A butter-yellow canine named Praline formerly comforted nursing-home residents at pet-therapy sessions. Now, she serves as the tail-wagging mascot of Go Madd 4 Massage. Owner and massage therapist Diana Beranek takes Praline on strolls that cover up to 15 miles each week, and also practices pet massage therapy on the pooch's muscles. However, the tender care that Diana lavishes on Praline isn't reserved only for her pet; she also relieves physical stress and pain for human clients, drawing on 15 years of massage experience and a knowledge of deep-tissue, Swedish, and hot-stone massage techniques. Clients recline on a heated table surrounded by candles as soft music or recordings of Top-40 whale songs lull minds to peace. Heated lotion keeps flesh warm, and essential oils put nostrils at ease. A large massage room hosts twosomes with tense backs or a shared muscular knot.
Paradise Cosmetic MedSpa restores youthful form to bodies of all types by banishing excess fat with patented LAPEX 2000 LipoLaser technology. The low-level, noninvasive laser targets recalcitrant flab that won't respond to exercise, diet, or motivational lullabies. The process pinpoints fat cells deep under the dermis, disrupting their membranes to release intracellular fat and microscopic anchors, which are carried away by the body’s circulation. Each of the 40- to 50-minute procedures helps melt fat away without harming neighboring blood vessels, peripheral nerves, or skin. Although each 40- to 50-minute procedure helps contour the body, Paradise Cosmetic MedSpa recommends a total of nine sessions over three weeks to burn away a total of 2–9 inches of fat from the stomach, hips, back, arms, neck, or knees.
Indulge Salon & Spa's team of certified beauty boosters paint façades with a new hue during spray-tan services. After donning a cap and protecting hands and feet with a barrier cream, clients stand still as techs apply a fine mist of tanning tonic to bodies, which yields a natural-looking, sun-kissed glow without the harmful UV rays. Experts suggest that clients avoid sources of water, such as showers, swimming pools, and the interiors of camel humps for at least six hours post-spray-tan for longer lasting results. Indulge Salon & Spa swaddles patrons in a swanky atmosphere draped in glowing chandeliers and rich russet hues.
Avanti Medical Spa's microdermabrasion treatment sloughs away dull, spent skin cells, rejuvenating the epidermis and dampening the effects of aging. During the treatment, an experienced aesthetician uses a small handheld device to polish away the top layer of skin with a steady stream of microcrystals and whisk away epidermal evidence with a steady anti-stream of vacuum. The one-hour procedure can increase the effectiveness of skincare products, stimulate collagen production, even out skin tone and texture, and reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and mild acne scarring. After the procedure, clients can immediately resume everyday face activities such as smiling and biting Tootsie pops.
Between the facials she gives at the Pain Relief Centre, aesthetician Abrina Fechter busily researches new skincare tips. One of her latest finds is a list of 10 foods that nourish complexions with vitamins and anti-aging agents. This she already knows well, given that her multistep treatments incorporate organic dark-chocolate masks rich with antioxidants or pineapple tonics that exfoliate while stimulating cellular renewal. She is locating these resources primarily for her clients, hoping her tips for holistic skincare—exercise, reduce stress, keep your face in an air-locked tupperware container when not in use—will catch on. To set clients on the path toward a glowing visage, she bathes dry pores in seaweed-enriched Repêchage tonics and layers on enzyme treatments from Rhonda Allison that obscure signs of aging.
With the vision of a healing center combined with aesthetic beauty, stylist Kerri Humphries and health practitioner Sarah Ulmer formed a venture in 2005 that is now Vava'u Salon & Health Centre, formerly known as Confessions Day Spa. Housed in a new 4,800 square-foot building, the owners use client satisfaction as a measuring stick of success, often stating that it's important to accompany their clients on their journeys. The salon features a diverse menu of services performed by multitalented staff members. Signature non-surgical services such as bodysculpts and PRP face help to reinvigorate each patron's appearance and restore confidence. A color and aroma bar that helps style coiffures to clients' content. Facials help remedy myriad skin concerns, such as acne or aging, and massage ousts tension with Swedish or deep-tissue techniques.