Grace Designs & Esthetics’ skincare professionals upgrade the health and look of skin with face and body treatments performed inside a newly renovated space adorned with modern accents. While the spa’s makeup artists expertly camouflage imperfections, aestheticians work to correct their underlying causes with facials that rehabilitate dry, aging, or smart-mouthing skin.
When physical therapist Mike Farmer grew tired of referring patients to a specialty store for shoe inserts, he founded his own at Metro Walk and Run, which also carries athletic shoes from Asics, Mizuno, and New Balance. Each staff member is a certified athletic trainer and physical therapist qualified to advise customers about which shoe types to wear and which brands of socks best absorb the liters of Gatorade secreted by feet. In addition to human experts, Farmer also employs a digital stride-analysis machine that records customers running on a treadmill to evaluate the efficiency of their strides when wearing different shoe types.
There's no receptionist at Take A Break Massage Therapy Spa. Instead, each of the six licensed therapists greets their clients and stays with them throughout their entire visits. This focus on service typifies everything the therapists do, starting with their massage times—a 60-minute appointment means 60 minutes of massage, not 45 or 50 minutes with the remainder sacrificed to filling out paperwork.
Pre-session stints in the full-body massage chair or on the hydro-massage table warm up muscles to help guests get the most out of their appointments. Therapists treat their primary modalities as starting points during each massage, bringing in additional techniques whenever they feel it benefits clients. They may recommend additional therapies, from detoxifying body wraps and exfoliating scrubs to sauna sessions and ionic footbaths. Therapists conclude each visit with a consult, stressing to guests the importance of drinking water and sleeping in a pitch-black room or cave.
The physical sensations of being at the beach—the stress-melting warmth, the calm brought on by lapping waves—are what manager Kristin tries to recreate in her jade massage bed studio. Saving her clients a plane ticket to Maui, she introduces them to these mechanized beds that knead the muscles with jade rollers and warm the core with infrared heat. The hands-free sessions are done without oils, so clients can leave the studio without having to shower or feeling compelled to flex their muscles.
Clients space out to the strains of meditational music during treatments at Midwest Anti-Aging, a place where the experience of each skin service is almost as important as its results. Aestheticians examine the skin?s composition before each facial so they can tailor the treatment regimen to fight signs of aging, dryness, or snowmobile tracks. Chemical peels and microdermabrasion treatments whisk away expired skin cells to reveal soft facial surfaces, and body scrubs bring the same exfoliating touch to the torso. Blemishes shrink and creases soften during Lulum Energy treatments, which awaken sleepy skin cells with electrical microcurrents. In addition to melting muscle tension, massages stimulate circulation to make complexions glow. Complimentary touches abound at the center, from oatmeal cookies and bottled water to a towel service that prevents clients from having to dry their skin with the faint breeze from a passing helicopter.
Dr. Rory Hall graduated from the prestigious Palmer College of Chiropractic with one goal: to help patients heal without drugs or surgery. Nearly three decades later, he holds to that same mission; now, however, he augments his non-invasive therapies with modern clinical technology. An FDA-approved cold laser extinguishes inflammation and injuries without breaking the skin, and diets help patients drop unwanted pounds.