Get your hair ready for fish-teasing season with a haircut and style ($35+ for women) from one of Salon Urbanity's innovative stylists, or artificially infuse a sun-kissed look into your 'do with full foil highlights ($70+). You can also freshen up for an upcoming passport photo with a microdermabrasion treatment ($120+). Salon Urbanity's skilled technician will peel away the years by exfoliating the top microlayer of facial skin to earn double profiles from airport security. An indulgent french manicure ($22+) may spiff up sorry fingernails. Or, if your new career in plantain farming has made your muscles tense and tightened, opt for a relaxating relaxation massage ($35+) and feel troubles melt away like a dropped ice-cream cone in the Sahara.
Recognized in CityBeat’s Best of Cincinnati feature two years in a row, Inner Peace coddles clients with muscle-melting massages. Unwind under light to medium pressure during a full-body Swedish massage, which uses techniques such as effleurage, petrissage, kneading, and friction to pressure stress into jumping out of the body and joining the circus. With the custom-tailored massage, gentle-handed therapists center medium to heavy pressure on specific maltreated muscles and sore joints. Individually designed stroke sequences relieve shoulders tight from prolonged computer use and lower backs stiff from couch juggling. The chakra-healing massage relieves physical and emotional strains with a combination of energy healing, deep-tissue work, and acupressure. By opening the chakras for personal transformation and healing, clients can unburden pain trapped within body tissues and lurking beneath toenails.
Since the beginning of time, massage's many benefits have been no secret. Phil at New Beginnings Massage aspires to blend ancient and contemporary techniques to tend to each client's unique needs—whether he is relieving clients' stress or aches caused by fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis, or thinking about math. Phil's methods—from deep-tissue massage's targeted tissue manipulation to trigger-point therapy's unlacing of knotty nerve centers—are as varied as the illnesses he treats.
GG Massage Studio's friendly massage therapist will strategically arrange gently heated, smooth-basalt lava stones on key energy points of your body to deliver a comfortable warmth that drains away tension and brings your muscles to the optimal stress-exorcism temperature. At the same time, skilled hands work warmed oils deeply into your skin, which causes the lymphatic system to flow at an increased rate, which causes your immune system to strengthen and your circulatory system to refresh, which causes your smiling muscles to flex, which causes your dreamboat movie star to fall in love with you, which causes your life to become a paparazzi gold mine, which seems incredibly unlikely yet, at the same time, highly plausible.
When owner Giovanni Finocchiaro picked up the phone at Face It Spa, he heard one of his clients sobbing. She had been preparing for a presentation at work, and in the process, her skin had broken out so badly that Finocchiaro recalls her lamenting, "I just can't do it. I have to see you." Finocchiaro, who once dreamed of being a counselor, told her to come in immediately. "When you help people look better on the outside, it really does make them feel better inward, too," he says. When his distraught client arrived, he tailored a peel for her sensitive skin that helped kill bacteria and calm inflammation. Within a few days, he says, "she couldn't believe … how [her complexion] was already turning around."
Inside his recently remodeled boutique, Finocchiaro caters to each of his clients in the same way. He offers them complimentary water or tea before leading them across dark hardwood floors to a candlelit treatment room. After cleansing their face, he uses a lighted magnifier to analyze their skin type, then employs PCA products and a wide arsenal of customizable facial treatments to help them reach specific beauty goals or the center of the Earth.
Sunlight pours onto the hardwood floors and exposed brick walls of BeneFit Studio, creating a serene backdrop for a diverse range of wellness services. Cardio and strength-training equipment speckle the studio, challenging trainees as they work their way through personal-training, boot-camp, and yoga sessions. Just beyond the training rooms, soft white curtains shroud the salon and Aveda spa, where guests perch upon cushy chairs as aestheticians dole out cuts, colors, and manicures, as well as facials and professional BEAM spray tans. Massage therapists also revitalize clients with Swedish and sports massages. And for ongoing wellness, a staff nutritionist crafts custom meal plans based on the goals and shadow heights of individual clients.