Before gently kneading tense musculature, Natural Touch Massage’s licensed massage therapist, Stuart Blystone, consults with relaxers in a warm, private room to determine any health problems and areas that need extra coddling. Stuart’s soothing hands then get to work, stretching and loosening taught tendon knots and chipping away at excess tightness with varying amounts of pressure. As oiled muscles turn to butter, patrons may begin to experience benefits such as increased circulation, greater flexibility, and relief from backaches and pains. Guests can drift off to the sounds of soft music playing in the cozy room and enter new heights of relaxation as stress related to work, school, and repeated attempts to become the World’s Least Stressed Human quickly evaporate.
Capricio Salon & Spa offers beauty opportunities for nearly every body part, all of which feature high-quality products such as Redken, Bodyography, and Dermalogica. The 45-minute express face treatment ($41+) deep-cleans, smoothly exfoliates, and hyper-hydrates skin in seven minutes less than 52 minutes, and airbrush tanning ($30) imparts pretty, beach-like pigments quickly. For an extended pelt pampering, the 75-minute environmental control treatment ($59+) soothes and smoothes red, itchy, and burr-ridden skin. Follicle services range from basic haircuts ($24+ for women, 18+ for men) to Japanese keratin straightening treatments ($100/hour). If you'd rather weed strands from your follicle garden, consider waxing and threading services.
Natural Beauty Group's jack of all trades, Kim, never stops learning. She started as a stylist and performed makeup applications and facial waxing before receiving advanced training in facials, keratin treatments, nailcare, full-body waxing, and airbrush tanning and becoming a certified aesthetician and nail technician. Now, Kim has honed her craft and reached an impressive level of professionalism and skill, whether she's infusing hair with rich color or delicately shaping eyebrows. However, she still stays on top of trends and frequently takes continuing-education courses.
Light ricochets off the Milwaukee River, sending twinkling photons into Invivo Wellness, a gym and wellness center. On the roof, groups of students drink in the fresh air during seasonal yoga classes, their faces warmed by the sun and hair teased by the cool breezes that jump off the river below. Inside the bustling studio, certified instructors—with backgrounds as diverse as dancing and business—lead students through intense fitness classes. They also coach guests during one-on-one personal-training sessions within the sunny space. Whirring cardio machines comprise just one section of the space's equipment selection upon which clients might train.
Adjacent to the fitness center is Invivo's spa, a quiet and relaxed haven to counter the bustle of its next-door sibling. Populated by certified staff, the spa pampers guests with various massages to complement yoga.
Be U Barber Shop’s team of enthusiastic, talented stylists transforms the unruliest of hairdos into well-behaved coiffures, wielding top-shelf products including Paul Mitchell, Redken, and American Crew. A two-pack of haircuts helps customers keep their heads well groomed for any occasion, from a relaxing jog in the park to a ceremonial head butting. Whether gents walk in on a whim for a quick clipping or touch-up or reserve a full hairdo renovation in advance, the barbers' tender-loving snips ensure that fellows depart with fashionably sheared follicles.
Great Clips harnesses the vast resources of a national salon chain to provide personalized, professional styling services to follicle frolickers. Highly trained hair tamers tame wild wigs and also serve as style guides through the often-intimidating tonsorial jungle, answering clients' questions about hair trends and maintenance. The stylish snipping ($13) gets started after a warm shampoo and rinse ($5) cleans scalps and washes away the melodies of musical comedies stuck in hair. Walk-ins are welcome.