Lava Massage Studio owner Laura Pacanin helms a team of licensed massage therapists, all of whom share her belief in massage’s unique ability to relieve stress and stimulate the body's natural healing processes. At sessions held in your home or in one of the studio’s private rooms, the therapists draw on their knowledge of Eastern and Western healing modalities to dissipate buildups of tension. Their signature Thai massages incorporate elements of yoga and acupuncture to balance the body’s out-of-whack energies; hot-stone massages take it a step further, combining Thai strokes with the soothing warmth of heated basalt stones. Among the modalities more commonly seen in a Western spa, sports massages help the body recover from injuries incurred while slam-dunking or arm-wrestling with the opposing team’s mascot.
Laura and her crew supplement their bodywork treatments with add-ons such as exfoliating foot scrubs and migraine therapy. After your appointment, visit the studio’s shop to stock up on unconventional beauty products such as goat's-milk soap and housemade sugar scrubs.
The owners of Lava Tanning & Massage stock their storefront with premium UV beds, as well as offer UV-free spray tanning procedures, earning their Salem location a spot on Looking Fit magazine's list of the Top 250 tanning salons in 2009. During visits, staffers help guests fight cellulite with a botanically based body wrap, combat stress with a massage, or work to diminish wrinkles and ill-mannered comparisons to shar-peis with a red-light therapy session.
At Bella Mia West Salon & Spa, the staff executes salon services and soothing spa treatments during daily appointments. Stylists trim locks and comb highlights into hair, while technicians trim and contour nails, and aestheticians beautify skin with soothing facials. Additionally, Bella Mia's skincare experts fight the signs of aging by smoothing Image Skincare Vital C around client's eyes cheeks, and neck. They also swaddle physiques in body wraps crafted from fresh seaweed and peppermint oil to detoxify and firm skin, while licensed massage therapists battle stress with relaxing massages. For regular pampering, clients can also take advantage of discounted massage and facial memberships.
Solia Spa's microcurrent package engages clients for 60 minutes with a trio of youth-resuscitating, noninvasive therapies performed by a skilled aesthetician. After a thorough cleansing and exfoliation, treatments begin sending painless microcurrent impulses through the facial surface to tighten and firm aging skin. Simultaneously, waves of ultra-sonic energy vibrate through vessels, increasing oxygen circulation by shaking out tollbooths clogging blood-cell traffic. The LED-light therapy bathes cells with infrared rays up to three times brighter than the sun to encourage collagen production in a process similar to photosynthesis, except without the risk of becoming a Swamp Thing. The regenerative beams can also help wipe away acne-causing bacteria and uneven texture. Clients seeking to shower underappreciated fingers in equal amounts of coddling may choose today's second option to enhance their session with a chip-resistant Shellac manicure.
The stylists at Holly's keep abreast of the latest trends, creating two-tone ombre looks with hair products by Scruples and razoring a-line bobs. But while they can transform clients with these avant garde looks, the professionals still practice traditional coiffure, snipping and highlighting classic layers. Guests revamping their manes can also get a new look for their nails by treating their hands to a chip-resistant shellac manicure and their feet to organic pedicures. Facial and bikini line waxes, lash extensions, and professional makeup add the finishing touch to appearances.
Sensitive nostrils are safe at the fume-free Dolce Organic Salon, where no ammonia, plastics, sulfates, or parabens are allowed. Instead, stylists use cruelty-free Organic Color Systems hues and other organic products to color and style the hair they cut. Other types of treatments are just as gentle: instead of wax or a lawnmower, aestheticians remove hair with an antibacterial, antimicrobial potion. Extensions lengthen hair and lashes alike, and makeup artists play up clients’ favorite features.
Dolce’s serene space harmonizes with the salon’s philosophy that earthiness doesn’t mean forgoing stylishness. Ribbons of mosaic cut a curving path through the stone tiles on the floor, and large-scale paintings of luscious fruit overlook furniture in rich leather and wood tones.