Author and Juut SalonSpa owner David Wagner channels a childhood spent watching nature’s beauty into his Aveda salon’s eight locations. The studio stylists and other staff members, many of whom benefit from the company’s extensive training program, perform services beneath shelves laden with Aveda products. The botanically sourced elixirs repair and sculpt hair naturally without subjecting it to other products’ unpleasant chemicals or a robot hairdresser’s endless questions about love.
Massage therapist Craig Genereux has a diploma in relaxation: he received his training at CenterPoint Massage and Shiatsu Therapy School and Clinic. Now, he wields trained hands at a number of Minneapolis-based clinics, including Hermen Health. Shiatsu and hot-stone massages are among his services, as well as soothing hammam and japanese foot treatments.
The staff of St. Anthony Main Massage & Health Works believes in the body’s ability to heal itself, and in massage as a catalyst to spur that process. Therapists gently manipulate tendons and connective tissue, employing different massage styles for each area of the body. Lymphatic massage helps boost the immune system, Swedish massage improves circulation, and sports massage bolsters the body’s ability to hammer-toss. Therapists also traffic in reflexology, neuro-muscular therapy, and one-hour sessions to ease the symptoms of fibromyalgia.
Relaxation permeates each treatment at Lontis Day Spa & Salon, be it the stress-relieving scalp massage that comes before a haircut or the indulgent kneading that accompanies all pedicures and facials. Even the signature massage gets a tranquil boost with the help of heated stones, steamed towels, and a custom body scrub. But in addition to relaxing clients, these treatments aim to beautify exteriors with high-quality products from brands such as Dermologica and Moroccanoil.
Subzero nitrogen gas permeates Therapy of Champions' private, padded chamber—which reaches lows of -220 degrees Fahrenheit. Exposure to this atmosphere is part of a treatment called cryotherapy, a versatile procedure featured on NPR, Dr. Oz, and many other media outlets that can minimize pain and joint swelling, rejuvenate skin, and reduce cellulite. Administered in roughly 2.5-minute bursts, it works by briefly chilling skin to freezing, a process that poses no substantial risks, but still activates the body’s defense mechanisms. The result is heightened circulation of healthy blood and decreased circulation of inflammatory chemicals—benefits that attract professional athletes and regular civilians alike. The center also offers EMS training for clients suffering from muscle ailments such as joint problems, back issues, and inflammation in the feet.
Ivy Fitness Club's spacious facility is clean, calming, and fully equipped. High-end treadmills and elliptical machines line up in long, straight rows, fighting for cardio seekers' affection by flashing sophisticated features, such as individual TV screens and full-sized microwaves. An abundance of strength-training contraptions help people tone muscles and gain enough strength to easily lift garbage cans filled with cement. The day passes also grant access to the locker rooms, sauna, and steam room.