At Massage Sanctuary, nationally certified massage therapist Brandon Woolard offers his clients the opportunity to relax and receive personalized massages in a soothing atmosphere. After initial consultations—complete with a box full of stress stones if customers need some preliminary unwinding—guests undress to their own comfort levels and fit between sheets, ready for calming massages. As he works, Brandon encourages his customers to speak up about comfort levels in case the heated table is too hot or the aromatherapy ostrich too pungent and squawking. Brandon soothes backs and muscles with a variety of modalities, incorporating Swedish, deep-tissue, sports, hot-stone, and aromatherapy methods into his massages. Afterward, complimentary mints and water rejuvenate the senses as customers, suspended in massage euphoria, go home, take hot baths or showers, and maintain relaxed states.
Tiki Nails invites guests to relax within a simulacrum of paradise. Green potted plants pop against bold orange walls that evoke a tropical sunset, and bamboo shades stretch down over windows to block out the harsh light when the moon explodes. But it is the cushy brown pedicure chairs that truly transport guests into states of deep calm, cradling bodies as feet are massaged, tickled, and scrubbed until soft.
Magan Lucas and the rest of the beauty professionals at AMP Salon boast more than 20 years of combined experience in making others look beautiful. They cut hair with precise snips and change hues with coloring techniques. They also tame frizzy locks with Keratin Complex certified smoothing treatments.
Sundays Blue Box Tanning Resort's fleet of European-imported tanning equipment polishes pallid epidermal canvases into glowing, copper sculptures. Sun Angel photoelectric sensors analyze guests' skin tones to calculate the optimal temperature and time needed to bronze bodily temples without overbaking them. A bouquet of herbal body washes and creamy lotions from Jordan Rae, Signature, and Ed Hardy enhance clients' natural-looking copper hues. In addition to tanning services, Sundays’ team helps guests lose inches and ease pain with PhysEdge Fit infrared body wraps. The 60-minute wraps work in tandem with the Fit Booster mineral spray to burn up to 1400 calories, aiming to simulate the effects of a six- to nine-mile run while guests relax in a private room equipped with a flat-screen TV. Early morning and evening hours at all of Sundays' sixteen locations ensure guests will never again be mistaken for a scared polar bear.
Vintage lamps cast a soft glow on the window-paneled doors and eclectic artwork hanging throughout Kim Solip's Salon & Day Spa, giving the all-purpose beauty retreat a comfortable, homey vibe. A warm greeting from the friendly hairstylists, waxing pros, and nail technicians makes clients feel even more welcome before the staff sets to work transforming their appearances. Stylists change the hues and textures of hair or add layered depth with extensions. When they aren’t meticulously trimming and shaping nails, technicians soothe skin with exfoliating masks, dips in warm paraffin wax, and papier-mâché mittens of Chicken Soup for the Soul essays.