Absolute Wholeness Massage and Wellness owes its extensive repertoire of therapeutic techniques to the diverse backgrounds of its massage therapists. While the therapists might differ in their specializations, which include everything from sports massage to immune-boosting lymphatic-drainage techniques, the entire staff shares a common philosophy: to treat every client as a whole person with his or her own unique needs. To that end, the therapists forgo the one-massage-fits-all template and strive to customize every treatment, from relaxing Swedish massage to focused deep-tissue work to soothing hot-stone massage, to the client’s needs. Sometimes that means helping a client find solace from stress caused by a high-powered work schedule, or physical pain from the marble embedded in the seat of their office chair. This dedication has earned Absolute Wholeness Massage and Wellness reader's choice awards for their services from Style-El Dorado County Foothills magazine three-years running.
The beauty pros at Body Mind Spirit Soul cater to every aspect of the human form with massages, facials, body wraps, and waxing. The therapists specialize in locating and relieving sources of chronic pain in areas throughout the body, such as the neck, shoulders, back. They can enhance their soothing bodywork treatments with reflexology and aromatherapy, or nourish ailing skin with Sedona mud and sweet concoctions. Their repertoire of facials and skincare upgrades cater to every skin type with telling names such as Busy Bee Teen Facial, Zen for Men Ultimate, and Hand Renewal Treatment.
Rows of Roman--style columns intersect the polished hardwood floors at The Look Salon, a full-service beauty haven where shelves of neatly arranged skin products stand opposite the stylists who nimbly wield them. Winner of the Mountain Democrat's Reader's Choice award for best salon of 2012, the salon's talented staff overhauls hair with a combination of keen fashion sense, steady hands, and vibrant colors, crafting new looks that complement facial structure and personal style. Spa experts help clients to overcome skin blemishes and evidence of naps atop waffle irons with nutrient-rich facials, and nail technicians and waxing specialists primp and polish bodily details.
At Ava Jade Salon & Spa, blue and white accents reminiscent of a frosted cupcake surround clients as they indulge in hair makeovers, skin rejuvenation, and body-coddling treatments. Dermalogica products cleanse pore pastures during custom facials and back treatments, clearing skin of the dirt and oil caked to it after falling asleep in a parking lot without irritants such as lanolin, SD alcohol, mineral oil, and artificial fragrances. In addition, the staff shampoos and styles natural hats with sulfate- and paraben-free products by Unite. After banishing split ends with a precision cut, hair-tamers can add depth to manes with highlights, strengthen locks with deep-conditioning treatments, or disguise patrons from IRS auditors with all-over color.
Linda Bowers channels two decades of experience in the health and beauty industry into her vision: helming a tranquil spa that allows the mind, spirit, and body to relax and rejuvenate. To do this, she’s transformed her studio into a peaceful refuge where clients can temporarily escape the stresses of work, family, and ferociously persistent encyclopedia salesmen. Within these peaceful digs, she and her staff perform services for the skin, including facials, corrective skin peels, and microdermabrasion. They also gussy up appearances with SofTap permanent makeup and spa waxing sessions performed with gentle products. To ensure relaxation penetrates deeper than skin level, the staff hosts a full menu of relaxing massages that include traditional Swedish massages, deep-tissue modalities, and hot-stone therapies.
Unlike dentists and dietitians, aesthetician Vonadale Silva-Ramirez tends to prescribe sugar to her clients. Of course, she isn't telling those clients to eat it. Instead, she uses sugar in an all-natural paste that removes unwanted hairs when applied to the body and stripped away. This sweet technique uproots hairs in the same direction as their natural growth pattern, thereby reducing the risk of ingrown or broken strands. Also, the natural sugar mixture is water soluble, so it won't stick to the skin or follow clients home in the rain.
In addition to her hair-removal services, Vonadale performs facials that include cleansing, exfoliation, and customized masks to address a variety of different skin conditions. She can also embellish skincare appointments with add-ons ranging from glycolic peels to manual microdermabrasions to bottles of daytime lotion customized to the client's unique skincare needs.