At Dosha Aroma, certified health therapist and wellness coach Delvenia Fairbanks unleashes the healing powers of aromatherapy oils. Fairbanks's services couple essential oils with complementary therapies, such as pressure point treatments for the foot and scalp, stress-relief rubdowns for hands, and stimulation of lymph nodes. Dosha Aroma also teaches wellness classes in reiki, wellness meditation, and other practices, and sells 15-mililiter aromatherapy blends for clients to take home.
It's quiet in Aqua the Day Spa. No cell phones or pagers are allowed to remain active in either of the two locations, so all you hear is your pulse slowing to a steady, soothing beat and the tiny noises made as expert hands open bottles of designer beauty products. Open since 1998, owners Susan and Ralph Barnette struck the right, Enya-like chord in 2003, when they first earned the title of Best Day Spa in the Jackson Free Press's annual "Best Of" roundup. The team of aestheticians and massage therapists have swept that title every year since, deflating the competition in proportion to lifting spirits. Paraben-free Skin Authority and scented Tokyomilk tonics nourish skin with vitamin-rich Moroccan clay and soothing mango, or exfoliate dead cells with bamboo salves scented with ylang-ylang. The staff's nimble hands blend these into custom treatments, including those to combat aging and the strange shadows creeping over men's skin, and work aromatherapeutic elixirs into muscles with nine different massage modalities. OPI and Shellac nail polish transform hands and feet into fashion accessories, a project helped along by smoothing wax.
At Gifted Hands Massage Therapy, licensed physical trainers guide clients toward their fitness goals by advising them on exercise and nutrition. They often recommend massage sessions with in-house therapists. These therapists are trained in several modalities, including sports massage, which complements training sessions by alleviating the pain from athletic exercise and even minor injuries such as shoulder strain from tossing bags of flour off the roof. Other reparative treatments include body wraps and skin exfoliations.
A wildly successful alternative to traditional day spas—its more than 300 locations blanket 36 states and half a dozen countries—Planet Beach Contempo Spa is a futuristic relaxation station where state-of-the-art machines administer all the spa and tanning services. These friendly automatons sometimes replace familiar treatments, as in the Luminous facial, a light-based service that delivers blemish-busting results similar to those of a conventional facial. But other equipment maps out new spa territory entirely: the Hydro-Derma Fusion chamber moisturizes the whole body with nutrient-rich steam in order to offset the effects of a dry climate or a rear-end collision with a salt truck. Other machines whiten teeth, spray tan skin, and massage muscles. Planet Beach operates on a gym-style membership system, meaning that members purchase packages or pay flat monthly rates. As members spend more time at the spa, they get to know the helpful assistants who are always on hand to demonstrate how to use the equipment without activating its ability to cry.
The massage therapists at Blue Skyz Still Waters, LLC lull clients into tranquility with relaxing, revitalizing massage treatments. The staffers are trained in modalities such as Swedish, deep-tissue, and reflexology massage and use their skills to relieve stress or to combat more persistent muscle pain. The facility accommodates spa days for women having a night out, clients celebrating a birthday, or lumps of dough that require kneading.
Licensed massage therapist David Morgan uses his highly trained hands to relieve clients of muscle tension and stress. Morgan administers his soothing kneads, strokes, and high-fives inside The Powder Room's private treatment rooms, which feature walls bedecked with framed mirrors and calming candles.
Skin and Body Center helps skin shine with facial peels and laser hair removal. Designed to brighten visages with little or no downtime, the Obagi Blue Radiance peel helps firm faces and reduce the effects of sun damage or mild acne. The minutes-long procedure gently exfoliates the entire face, leaving skin refreshed and ripe for summery tattoos. Alternatively, a series of three laser hair-removal treatments readies sunbathers for blissfully satiny recreation. Using a laser treatment station with a built-in cooling system, certified technicians delicately depopulate the upper lip (a $330 value), chin (a $330 value), or both underarms (a $600 value) of unwanted hair, letting clients strut with the smooth confidence of an Egyptian cat. For longer-lasting silkiness, customers may combine two Groupons in order to receive a series of six treatments.