Gauzy curtains line the path to the cream-colored room where licensed massage therapist Chelsea Oglesby kneads skin and soothes aches. During her Signature massage, Oglesby applies organic lotions and essential oils, calibrating the depth of the massage to suit the pains that her client reports. Hot stones and steaming towels send warmth into muscles, encouraging knots to untie themselves without enlisting the help of a rugged mariner. Clients can also soothe stressed feet with the Sweet Treat, which includes a hot soak and a salt-and-sugar scrub.
East Town Spa?s aesthetic teams regularly trek around the country to hone their beautifying expertise and study with experienced Bumble and Bumble and Aveda educators. They then tote their refreshed skills back to Milwaukee, where they set to work inside a historic mansion painted in classic rose tones. The team's hair services range from simple trims for beards and mustaches all the way to smoothing treatments for 4-D strand textures. Facials improve complexions with Aveda techniques, and natural baking-soda crystals provide gentle microdermabrasion. A tangerine-tinged pedicure lounge features a cushioned chaise and footbaths, and waxing sessions leave skin surfaces smooth from head to toe.
Longtime stylist Elizabeth D'Acquisto opened Salone with her mother Penny and has since expanded it twice to accommodate a 14-person staff and shelves of Aveda products. The salon's staff draw on backgrounds in individual styling and aesthetics as they pamper the coiffures, skin, and nails of clients with Aveda products made from earth-culled botanicals. Whether trimming tresses, massaging away muscle aches, or waxing eyebrows to match favorite Flash Gordon villains, stylists produce sleek, professional results.
After an unfortunate car accident, Michael Vlahoulis suffered a debilitating spinal injury. Though he benefitted some from physical therapy, he noticed the most significant healing came from massage. As soon as his recovery was complete, he attended the Lakeside School of Massage Therapy. Today, this American Massage Therapy Association member massages muscles into relaxed states. Michael received training in craniosacral therapy and skillfully blends an array of modalities such as connective-tissue release and trigger-point therapy. He uses these techniques to soothe carpal-tunnel syndrome, loosen frozen shoulders, and relieve the pain resultant from hunching over a typewriter all day.
A cold-press system is the key to Juiced! Mobile Juice Bar's vitality-boosting concoctions. Owner Jason Lannoch swears by the technique because it allows him to preserve fresh fruits' and vegetables' nutrients rather than breaking them down with a high-powered centrifugal juicer. Try signature blends such as the Hangover Destroyer with apples and organic beets, carrots, and lemons, or the Lean & Clean, which combines kale with cucumbers, apples, ginger, and limes. Customers can pick up individual bottles at Lannoch's North Farwell Avenue shop or opt for multi-juice power cleanses.
The stylists at Knick Salon and Spa cultivate an urban oasis where organic and vegan products, eco-sensitive cleaning agents, and methodical recycling practices reign. Inspired by Aveda founder Horst Rechelbacher, the stylists refuse to cosset clients with anything except safe and nutritious concoctions by companies such as Phyto, Eufora, and Intelligent Nutrients. In their chandelier-lit workspace, they blend their mastery of cutting and coloring techniques with continuing education to expand their minds and give their hair more room to grow. That commitment to nature-inspired quality extends to the spa side as well, where mani-pedis powered by essential oils, paraffin-free masks, and organic sugar scrubs bring life back to tired hands and feet. In the private massage room, therapists ply muscles with soothing bodywork made all the more relaxing by infusions of jasmine and frankincense or the warm touch of hot stones. Tired muscles also meet their match in the spa's Alpha Capsule—a dry-heat sauna that promises each client heated vibration massage, aromatherapy, and a relaxing bowl of alphabet soup.