Featured at two star-studded award ceremonies in 2011, Balensi's Institute Skin Care & Spa makes everyday clients feel like VIPs with luxurious spa services. Guest pass by a water fountain and tropical plants as they enter a cozy, renovated bungalow that dates back to 1910, the same year that the Great Sphinx had her first microdermabrasion. Medical aesthetician Lorena Balensi performs most treatments?from facials to enzyme peels?with pharmaceutical-grade products. For more than 10 years, certified medical assistant Jean-Michel Balensi has applied principles of color theory, facial geometry, design/application, skin health and wound healing, anatomy and physiology to all aspects of his craft, servicing more than 3,000 clients. Applied one by one, his ocular artistry of eyelash extensions give eyelids the volume and length to attract compliments or entire butterfly colonies. Massage therapies include relaxing and healing modalities such as Swedish, deep tissue, stone, pre-natel, and sports massage. Garden fountains perform a liquid symphony for patrons who relax at a shaded outdoor patio.
The staff at The New Look Salon & Day Spa administers a bevy of spa services that use high-end G.M. Collin products, propagating the belief that everyone should set aside time for pampering. To that end, the staff offers Swedish massages, body wraps, [haircuts] http://gr.pn/IKK5uJ), and chemical peels, among other services. Customers looking to feel their best can opt for a nutrition and weight-management program that encourages making healthful choices and discourages eating deep-fried watermelons. The spa also sustains a high level of relaxation with a neutral-toned decor that soothes the eyes and spirit.
Before opening Votre Beaut? in 1987, Jo?lle Ottow refined her aesthetic techniques at upscale spas in Nice, Geneva, and Amsterdam. Her wealth of experience finds a worthy reflection in Votre Beaut?'s service menu, which encompasses a wide variety of natural and high-tech treatment methods. There's a traditional European facial, of course, but there are also relaxing aromatherapy facials and LED treatments designed to soften the appearance of fine lines. An oxygen facial nourishes skin with a blend of 87 vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and amino acids, and a therapeutic acne facial uses a Tesla high-frequency machine and a deep-cleansing mask to unclog pores.
Votre Beaut?'s aesthetic treatments aren't limited to the face. Clients can also opt for an aromatherapy body peel or a detoxifying wrap made with seaweed from the coast of France, where it's still legal for seaweed to sunbathe in its natural state. Massages are an ideal precursor to any body treatment, and the spa's therapists can treat muscles with techniques that employ hot stones or deep-tissue strokes.
Spa owner Anke Stoner hand selects each of the therapists and aestheticians at ASerenity Skin | Body based on experience and expertise in their field. She herself has more than 20 years of industry experience—the California board-certified aesthetician originally trained in Germany, where she focused on microdermabrasion, galvanic techniques, chemical peels, and manual lymph drainage.
Now at ASerenity, she and her staff have high, results-oriented expectations for each skin and bodycare treatment they perform using professional products from Image Skincare, Christina Cosmeceuticals, and Clarisonic. The spa was ahead of the curve more than a decade ago when they began to perform microdermabrasion and chemical peels, each of which employ varying degrees of exfoliation to help diminish facial discoloration, fine lines, and compulsive winking.
LifeTab's masterful massage therapists draw from backgrounds as holistic healers, therapists, and yogis to inform their current practice of healing the body through touch. They use techniques that include hot-stone, sports, and pregnancy massage. Smooth, heated stones settle onto muscles and nerve clusters during hot-stone therapy, melting away stress frozen into the body during that ill-considered stint spent pledging the Polar Bear Club. The therapists' strong hands sweep across skin during purely pampering Swedish massage sessions, and those same hands can unstiffen joints and musculature during sports-style massages. Expectant mothers can safely put their precious health in the hands of the therapists, who can deploy inner-body adjustments to comfort parent and child during the tiniest sort of couples massage.
Inside of April's Massage Sanctuary, holistic health practitioner April showers her clients with her healing touch through various massages and facial treatments. In her decade-plus of experience, April has developed a technique that is wholly her own—much like Picasso and his style of painting or a singer who sings through his ears. During her massages, she uses a strong touch that is simultaneously nurturing and therapeutic. Her eclectic modality toolkit often includes a mix of deep tissue, Chinese acupressure, and circulatory massage techniques. For those that want their skin to look as fresh as they feel after a massage, April also offers 30- and 60-minute rejuvenating facials that make use of housemade products infused with natural ingredients and organic oils.