An autumnal color palette warms the expansive interior of IV Seasons Tanning & Hair Studio, where stylists snip strands at stations in the glow of bright vanity lighting. Employing an arsenal of Redken and other top-shelf hair products, they trim, color, and style locks based on a thorough consultation with the client and every one of their head snakes. Meanwhile, technicians tucked away in private suites remove unwanted hair with warm wax and bronze bodies with airbrush tans.
Enter Noje Collections and Spa's 7,000 square-foot facility, and your nose might be the first to notice. You'll likely be welcomed by a potpourri of fragrances: aromatherapy candles and organic massage oils, coconut soaps, and shea-butter creams. Inside two private massage suites, licensed therapists lather clients in organic Pure Fiji oils and ease tension with warm-stone massages. In the facial rooms, aestheticians use medleys of organic plant actives, drift nut oils, and customized masks, rejuvenating the skin.
And then there's the 2,000-square-foot boutique dedicated solely to self-care and a little bit of spoilery. The shelves are lined with organic oils, lotions, and skincare products from Red Flower and Germaine de Capucini. Clients can purchase silk robes from Sweden, aromatherapy candles, shampoos, and even starfruit-scented soaps to replace the Starburst-flavored soaps your dog keeps eating.
Few spa owners can recognize the common ground between a spa treatment and a party, but Jessica Stewart counts herself among this visionary group. As the owner of Wax'd and resident waxing technician, Stewart takes pride in her penchant for livening things up in unexpected ways. Each relaxing massage, performed by massage therapist Lindsay Hall, tacks on a bonus hot-towel treatment and aromatherapy. Similarly, manicures are paired with martinis in a happy-hour special offered four evenings a week.
Jessica also finds time to take the party elsewhere. Held within her clients’ homes, her signature spa parties bring friends together for a night of relaxing spa treatments and games of Wax the Tail on the Donkey.
At Bella Sundries Wellness Studio, heated massage tables and skilled therapists await to relax sore muscles and restore a sense of well-being throughout the body with services ranging from Swedish and deep-tissue massage to reflexology and reiki. Owner Tonya Ben Mansour boasts more than 12 years of massage experience, holds master-level status in neuromuscular therapy, and has reached level 10 in most video games, making her nimble hands particularly suited to sussing out deep-seated stress. The studio also extends its soothing savvy to problems that are skin deep as aesthetician Sarah Lawrence cleanses and calms complexions with refreshing facials and sequesters rogue facial hair with waxing services.
For massage therapist Luke Fondren, listening comes first. That's why each session begins with a brief consultation, wherein he meets with clients to determine the sources of their lingering tension. He then sets to work, delivering one of various bodywork modalities, whose aims range from simply relaxing clients to assuaging their deep-seated pain. Olena Wellness Center also provides an entirely holistic approach with multiple services available, including nutrition and diet consultations, acupuncture, detox body wraps, essential oil therapy, and more.
Licensed massage therapist Amber Glaab specializes in massages that incorporate whatever techniques are necessary in order to address each client's needs. That means her massages can draw from therapeutic, Swedish, sports, deep-tissue, myofascial-release, and trigger-point-therapy tactics, depending on if the client is stressed out or injured. Amber also offers prenatal massages to help expectant mothers endure the physical demands of carrying the baby and the stresses of having to teach another human not to eat the display food in the cafeteria.