At Morningstar Healing Center, muted lighting and soft music work in unison to create an oasis from the outside world. In a tranquil and calming atmosphere, the staffers work to relax and beautify the body with a range of services for the corpus and face. They specialize in seven types of massage, including exotic treatments such as Polynesian massage, which combines pressure from the hands, thumbs, and forearms with soothing coconut oil. They also smooth faces with microdermabrasion and facials that harness the power of vitamins and special antioxidants to help reduce wrinkles and obscure fine lines.
Though the staff of Lana’s Place is adept at everything from tinting and cutting hair to grooming and polishing nails to administering effective body-slimming treatments, one look at the menu of services makes it clear that the eclectic salon’s main focus is skin. The team of skilled aestheticians uses a range of tools and ingredients to lend potency to its skincare services, including 24-karat gold that refines skin and microneedles that smooth wrinkles by spurring the body’s natural collagen production. The menu of services includes a mix of relaxing and problem-targeting treatments to help clients keep their minds clear and their skin glowing, much like meditating with a squirm of glow worms. This skin-pampering focus even extends to other salon treatments, where aestheticians might incorporate skin-smoothing products into pedicures, massages, and waxing treatments.
Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, the Korean spa's massive 40,000-square-foot facility houses multiple floors, which each feature saunas aimed at providing visitors with relaxation and health benefits. Heated to a pore-opening 200 degrees Celsius from burning oak-tree wood, the dome-shaped hot-steam room—bulhanjeungmok in Korean—features floors made of yellow soil and salt that replicate a 500-year-old therapy designed to treat illness and pain. On the complete opposite side of the temperature spectrum, the ice sauna uses freezer-like frosted walls to cool the air around patrons sitting on log stools or standing on their hands. In between hopping from sauna to sauna, visitors may hang out in one of the lounges, get a haircut, or even grab a warm Korean meal or refreshing dessert.
Within a newly remodeled spa, licensed beauticians trim tresses, shellac nails with CND gel polish, wax away bits of bristle, and assuage tension with massage therapy. Flowers and live plants bloom from nearly every spring-green corner of the salon space and candlelit massage room, and staff members with 10–20 years of experience each coddle bodies and top crowns with the hairstyles of celebrity lions.
The staff of massage therapists and aestheticians at True Spa keeps clients’ skin smooth and muscles loose with a full menu of bodywork and beauty services. Massage therapists untie the muscle knots that have burrowed into the shoulders and back using deep-tissue techniques, and they provide all-over stress relief with gentle, flowing Swedish massage. Aestheticians use facials and body scrubs to cleanse clients’ pores and buff away dull cells. They also adhere to squeaky-clean hygienic practices during men's and women's waxes that leave nearly any part of the anatomy smoother than chocolate mousse in silk pajamas.
Inspired by childhood playtimes spent giving manicures to her aunts and sisters, cosmetologist Madeleine Rajkovich opened Madeleine Salon & Spa to finally realize her lifelong passion for beauty. Continuing education is the backbone of Rajkovich's business, and she regularly attends conferences to stay up-to-date on new techniques, products, and uses for leftover cucumbers. The multilingual salon offers everything from haircuts and highlights to mani-pedis, microdermabrasions, and cellulite-reducing massages, as well as highly personalized facials that begin with an in-depth skin analysis and end with a moisturizing mask.
Inside the salon, geometric cherry-red chairs create a modern tableau among sleek metal tables and white walls. Green walls, fluted glass-pendant lamps, and landscape paintings evoke a sojourn in the country on the spa side of the business, where body betterments are overseen by framed certifications and vintage portraits of Audrey Hepburn taken before photofacials finally cured her colorless complexion.
Even though she already holds an MS and a DPT in physical therapy, Dr. Michelle Tawil, continues to learn about her craft. She instills this same passion for learning in her patients, whom she educates on methods of injury prevention while treating their pain and stress. She performs treatments that employ modern technology, such as an 830-mililiter-wavelength low-level laser. This FDA-approved machine beams cold lasers below the skin to stimulate photoreceptors and prompt the healing process, much like seeing a camera prompts children to smear their faces with pasta sauce. She also conducts treatments based in modern medicine such as trigger-point dry needling, which involves the insertion of acupuncture needles into points on tight muscles to trigger a pain- and tension-reducing twitch.
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