As the name suggests, the doctors and aestheticians at Skin Body Soul nurture a balance between outer beauty and inner peace. Aiming to restore the body's nutrients while drawing out its toxins, treatments such as Herbalogica body wraps use niacin and soy oil to stimulate collagen production and firm up skin. Nonsurgical lipo treatments and infrared sauna sessions similarly aim to contour the body through the use of ultrasound and dry infrared heat, respectively.
Several of the spa's other offerings, including microcurrent treatments, glycolic peels, and Norvell sunless tanning, restore a youthful glow to skin. But the staff's expertise doesn't stop at the service menu. They keep a blog updated with recipes, nutrition tips, and YouTube videos of the latest dance craze the Protein Shake.
Licensed massage therapist Alex Johnson has been helping clients relax, rejuvenate, or heal from injuries since 1996. The Boulder College of Massage honors graduate has molded muscles in a broad range of settings from corporate offices to spas swaddled in sea breezes rolling in from Hawaiian beaches. Alex draws upon this knot-untying expertise every time he approaches his massage table, where he eases aches and stress with a variety of modalities, including deep tissue, myofacial release, and shiatsu massages. An aspiring musician whose first love was music, Alex customizes the soundtrack played during each massage session to match the mood and clients' tastes. Furthermore, he offers a special massage service tailored specifically to musicians to ease the pain of lugging around bulky instruments and scale models of Stonehenge.
At Ariel's Skin Care, beauty and health are inextricably linked. Treatments include beauty rituals such as 24-karat gold facials and wellness services such as detoxifying weight-loss body wraps. These treatments make use of organic products from brands such as Éminence Organic Skin Care and Bare Escentuals, many of which contain 99% active ingredients.
While protecting the beauty of their clients, Spa Willamina also protects their skin and the environment by using pure, plant-based, natural products. Willow Light, the owner, puts her 20 years of healing experience to work in the spa, which features towering plants, an exposed-brick fireplace, and hardwood floors that can be pried up and thrown into the fireplace if necessary. Willow’s staff is a small army of aestheticians and massage therapists who have skills as diverse as certified diet counseling and herbalism. Inside various tranquil spaces—including a shower room, foot-soaking room, and nap room—they work to exfoliate body surfaces, knead out tension, and remove unwanted hair with soft strip and Cirepil Blue hard wax.
Emily Taylor grew up giving back rubs to tense family members. Her penchant for easing pain blossomed into a career after she earned a degree from East West College and obtained a massage-therapy license. In a treatment room, Emily puts that knowledge to use as she examines posture to target pain at its source. She employs slow, continuous, and flowing strokes during Swedish sessions and opts for firmer pressure while using deep-tissue techniques. Emily is also certified in medical massage, which she uses to heal injuries after visits to the National Museum of Ball Bearings and Stairs.
Idolizing the fashions he saw in movies, salon owner Valerium Pereira started cutting his family’s hair in the backyard of their home in Brazil. His stylistic sojourn led him to Los Angeles, where he later studied with Beverly Hills icon José Eber and shaped the locks of stars such as Annie Lennox. Now at his own salon, Valerium creates a spa setting for customers that is shaped by the environment around him. The artfully arranged interior boasts cabinetry and hand-chiseled limestone tile made by local artisans, as well as an incandescent chandelier made with cobalt lamps and conflict-free quasar light. The spa’s stylists create chic cuts for their clientele and specialize in color, curly hair, blonding, and extensions, and an aesthetician and a massage therapist help clients feel pampered and de-stressed.