Kitty Vink brings more than two decades of beauty experience to her work at Le Cheval Day Spa. As owner of this full-service oasis, she is well acquainted with skincare techniques, laser hair removal, and permanent cosmetics. It was on an educational trip to Hong Kong that she learned about the Chinese footbath—a 20-minute herbal steep followed by a 10-minute massage. This luxurious treatment can be found on the spa's extensive menu, which also includes ear candling, teeth whitening, and mani-pedis.
Licensed paramedical aesthetician Stephanie Humphries has stayed abreast of technological advances throughout her career, which spans more than a decade. At Total Body Aesthetics, which is celebrating its five-year anniversary, she equips clients with HCG diets, Synergy AMS treatments, and Formostar body wraps to help them stay fit and trim. To assist with skincare, she buffs and purifies faces with Clarisonic brushes, which pulse at 300 movements per minute, as fast as a Ferrari’s standing heart rate.
Humphries balances the clinical feel of high-tech gadgets with the welcoming feel of earthy decor. Private treatment rooms brim with natural light filtering through thatched blinds. Plants add an organic touch, as do thick, sand-colored linens.
Parisian Spa Institute is a "student driven" institute, training the next generation of beauticians in cosmetology, nail technology, skincare, massage services. The spa specializes in nail services and enhances every digit with knowledge of trending styles and an arsenal of acclaimed brands, including Minx, Shellac, and OPI Shatter. Private spa treatment rooms situated along a quiet corridor invite customers to take relaxing escapes with Swedish, hot-stone, and deep-tissue massages or polish up their countenances with eyebrow threading.
The mother-daughter team behind Creme de la Creme cossets visages in a salon and spa space marked by accenting French decor. When they're not pampering individual clients with haircuts, facials, and massages, they're throwing specialized parties and group getaways for all manner of clients, from kids to bachelorettes to coworkers. They also keep the onsite boutique stocked with shiny Swarovski crystals, glistening handbags, and rhinestone clothing to accommodate any client who wants to ride a bicycle home in style safely, at night, through a sea of paparazzi.
Within the sunny yellow walls of their tranquil spa, the therapists at Body & Sole Spa banish stress with a blend of massage and Traditional Chinese Medicine. They use acupressure and reflexology techniques to help restore balance to organ systems and ease tension by targeting specific points on the body and feet, but they also achieve similar results with fine acupuncture needles. They dole out warm cups of healthful tea, made by the spa's teacher, and give clients the option of controlling the remote on their own personal TV, a rare privilege for those living with professional channel surfers.
Soft music plays, fountains trickle, and exotic aromatic oils waft through the air as the team at De La Sole Reflexology Spa performs reflexology and other soothing treatments. Clients recline in comfortable, cushioned chairs while staff apply pressure to the feet, hands, and ears, aiming to optimize the operation of specific organs and the entire body. Among other benefits, holistic therapies can bolster circulation and the immune system. Under new ownership and recently renovated, De La Sole features a relaxation area, which welcomes patrons with grand shoji doors and a warm ambiance accented by copper-colored walls, soft candle light, and soothing music, alongside a copper-walled fountain, orchids, and lush greenery. The crew enhances each relaxing service with foot scrubs or soaks fortified with natural Himalayan salt blocks designed to balance the nervous system and improve small talk with water heaters. Staff utilize herbal formulas by Jadience to customize soaks based on a clients’ needs, such as promoting detoxification, boosting metabolism, or alleviating muscle pain.