Sulis, The Spa at Melandre borrows its name from the healing waters of Bath, England, where throngs of people once flocked to bask in the rejuvenating steam of the city's natural springs. But though the focus on health and replenishment remains the same, Sulis has expanded upon the spa traditions of 1,000 years ago to treat clients to a host of modern amenities, as well as décor and healing practices borrowed not just from the ancient bathhouses, but also from around the world.
Visitors are first greeted by a stone carving of Lakshmi, the Hindu goddess of wealth and happiness, before they are ushered to lush changing rooms. There, they find stone-tiled showers that pay homage to the limestone aquifers of Bath, along with plush robes, slippers, and towels. From there, guests can head to the modern tranquility room to enjoy a cup of tea, listen to peaceful music, and inhale soothing aromatherapy, or they can skip straight to their treatment and save the unwinding for later.
Aside from pampering clients from head to toe, transformative services aim to enhance the health and beauty of hair, skin, nails, and spirits. Hair-removal services use natural ingredients such as a sugar paste, which removes hair in the direction of growth, or an antimicrobial botanical wax. Facials and body treatments cleanse and exfoliate the skin to remove dead cells, blackheads, and clothing that’s been super glued on. A foot bath and warm herb neck towel prep clients for a Swedish-style massage that uses long strokes, various depths of pressure, and essential oils to knead out knots and improve circulation. Meanwhile, airbrush-makeup application enhances features for special events and daily affirmations in front of the mirror, and clients can easily replicate the results at home using Bare Minerals makeup, which is available for purchase in the spa.
With training gained from every corner of the globe, Dr. Lawrence Petracco's team of specialists—which includes chiropractors, a physical therapist, and an acupuncture expert—take a preventative, whole-body approach to assuaging physical aches. In addition to examining spines and realigning rogue disks during basic chiropractic sessions, Dr. Petracco draws from his professorial expertise in manipulations under anesthesia, which uses advanced states of relaxation to achieve more thorough adjustment of muscles and connective tissues. The team boosts their patients' well-being from every angle, honing in on muscle pains with massage services and physical therapy while optimizing inner health by prescribing personalized exercises and diets in lifestyle and nutritional counseling sessions.
High Street Cuts separates itself by combining the barbershop and salon experience into one comfy chair. The staff––which is comprised of graduates from schools such as Paul Mitchell and Parisian Beauty––can perform complex processes such as coloring and keratin smoothing therapy, and also ace barber styling with beard trims, fades, razor shaves, and surgically lowering the ears onto the chin. After preparing for a special occasion with an updo or a makeup session, clients also peruse the shop's full line of Paul Mitchell brand products.
Using organic products that are free of parabens, trained aestheticians administer nine different types of facials with products and techniques customized for all skin types. Facial varietals include acne facials, balancing facials, and the Balneo signature facial, during which an aesthetician applies a peel, massages muscles, and slathers on two hydrating masks. For bodies, they shoo away stress and lurking pet parrots with multiple massage modalities such as aromatherapy massage, hot-stone massage, deep tissue, Swedish, and reflexology. They also combine their services into relaxing spa days, ranging in duration from 90 minutes to more than 2 hours.
Stylist Amy Bloodworth spent a decade honing her craft with Vidal Sassoon, Toni and Guy, and Bumble and bumble before she opened her very own Imana Hair Studio in 2009. She immediately convened a deft team of stylists, who mold manes with products by Prive, Moroccanoil, and Wella at minimalistic stations, each of which features a modern white chair, frameless full-length mirror, and mirrored table. In addition to sculpting 'dos with razors, scissors, and color, the stylists also beautify brides with up-dos, makeup, and tiaras made of borrowed, old, blue glitter.
Rays of sunlight peer through windows, illuminating muted, earth-toned walls as visitors are escorted to their happy places by zen meditation music and European-style spa treatments. Such scenes are the norm at Sunflower Day Spa, where aestheticians focus primarily on skincare and body-slimming treatments customized to each client's needs. The menu runs the gamut of spa services that focus on relaxation and beautification, including a European facial with a skin analysis and an array of massages such as Swedish, deep-tissue, and Japanese hot-stone. Sunflower's Italian-made EMS machines help clients fit into an old pair of favorite jeans or a dollhouse guest room by evicting the body's most stubborn fat deposits.
Natalya—a certified permanent-makeup artist and a board-certified cosmetologist—draws on 15 years of experience as she embellishes the faces that find their way into her Permanent Makeup Zone. While working in New York and Europe, she honed her micropigmentation skills, which she uses to subtly accentuate lips, eyes, and brows. Under her adept hands, lips receive soft outlines and sparse brows regain their boldness, which she creates with her soft hair-stroke technique and cauldron full of natural hues.
In addition to elective adornments, Natalya also obscures scars and beautifies clients who suffer from makeup or Crayola allergies. She also primps men by applying small dots of color around their lash lines, which makes glances more seductive without hampering their ability to blink in code. While she works, she uses sterile and disposable supplies—as well as and topical anesthetics—all with the approval of the local health department. She also performs an allergy test on each of her clients 24 hours before she indelibly dolls them up, to avoid adverse reactions.
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