Inside the recently expanded facility, Indulgence Spa's core of nimble fingered massage therapists swap stress for relaxation with a duet of Swedish massages. Couples and massage therapists stare longingly into each other's eyes as tense musculature gives way to calmed physiques under a quiet barrage of effleurage and gliding strokes. Post-appeasement, soothed duos can indulge on bites of creamy chocolates and sips of aromatic wine or cool off with complimentary cucumber water. In addition to the skillful massages, clients and domesticated cacti find solace in the southwestern-themed rust and earth tones of the spa's tranquil facility.
Sunsations Tanning Salon, which has catered to beauty-pageant contestants such as Miss Oklahoma Alicia Clifton, gilds limbs with three levels of tanning beds and airbrush tanning. Clients recline in a traditional or wide-body bronzing bed or stay vertical in a standup bed while inside a large private room.
In addition to tanning, Sunsations offers facials and massages by its aesthetician, Shea. During signature facials, Shea deeply cleanses pores to remove built-up dirt and grime and any glitter left over from New Year’s Eve. She also kneads bodies with custom massage techniques, releasing toxins and turning muscles into butter.
At Aravon Salon & Spa, a staff of smooth relaxation experts doles out massages, facials, manicures, and more. Let worries and cares hit the road as a licensed massage therapist kneads knots and rubs aching muscles until they surrender to their 10-fingered masters. The massage therapist will also pamper pores through herbal steaming therapy, which includes aromatic botanicals that hang heavy in the misty air, decontaminating the dermis and invigorating the senses.
Led by Dr. Kris Armstrong, the med-spa staff at Face 2 Facial erases signs of acne and aging with revitalizing facials. During a chemical peel, techs paint face canvases with glycolic- or salicylic-acid serums that strip away dead skin cells and second noses and reveal smoother, brighter visages. A cleansing preps pores for the thirst-quenching lotions of the HydraFacial, which infuses the skin of the T-zone and the kisser with blasts of hydration so clients don’t have to shower with a fire hose to feel moisturized. The pampering leaves mugs soothed, refreshed, and completely clean, and it doesn’t require downtime or leave behind redness after treatment.
A follicular fashionista weaves the bold colors and intricate patterns of a three-piece feather extension into lackluster locks, bequeathing noggins with bursts of avian flair and the confidence of a peacock at a penguin wedding. Each 5- to 10-inch feather is affixed to hair with a silicon bead, and the process usually takes about 15 minutes. The colorful tufts can endure washing, curling, and flat-ironing and may last up to three months, or until the feathers burst into flames and reincarnate.
Licensed massage therapist Ginny Forbes helps her patients overcome chronic pain and deep-seated muscle tension with a caring, therapeutic approach to her craft. She works one-on-one with her patients to tailor each treatment specifically for their needs, whether they're looking to reduce fluid retention from sitting at their desk job all day, or reduce bruising and swelling after sleeping on a pile of rocks all night.
After becoming licensed, massage therapist Cliff Rackley found himself tending to the overworked limbs and game-time nerves of the University of Arkansas men's basketball team. Calling on the know-how he gained treating college athletes, he opened his own business to lavish the public with the same level of attention. As clients kick back on his massage table, he assuages their muscle aches with techniques that include Swedish, sports, and hot-stone massages, each of which he can also perform at the location of the clients' choice.