks lightly across the skin.
Partake in the radiant, revitalizing services offered on Urban Trends' service menu. If you have an unwanted color of hair on your head, Urban Trends will dye it ($55+ for single-process color at the Milwaukee location, $39+ at the Sturtevant location) or cut it off altogether ($40+ for a cut and style in Milwaukee, $26+ in Sturtevant). Waxing services are available for bodybits ranging from lips ($13) to eyebrows ($17 Milwaukee, $16 Sturtevant) to bikini lines ($33+). Get nails narrowed down with a manicure ($20+ Milwaukee, $18+ Sturtevant) or a pedicure ($50+ Milwaukee, $38+ Sturtevant), or give your Halloween-mask-filler a makeover with the express mini-facial ($45+ Milwaukee, $40+ Sturtevant).
Karma: A Relaxation Spa believes in the restorative power of relaxation, administered by a skilled staff of therapists and care-bringers. Toxic-toed clients may wish to opt for a Minx pedicure, which begins with a thorough filing, trimming, and shaping of toenails and cuticles before feet are exfoliated to remove dirt and candy wrappers clogging pores. Individual Minx nails are then applied to each finger in your choice of fashionable colors and patterns, with a massage of the feet and legs rubbing stress from the rainbow-bright bike peddlers.
Growing up, Lindsay Kamphuis would grab perm rods and supplies for her hairstylist mother while watching her process up close. At Lindsay Styles—inside B'Lovely salon—Kamphuis brings her childhood dream of following in her mother's footsteps to life. Her extensive services include haircuts and color, styling and updos, keratin smoothing treatments, and gel-polish manicures.