Large silver letters spelling Aveda march down a patterned wall, announcing the spa’s dedication to natural ingredients and aromatic botanicals. Multihued walls and verdant plants surround chairs as the staff performs hair coloring, nailcare, and spa treatments. The spa also offers off-site wellness coaching, proven more effective than hearing an ear-piercing whistle every time one reaches for a donut. Stylists and aestheticians stretch their hours until 8 p.m. on weekdays to accommodate busy clients, who also get incentives, such as 15% off Aveda products in return for donating haircare items to charity.
Fluent in English, Pidgin Sign English, and American Sign Language, licensed therapist Patricia Imbarlina consults with her clients to determine the most suitable massage modality to ease specific aches. With 14 treatments in her repertoire, she can combine techniques such as acupressure, reiki, and aromatherapy to oust stress, boost immune function, and foster feelings of whole-body relaxation. Her services take place atop a padded massage table in private, white-walled treatment rooms with a modern, minimalistic design scheme.
In the midst of rustic woods, there sits a three-story building. Upon opening its front door, visitors unleash a gentle wave of aromatherapy scents and warm air. They step inside, where therapists lead them past wood accents and into private treatment rooms. World of Serenity’s spa atmosphere recalls the calm of the surrounding wilderness, and inside its walls, therapists adopt a holistic approach; they educate guests in wellness basics, such as why humans don’t eat sand, and perform a range of customized spa services. They soften faces, deep-cleanse pores, and slough of dead cells during customized facials; sometimes scouring or soothing the skin with an additional enzyme deep cleanse, warm stones, or anti-aging collagen. They also ease muscle tension with six massage modalities such as deep tissue, warm stone, and reflexology; and scrub clients from head to toe using salt and sugar rubs, and wraps made from natural dead sea mud or Paradisius—a blend of ground fruit and flower extracts.
Former model Eva Kerschbaumer evokes her native Hungary at the award-winning EsSpa Kozmetika SkinCare while also fashioning an organic haven through earth-friendly practices and products. Hand-painted murals of Hungarian street scenes and river walks create an atmosphere of Old World charm for clients to laugh at cartoon coyotes trying to buy bread from a two-dimensional storefront. Inside private treatment rooms, aestheticians follow their owner's example by crafting massages, facials, and other pampering services personalized around the client's aesthetic needs. Eva builds her retail selection on organic oils and lotions from the Hungarian ilike line. These Hungarian skincare experts pack their products with handpicked herbs, fruits, and vegetables that have a high concentration of active ingredients aimed at restoring complexions and relaxing muscles.
From the reclining chair, guests gaze at the cutout in the ceiling that reveals twinkling stars as they take in deep breaths of oceanside air. But this isn't a nighttime visit to the beach—instead, guests are relaxing within Peace Love & Zen Holistic Wellness Center's salt cave, an intimate room lined with bricks of Himalayan salt. The salt diffuses into the air and is inhaled into the lungs, where it aids in respiratory problems with its 84 trace minerals.
Jeffrey Grinnel knew he wanted to study massage to help escape the stressfulness of his career in business management; what he didn’t know was it would eventually ignite a new passion and jumpstart a new career path. He opened his massage practice BodyWorks of ShadySide 10 years ago, and since delving into his new line of work, Grinnel has developed the skills to whisk away muscular tension and stimulate physical health with massage techniques, skin treatments, and holistic healing. In the Swedish massage, the specialist uses a relaxing series of strokes called effleurage to invigorate muscles, stimulate the circulatory system, and undo muscle knots. He can also conduct a reflexology treatment, which reduces tension by targeting pressure points on the body.