As an accident-recovery and cervical-back-pain specialist, it’s fair to say Andrea Reilly has witnessed suffering. But as a licensed massage therapist, it’s also fair to say she understands relief. Andrea has spent nine years as a licensed massage therapist, and most of her time is spent in the health-care field, working alongside doctors, chiropractors, and physical therapists. Her attentive bodywork techniques and passion for healing come to a head at Massage by Andrea, where she has carved out a relaxing space for clients to unwind and recover. She offers Swedish, hot-stone, and deep-tissue massage, as well as reflexology and area-specific treatments.
As a reward for selling the most Kérastase products while working at Gioia Salon in Texas, Alda Membrino won a trip to Italy. She didn't use it as a vacation from her career, however—nearly every moment was spent studying the hair coloring and cutting techniques of the country's masterful stylists. She flaunts this dedication to her craft at Windsor Salon and Spa, where she rejuvenates hair with Neuma organic shampoo, paraben- and DEA-free AG hair products, and hair color made with a yogurt base and natural ingredients.
For the rest of the body, Alda removes unwanted hair with either standard wax or a sugar formula composed entirely of natural ingredients and Santa's unused candy canes. The expert rounds out her service menu with spa staples such as manicures and pedicures, hot-stone massages, and facials that exfoliate with seaweed or glycolic acids.
At Defining Moments, owner J.R. Laliberte has expanded the salon services of the former Middlebury Hair Center by adding a full-service barbershop, a menu of spa services, and a team of Redken-certified stylists, nail technicians, and massage therapists that populate the shop seven days a week. Quaint white siding frames the black door that grants guests access to the salon, where hair must run a gauntlet of Redken products, scissors, razors, wax, and hot towels to be molded into chic bobs or perfectly sharpened handlebar moustaches. Defining Moments’ mani-pedis keep nails looking like they just crawled out of a fashion magazine, and aches and pains melt into nothingness during Swedish, deep-tissue, hot-stone, and prenatal massages.
Though its name might suggest otherwise, Miracle Eyebrows works its magic on more than just one body part. But when it comes to eyebrows, staffers use a 6,000 year-old method to remove stray hairs by deftly manipulating simple cotton thread across the skin. Aside from threading, the studio also offers body waxing and traditional Henna tattoos.
The licensed massage therapists and aestheticians at Sammi Gene Salon and Spa delight patrons with relaxing massages and purifying body wraps. During the 60-minute European body massage, a muscle kneader coaxes tension from backs with dedicated strokes, gentle pressure, and promises of trips to the zoo. Clients who opt for the seaweed wrap can choose between two marine-grass modalities. The re-mineralizing seaweed wrap increases skin's capacity for moisture, imbuing it with a refreshed glow and raising the ire of jealous camels, and the detoxifying seaweed wrap first hydrates skin and then siphons away the absorbed fluid, leaving bodies svelte and clean.
Solar Escape Tanning Salon helps clients escape to a tropical state, both mind and body. The solar emporium offers warm tanning beds and spray tans that grant a vacation-worthy glow, and also books real vacations through its partnership with Hemisphere Travel Group. Inside the tanning facility, guests can develop year-round tans in four levels of UV-tanning beds and Mystic Tan booths, which evenly apply a sunless tan in 60 seconds. The Smart Tan–certified salon also sells swimwear to fashion in the tropics, in the tanning bed, or under the food warmers at a favorite restaurant.