Partnering with more than 7,000 spas and salons across North America, SpaWish streamlines the process of giving away relaxation. Armed with their SpaWish gift cards, patrons can point their browsers toward SpaWish's website, searching out a specific spa or getting a list of nearby pampering pros. Cards can be used for any popular spa service, netting guests such relaxing treats as ache-reducing massages, rejuvenating facials, and monologues from Jeremy Irons.
Amid its classy, welcoming confines, the Relaxation Station begins your anxiety-annihilating odyssey with a 60-minute hot-stone massage, which gently infuses muscles with the relaxing heat of smooth, warm basalt rocks, loosening them up enough to be molded into muscle-animals by the therapist's skilled hands. Once bodies are giving off the pulsating neon green glow of perfect tranquility, visages will join in the fun with a full facial that cleanses the skin of grease, gently exfoliates dead cells, and re-moisturizes your radiantly resurfaced dermis before treating both the face and scalp to their own full massages. The Feet Retreat closes out the pampering hat trick with a half-hour foot soak, a callus-demolishing exfoliation, and a knee-to-toe massage—rejuvenating legs tired from long days of stomping on bubble wrap, and feet that are still aching from playing bowling-ball soccer.
A two-fold enterprise, La Dolce Vita Day Spa and Fashion Lounge combines a spa and art studio. Staff members lead spa goers from the waiting area's cushy seats to pedicure chairs, which roll and vibrate across knotted backs. In private treatment rooms, the spa's massage therapists show the chairs who’s boss with their arsenal of deep-tissue techniques, relaxing hot stones, and opposable thumbs. Aestheticians brighten complexions with European facials fortified by PCA Skin products, wax away unwanted fuzz, and enhance lash volume and length with extensions by Xtreme Lashes.
La Dolce Vita also makes an ideal gathering spot with its Bubbles N Brushes paint parties, where instructors guide novice artists through the steps of creating masterpieces.
Diamante Azul Day Spa & Salon?s owner Kathleen built a menu of services designed to help clients forget about their worries. She and her fellow massage therapists unravel knots, sometimes with the help of oils and heated stones, and even alleviate pain resulting from such medical conditions as fibromyalgia and migraines. Many clients choose to end their sessions with a soak in a jetted tub enhanced by aromatherapy.?
In another area of the spa, nail technicians massage hands and feet before prepping nails for an application of polish and optional artistic details, which can range from polka dots to seasonal, sugar-free candy canes. The full-service salon's beauty experts further spruce up clients with haircuts and color, facials, and spray tans.
Luxe Aveda Concept Salon evokes a sense of contemporary glamour by offering luxurious services amid its lofty ceiling and grey and fire-engine-red walls. A hairstyling visionary, Ray Hernandez presides over a team of hair-transforming artisans who administer cuts, color services, and specialized treatments. These stylists are so passionate about their craft that they educate clients about haircare, recommending Aveda products to maintain their new looks.
Aveda produces a full line of natural beauty products carried at nearly 7,000 salons and spas. Popular items such as Shampure shampoo and witch hazel hair spray deliver on Aveda's commitment to well-rounded earthly beauty with eco-friendly packaging that cradles ingredients derived from the world's finest and least selfish plants.
Though high-tech hair removal relies on relatively new technologies, owner Nedra Lockhart has been zapping follicles for more than 40 years—she began in 1970, working at the side of her mother, for whom the clinic is named. Though electrolysis is still on the menu, the entire staff boasts national board certification in laser hair removal through The Society for Clinical and Medical Hair Removal, Inc. This range of treatment options is essential, as specialists must select the right tool for the job: though considered less painful, lasers target melanin and may not be ideal for those with lighter-colored strands, who may be better served by electrolysis or Photoshop. Besides permanent hair removal, the clinic is home to Scandinavian skincare services by stateside transplant Catharina and mani-pedis by aesthetician Lisa Schuenemann.