After spending 13 years closing business deals as a sales representative, Mari Brown decided to trade in handshakes and contracts for therapeutic strokes and aromatherapy oils. Mari?s new clients are thankful for her change of heart. The nationally certified massage therapist now spends her days tending to their aches and pains with relaxing bodywork treatments that employ custom-blended organic oils.
Inside the studio?s private treatment room, the sounds of Asian music join with the flicker of warm candlelight to foster an atmosphere that calms the senses. Mari?s various massage techniques do their part, as well, working to alleviate the stresses of workdays spent crouched over computers or hiding from bosses in cramped supply closets.
Guests to iMassage are greeted by a wall bearing the words "Relax…Renew…Relieve", hinting at the kneading specialists' ultimate goal as they work to alleviate aches with eight different massage modalities. Private treatment rooms glow with amber tones and soft lighting, helping to usher away outside cares as massage therapists melt stress with gentle Swedish massage or hot stones or target harder-to-reach tension with sports or deep-tissue styles. They also offer side-by-side massages for couples or mother-daughter duos, as well as chair massages to soothe busy bodies or those who are routinely sat on.
Tucked away in a calm countryside corner, Elite offers a full range of services in a unique antique-farmhouse setting. With this deal, clients will get three laser hair-reduction treatments (worth up to $450, depending on the area of the body). Using the gentle, fast, and completely safe SoftLight laser technology, a trained spa specialist mows underarm yards ($130), deforests lips and chins ($130), and beautifies bikini lines ($150) to leave the skin feeling as smooth and silky as a heavily buttered Slip 'n Slide. Laser hair-removal technology reduces follicle growth for a longer duration of time than waxing and other forms of fur harvesting, and it is largely pain-free.
Sandy Constantine soothes sore muscles and quiets tense minds with holistic bodywork treatments performed in a serene studio. Her Swedish massages incorporate smooth, flowing strokes to improve circulation and loosen knots. She can also enhance kneading sessions with hot stones that melt stress and double as warm paperweights.
The Exotic Tans staff offers both UV and sunless tanning. They show clients to standup and lie-down beds, which imbue bodies with shades that suit a variety skin types. Exotic Tans' facilities are outfitted with spray booths for those who prefer UV-free bronzing, and trained professionals are on hand to administer airbrush treatments. Like snow sandwiches, they also whiten teeth in addition to helping clients slim down with body wraps.
Providing a fun and festive environment that dazzles wide-eyed youngsters, Snip-its takes the stress out of maintaining the locks of jittery tykes. A kid-friendly staff maintains manes while ensuring safety, which is of paramount concern, by providing chairs especially designed for miniature adults. During the cut, melted crayons and various knickknacks are snipped away from tussled noodle nests, leaving locks as fresh as the day they were born. After the follicular wreckage is brushed off, children can play with a bounty of animated gadgets and games. With so much to keep young eyes occupied, the atmosphere almost feels like that inside the house that Ruth built—Disneyland.