Under the direction of board-certified spa owner and nurse practitioner Gerald F. Dornhecker, the certified laser technicians at Skin Essentials work to smooth skin and eliminate unwanted hair. The technicians also employ Elos Plus advanced laser systems to treat redness, age spots, fine lines, wrinkles, and acne. Their microdermabrasion and chemical-peel facials firm and clarify visages by lifting away dead skin cells and allowing lower layers to absorb nourishment and all compliments. During massage sessions, therapists utilize Swedish, deep-tissue, and hot-stone massage to help alleviate tension.
Every element of Tranquility at Doral contributes to its status as a great place to relax. The 2,000-square-foot facility looks every bit the part of a harmonious sanctuary: it’s filled with feng shui–inspired decor, elegant plants, and Buddha statues, and even includes a lotus garden and a patio for special events. Flickering candles illuminate the center's 10 treatment rooms, where aestheticians brighten and firm dry, oily, and aging skin with a handful of facial treatments and body wraps infused with chocolate, sea algae, and black pearl. The spa also offers advanced ultrasound therapy and electrical stimulation for the skin, as well as tanning sessions in a standup SunDash 252 Radius booth. To relax before or after their treatments, clients can sip a glass of house wine as a technician sings a really slow version of "Bohemian Rhapsody."
Aching athletes, overstressed moms, and exhausted office workers. The massage therapists at Healing Hands Massage Therapy have seen them all, and offer fives types of full-body massage to help them relax. For those with limited time due to work or work-related movie marathons, Healing Hands offers chair massages that are shorter than traditional treatments.
Spa Shanti uses organic, wild-crafted, and fair-trade products to pamper and coddle hands and feet within a comforting, tranquil environment. The friendly nail technicians begin the treatment by relaxing your hands and feet with an herbal-tea soak, a blissful, organic exfoliating scrub, and a luxurious lotioning, which makes hands and feet as soft as wet cotton candy. After the soothery, the ‘curists will buff out imperfections, unsnaggle cuticles, and paint finger and toe helmets in the shade of your choice. After a manicure and pedicure at Spa Shanti, your feelers and walkers will proclaim your put-togetherness to the crowds of potentially amorous others and jealous, rough-fingered tree branches. Call to schedule your appointment.
The salon's mint-green walls are lined with cozy beige leather pedicure chairs and recessed alcoves of fresh-picked daisies. Amid these warm accents, skilled technicians rehab nail shields with symmetric shaping and vibrant polishes in a multitude of colors. Guests can also request sumptuous add-ons such as reflexology with lavender oil or therapeutic hot stones.
After spending 13 years closing business deals as a sales representative, Mari Brown decided to trade in handshakes and contracts for therapeutic strokes and aromatherapy oils. Mari’s new clients are thankful for her change of heart. The nationally certified massage therapist now spends her days tending to their aches and pains with relaxing bodywork treatments that employ custom-blended organic oils.
Inside the studio’s private treatment room, the sounds of Asian music join with the flicker of warm candlelight to foster an atmosphere that calms the senses. Mari’s various massage techniques do their part, as well, working to alleviate the stresses of workdays spent crouched over computers or hiding from bosses in cramped supply closets.
Cocooned in a rich color scheme of maroon and gold, Ch’i Spa surrounds guests in Asian-inspired décor and intricate wall art. Privacy screens painted with cherry blossoms enshroud treatment beds, creating a peaceful vibe and camouflaging clients from near-sighted tigers. The staff applies all-natural, organic products to faces and bodies during facials, massages, makeup applications, and waxing services. Wann Samantha Bankowski, one of the spa's highly trained professionals, earned a spot on Paul Mitchell The School’s prestigious Dean’s List in March of 2010.
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