One could say that 1996 was one of the worst years of Sara Alavi’s life. Within the span of months, she lost sight in her left eye, was diagnosed with MS, and developed a heart condition. Any one of those conditions could have debilitated her spirit, but Sara always lived by the mantra of “gratitude toward the gift of life and being grateful for our loved ones' lives.” That devotion to celebrating life led her toward the mind-calming and body-strengthening practice of yoga. After continued dedication to the ancient art, her eyesight returned and her health began to skyrocket.
Now a certified yoga instructor herself, Sara uses her earth-toned studio to host the bodies and minds of her students. Her yoga classes aim to improve bodily health by increasing blood flow and releasing muscle tension while stimulating the mind for sharper concentration and funnier Mad Libs. In the studio’s flower-curtain-lined healing room, Sara performs the raindrop massage: a combination of essential oils and reflexive therapy. She balances disrupted energy flows with reiki healing and assists at-home meditation with a guided relaxation CD.
Claire Fey knows firsthand that the workplace can be a stressful environment. She began her career as a professional massage therapist by providing onsite treatments for corporate clients such as Gatorade and Bank of America. Perhaps working among so many cubicles and conference rooms led her to devise new treatments that evoked the relaxing warmth of a tropical vacation. Whatever her inspiration, it took Fey only a few years to develop her signature hot-stone massage—a blend of Hawaiian lomilomi, acupressure, and reflexology techniques.
Though Claire’s Hawaiian hot-stone massage has remained one of her most popular treatments, her service menu has grown considerably. It now encompasses an assortment of other wellness treatments headlined by the high-intensity and low-impact Power Plate system, an advanced method of fitness training favored by celebrities as well as their perfectly toned wax counterparts.
Certified nail-design master Ashley Hardiman diligently follows the latest techniques and trends in maintaining a sanitary and relaxing salon atmosphere. They'll welcome you to Salon Zen with a spotless station, friendly smiles, and firm yet yielding thumbs that will restore your weary knuckle wagons and leg hands. During your treatment, you'll enjoy a round of meticulous nail and cuticle maintenance followed by a SolarOil treatment that nourishes your cuticles with vitamin E. Next, your technicians will softly buff away your feet's emergency pair of callus shoes with a foot file before massage therapists knead, rub, and blissify your newly smooth kickstands and handlebars. Your treatment finishes up with an expert polish in the shade of your choice.
BA MedSpa & Weight Loss Center helps patients not only reach their desired weight but also maintain it. The center’s two-phase weight-loss program is aggressive, beginning with an 800-calorie diet—the potentially taxing effects of which are largely neutralized by the HCG injections that accompany it. Since a true lifestyle change is necessary to keep the weight off, the center then provides recipes and other instructions for establishing healthy habits.
There are other ways to improve your appearance at the clinic, too. Clients stop in for aesthetic services, such as wrinkle-reducing beauty injections, laser-administered facials, and hair-removal treatments. They also undergo permanent cosmetic applications, which allow them to wake up each morning with flawlessly drawn eyebrows, perfectly lined lips, and incredibly well-hidden butterfly-kissing scars.
The Ibrow Studio’s owner and senior aesthetician, Nicole Willis, has been honing her techniques since 1999, and has grown so proficient that she shares them in workshops at the studio and on KSBI’s All About You. Willis’s specialty lies in the artful clearing and shaping of body hair using the NuFree soy hair-removal system. Although the substance resembles wax, it remains at a comfortable 98.6 degrees and fights bacteria as Willis smoothes it on to shape elegant eyebrows or tidy the bikini line. Her nimble hands further enhance eyes with Reese Robert eyelash extensions, and her expertise with makeup contouring and seamlessly integrating tiny gargoyles into evening looks reflect her interest in enhancing facial architecture overall. A skin analysis helps the team tailor facials to each skin type, and complimentary aromatherapy turns body scrubs and wraps into multisensory indulgence.
The experienced stylists at Hair Rage deftly trim shining tresses and technicians pamper fingers and toes with expert nail services. During an initial hair consultation, clients meet with stylists to discuss which cuts will attractively frame their features or enhance the realism of a rubber Richard Nixon mask. Experienced fingers then massage scalps with nourishing shampoo at rows of sleek black sinks before stylists snip, style, and blow-dry tresses at a mirrored styling station. Alternatively, during a spa mani-pedi, techs will clip, shape, and polish finger and toenails after a warm, soothing footbath bubbles away stress and henna tattoos of old grocery lists.
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