After mitts emerge from a mineral-packed paraffin dip, the seasoned digit decorators at London Styling Shoppe and Spa trims, shapes, and buffs nails to prepare them for a smoothly layered lacquer. Patrons snuggle into heated, massaging pedicure chairs while soaking tootsies in a warm bath before they marinate in a moisturizing mask. Cuticles then yield to the touch of the technicians, who ensure that keratin canvases are prepared for tiny portraits of Harriet Beecher Stowe stenciled in bright hues.
For Body Beautiful's team of cosmetic experts, it’s not enough to simply treat patients’ skin, veins, or cellulite. The med-spa’s staff is also focused on helping patients understand the issues they’re facing and how they can be treated most effectively, which is why all patients begin their relationship with the spa with a personal consultation. Only then does Body Beautiful draw on its arsenal of high-tech services, including treatments that include diode-laser hair removal, tattoo removal, and fractional skin resurfacing and rejuvenation designed to minimize skin irritation. The team also uses lasers—along with peels, ultrasound facials, microdermabrasion, and other approaches—to combat acne and spider veins, and its laser toenail fungus removal helps prepare feet for warm-weather footwear. To complement its other technological techniques, Body Beautiful also offers body-contouring wraps, which relies on a mixture of radio frequency, infrared light, fillers and Botox, and massage to help defend against cellulite and assist patients in reshaping their figures.
At Melody’s Massage studio, licensed massage therapists harness the therapeutic techniques of ancient Hawaiian healers during traditional lomi lomi massage sessions. Pain and stress head for the getaway car as long, gliding strokes ripple down backs, with practitioners delivering nurturing kneads with the aid of deft hands, elbows, and forearms. Two therapists team up for the tandem massage to jointly manipulate in balance the body's left and right sides for clients with extra muscle tension and problematic lumps of coal. Faux island getaways unfold in one of the studio’s private massage rooms, where warm incandescent lights ease tired eyes, cool sheets enfold bodies, and an active volcano quietly warms the therapist’s dinner.
Dr. Thomas Kalkstein earned his degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 1983. In the decades since his graduation, Dr. Kalkstein has honed a progressive chiropractic method that can render numerous health benefits. He uses spinal adjustments to relive pain, treat injuries, and even fight disease—all without relying on drugs or invasive procedures.
Nearly a quarter of a century of experience has taught Dr. Robb Fishman that chiropractic treatments should involve the muscles as well as the spine. He sees bones and soft tissue as a system that work in tandem, and his gentle spinal adjustments incorporate massage techniques to ease out tension as well as nudge misaligned discs back into place.
With its lavender-hued studio, candlelit spa rooms, and team of bodywork therapists and fitness instructors, Loughner Massage and Yoga is a well-rounded wellness destination. Skilled yogi and massage therapist Amanda Loughner founded the sunny center. All of her registered yoga instructors trained through the YogaFit and Centeredbeing schools, which feature a less-intimidating style of yoga that blend traditional postures with common fitness moves. Yoga and Pilates classes—available for groups or individuals—accommodate a variety of skill levels. The studio also offers Swedish massage, myofascial release, and reiki among its massage modalities.
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.