Holly and Kristin](http://gr.pn/ngY3Rf) of Elite Wellness Spa share a passion for preserving and protecting skin, but their similarities don’t end there. Both certified professionals graduated from Paul Mitchell The School’s skincare academy, and now they work side-by-side at a spa dedicated to rejuvenating skin with custom treatments and advanced implements.
Men and women alike stand to benefit from Holly and Kristin’s menu of services, which includes medical facials, exfoliating chemical peels, and gentle waxing treatments. Free of artificial fragrances and dyes, the spa’s repertoire of skincare products assists them through treatments and forms the basis for many of the at-home skincare regimens they prescribe. With more than 10 years of experience in the medical-skincare industry, Holly and Kristin draw on their collected wisdom to treat skin conditions such as acne, hyperpigmentation, sensitivity, and tattoos of caterpillars that have yet to morph into butterflies.
Though threading has been among Asia’s most popular depilation methods for thousands of years, it only recently made its way onto the service menus of Western spas. The ancient practice has shown signs of becoming more of a spa mainstay, however, thanks to an eco-friendly process that also manages to stay on good terms with sensitive skin.
For evidence of threading’s rapidly expanding popularity, one need not look further than Brow Shapes' Eastern-inspired treatment menu. When not sculpting brows into precise arches, the spa’s artists rely on their attention to detail to draw henna tattoos that depict flowery swirls, geometric patterns, or extremely detailed public-transit maps. The spa also features a variety of facial massages, each of which can be customized to relieve pain, aid in relaxation, and improve skin tone.
The aestheticians at Katherine Maxwell Skin Care specialize in facials, customizing each treatment to the individual. Based on client needs, aestheticians choose specific formulas culled from product lines such as ONLY YOURx and gloProfessional skincare. To complement their skin expertise, the aestheticians also offer waxing and a selection of spa services for the body. Deeper bodywork comes courtesy of two massage therapists, who knead guests in 10 massage modalities including hot stone and acupressure. For aspiring aestheticians or clients who want to take better care of themselves at home, the studio’s specialists also teach classes on topics such as how to perform a lymphatic-drainage facial massage and personal waxing.
Certified massage therapist Satchmo Gonzales allays aches and kneads away knots with a diverse range of soothing modalities, including Swedish, deep-tissue, and hot-stone massages. He aims to disentangle chronically stiff muscles with myofascial-release treatments, and helps to assuage allergy symptoms with acupressure sessions. During every treatment, he targets stress and tension as he flaunts his arsenal of skills, further cultivating comfort with holistic techniques such as cupping and gua sha.
There are seven different kinds of facials at Blissful Spa—such a selection that one isn’t even for the face. Along with acne, anti-aging, and rosacea facials, the spa also renders a back facial treatment that cleans pores deeply and removes dead skin or the mesh-y debris of an oft-worn hockey jersey. The spa's aestheticians also perform acid peels that improve tone and texture and waxing services that remove unwanted hair by the root.