To call The Body Shop a mere skin and body care store is to miss half of what makes it special. Late founder Dame Anita Roddick was a pioneer for ethical business practices; upon opening her first store in Brighton, England, in 1976, she developed company values such as "Defend Human Rights" and "Protect The Planet." She somehow balanced principles and profit, partnering in global campaigns with UNICEF, Greenpeace, Amnesty International, and the United Nations, all while ultimately expanding her brand into 2,500 locations in over 60 international markets. After her death in 2007, then-British Prime Minister Gordon Brown said, ?She campaigned for green issues for many years before it became fashionable to do so and inspired millions to the cause by bringing sustainable products to a mass market. . . . She was an inspiration.?
Indeed, the Body Shop exhibits an eco-friendliness and social consciousness that's hard to come by in a company of its size. Its products have been fair-trade since 1987, and its Against Animal Testing movement led to an EU-wide ban of animal testing of cosmetics. The products are made from ingredients harvested from around the world: shea butter from Ghana goes into body scrubs and butters, and Indian artisans craft wooden massagers and tote bags that are screenprinted by hand. But all that isn't to say the company's production practices overshadow its final products. Skincare treatments such as the brand?s iconic body butters, facial products, and gift collections often appear in Allure, Marie Claire, Lucky, Seventeen and other national publications.
Owner and founder Gilda Smith specializes in helping clients to heal through massage therapy by finding mental and physical balance. She also leads a team of other experienced therapists who specialize in a number of modalities including prenatal, sports, and myofascial therapy. Exhale's staff of massage therapists, with more than 10 years of experience, use their expertise to calm clients' tense sinews by incorporating a unique blend of various modalities in their massage techniques.
Working with the belief that everyone can—and should—benefit from massage therapy, owner and licensed massage therapist Michal Moore offers multiple modalities of bodywork at reasonable prices. Swedish massages serve as the baseline for the massage practice, and other modalities including pre-natal and hot-stone therapies tackle more specific concerns, such as pregnancy pains and tax revenue.
In one of seven private treatment rooms, guests lie down for 60- to 120-minute massages performed by licensed massage therapists. Both male and female massage therapists help clients relax with massages in a variety of modalities, including Swedish, deep tissue, hot stone, and reflexology.
Staff members at the Italian-themed La Bella Vita day spa use Apriori Beauty products during anti-aging facials and chemical peels, and they soothe muscles with relaxing massages or reflexology sessions. The team also enhances natural beauty with makeup services and long-lasting bronzing foam and removes hair with all-natural honey wax. The spa's tranquil ambiance emanates from backlit plants, flickering candles, and a trickling fountain, which is ideal for staging a shadow-puppet rendition of Roman Holiday.
Inspirational Angel Therapeutic Massage's services extend well beyond massage. For instance, they offer polarity healing therapy, an energy-balancing treatment designed to activate the body's self-healing mechanisms. There are also lotus foot scrubs and mini hot-towel facials. But of course massages are the main event here, and they serve the same purpose as the aforementioned treatments: to bring the mind and body together and help clients relax and overcome any pain or discomfort they may be feeling. Massage options include Swedish, deep-tissue, and hot-stone massage. Inspirational Angel's mission of helping others is not confined to massages and foot scrubs, though. They also participate in charitable events such as Enon Heart Healthy Day and Sharon Baptist Cancer Wellness Day.