Inside a tiled sanctuary, puffs of perfumed steam swim through the air, hovering just above the surface of a Japanese soaking tub. This is no ordinary bathtub. It’s the site of Fusion LifeSpa’s curative bath, a treatment that helps clients unwind in tinctures of hot mustard, spicy ginger, or lavender. Inspired by holistic Asian medicine and therapeutic European techniques, services such as curative baths embody Fusion LifeSpa’s eclectic influences.
In the front waiting area, staff members welcome clients with warm cups of organic green tea, a fitting complement to the spa’s feng shui decor. Inside the treatment rooms, European spa treatments—such as massages and facials—contrast Asian-inspired services, including the jasmine facial mask, which makes use of the spa's proprietary skincare line. Other services, such as a footbath inspired by a Moroccan hammam, cleanse the body with natural assistance from organic coffee, tangerines, and figs. And for holistic care, the spa’s acupuncture services can realign energy lines faster than an electrician trained in heart surgery.
At Metropolis Salon and Spa, the beauty experts tap into their extensive training to beautify guests with hair, makeup, and nail services. Owner Mark Melter, 1 of only 10 board-certified master colorists in Minnesota, has spent 27 years of his life doing nothing to hair apart from coloring it—not cutting it, not putting it in an updo, and not even sculpting it into the shape of famous statues. This specialization ensures that he can create the perfect shade for full colors or highlights.
Most of the stylists who work alongside Mark also have extensive industry experience; they have worked as TV hair stylists and abroad, and many have worked with hair for more than 20 years. At the salon, they create stylish cuts, blow out locks, and craft updos for special occasions.
The salon’s resident makeup artist, Marni Force, can also make clients pretty for special events using Julie Martin makeup or can teach clients how to apply their own makeup with the 10 Steps to Your Beautiful Face program.
When clients enter Excelsior Nails & Day Spa on the bay, they meander past white manicure tables and climb upon modernly upholstered pedicure banquettes. In the full service spa and salon, a committed staff perform services such as skin treatments, waxing services, massages, nails, and body treatments. Skin treatments such as peels and microderms make use of Dermalogica products, which help improve fine lines and removes wrinkles. Massage therapists ply tense muscles with techniques drawn from Swedish, deep-tissue, and reflexology traditions.
Seasoned nail technicians place clients’ feet in an alabaster basin wrapped in stone, letting skin soften in the warm water before glazing feet with naturally derived elixirs such as a sugar scrub or marine mask. Extra touches augment most of the salon’s nail treatments: A hot-towel wrap cloaks hands during a spa manicure, and a hot-stone massage soothes achy arches during a signature deluxe pedicure. Nail techs can also perform long-lasting manicures powered by gel polishes or liquid gel artificial nails. The selection of nail treatments is not just for women—Excelsior’s staff regularly grooms the hands and feet of men and children.
Though each of Sanctuary Salonspa's four locations offers more than 100 services, clients should not feel overwhelmed. That's because the salon's stylists and aestheticians help clients to determine which treatments they need most. The staffers may recommend an Aveda hair treatment to restore balance to frizzy hair and dry scalps with essential oils. Or they might point to one of Sanctuary's eight facials, each of which are customized to the client's skin type to ensure the complexion shines brighter than a glowworm walking away from an explosion in slow motion. Clients can also enjoy eight types of massage, applications of a gel polish that resists chipping for up to 10 days, and a detoxifying body treatment that consists of a seaweed mask and a steam treatment.
Massera's skilled massage therapists rely on open communication to forge fully custom bodywork. In a private room bathed in soft light, nimble hands blend deep-tissue techniques with long, flowing Swedish strokes to improve range of motion in struggling limbs and range of emotion in featureless potato heads. Specialized sessions may incorporate sports-massage maneuvers to help prevent injury, improve athletic performance, and revive muscles after vigorous workouts. Massera's tailored knead-a-thons can also pummel deeply embedded knots with trigger-point therapy, which focuses the therapist's determined digits on specific pressure points.
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.