According to Cara Mia's licensed aestheticians, the average woman spends about 15 minutes a day applying makeup. Over the course of a year that totals more than 91 hours—hours that could have been spent on more important activities such as helping the kids with their homework or turning the dishwasher into a clubhouse. Cara Mia's team helps women save that time with its permanent makeup sessions, where pen machines add long-lasting pigments that help create fuller lashes or smudge-proof lip liners.
Cara Mia's other services enrich clients' skin and bodies in equal measure. Massage therapists soothe achy muscles with Swedish, deep-tissue, and hot-stone techniques, and waxing gurus remove unwanted hair from the underarms and Brazilian areas. To enliven epidermises, try a deluxe facial, which includes a deep cleaning, exfoliating mask, massage, and moisturizer.
Certified massage therapist and posturist Robert Macaraeg deals with more than just tense muscles. Though his nimble fingers and firm hands are quite capable of kneading out stubborn kinks, he draws upon his understanding of the human form to help clients walk tall and live free of posture-related pains. To accomplish this, he combines manual muscle work with strategic stretches that squeeze out toxins and retrain the muscles, teaching them to keep the body upright during long periods of sitting or marathon planking matches.
We do detoxifying, slenderizing body wraps using compression bandages soaked in a mineral solution. After you are wrapped like a mummy, we baste you with solution and have you do light exercise on a Gazelle for about an hour. Afterwards, your skin feels tighter, you body is slimmer and you feel great.
At Palace Spa, relaxation occurs long before you sprawl out on a massage table. The reason for that—ambient light. The spa's color-changing lights turn the hallways into luminescent corridors of calming blues, warming greens, and tranquil yellows, helping to lesson anxiety before the massage.
Add to that the 360-degree sound system that plays soothing music, and you have a soothing experience that extends beyond your hour on the table. But the massage is still the highlight.
Palace Spa's therapists all have at least five years of massage experience and perform numerous modalities. Treatments include full-body massages, hot-stone massages, and foot massages, all of which ease tension and help clients feel as happy as a politician who just pulled a photogenic baby out of a well.
The family that owns Bella Mia Spa has been pampering clients for 22 years, so they know a thing or two about helping people to relax. Within the cozy, Tuscan-themed space, staffers perform treatments that soothe both body and mind, using fragrant ingredients such as a lavender foot soak or seasonally scented facial products. They enhance physical and mental wellbeing with hot-stone massages or reflexology sessions, and promote detoxification with warm, herbal body wraps.
A small, green topiary, a cherub-like statue, and a water fountain set a tranquil tone as they greet guests near the entrance. Stone accents along the walls create an ambiance reminiscent of old-world Italy or the Alpine quarry where yodeling was invented.