Lara Kistenmacher began focusing on skin when her own bout of rosacea caused her to become frustrated with prescriptions and pills. Now located inside Wholistic Health, she turns to the technological advances in the aesthetics industry to help her clients tend to a variety of skin woes, including signs of aging, damage, acne, and third nostrils. Her treatments range from four types of facial peels to those that use light therapy to create radiant, youthful glows.
Cleopatra's Health and Wellness Spa's multitalented director, Monica Janus—a renowned folk and ballroom dancer, certified aesthetician, and massage therapist—leads an army of beauty experts in treating clients like royalty. Staffers present pre- and post-treatment beverages such as a Polish mineral tonic or goji juice, prepping guests for pampering with a comfortable robe and slippers. A Hydrotone thermal capsule hosts various body treatments and baths including the Isis purification mud bath, which aims to alleviate arthritis or injuries from transporting oversize limestone chunks. The team caters to youngsters with a kids' menu of pintsize spa services, and aestheticians can dye eyebrows or lashes using the age-old process of henna application. Inspired by ancient traditions, the spa appropriately boasts golden-plated pillars, colorful paintings of Egyptian deities, and bas-relief hieroglyphics that warn patrons of the dangers of wearing too much eyeliner.
Vacationers can enjoy a couples massage before renting the facility's motel or cabin rooms to celebrate a special occasion. An array of fitness and dancing classes such as swing, country, and five levels of children's ballet keep out-of-town guests and local residents entertained.
Amid soothing violet decor befitting the salon’s name, High Violet Salon & Spa’s artistic stylist, expert aesthetician, and therapeutic masseuse use a three-pronged approach to help clients feel beautiful inside and out. Their menu of services is carried out within a newly renovated space accented by wood floors, soft lighting, and a separate spa-treatment room. Hair is colored and conditioned with products such as Moroccanoil, whereas nails are decorated in polishes from OPI. Facials and peels help rejuvenate skin, and Swedish, hot-stone, and deep-tissue techniques release stores of tension and stores acorns hidden under the shoulder blades.
Laura Nagel is a nationally certified massage therapist who uses her repertoire of diverse modalities, ranging from relaxation strokes to deep-tissue and trigger-point techniques, to ease a variety of pains, from tight muscles to stressed minds. Laura also specializes in tui na, a form of Chinese medical massage that stimulates acupressure points by way of kneading, rolling, and percussive strokes.
Registered nurse and massage therapist Samantha Moeller created Wholistic Health, The Wellness Spa with a vision of integrating traditional Western medicine with complementary wellness therapies. Originally located at the New London Family Medical Center, whose staff has worked closely with Moeller, Wholistic Health expanded to its current South Pearl Street location in 2004. Services include massage therapy, skincare, and weight-loss classes, along with permanent cosmetics and body waxing.