During her training at St. Croix Center for the Healing Arts, Jody of Smyls4u developed a massage technique that's uniquely her own. While learning many of the major modalities such as deep tissue, relaxation, and hot stone massage, she decided to take a more holistic approach to treatment. Rather than provide a one-size-fits-all massage, she customizes her services to suit each client's specific needs. For Jody, massage is more than a physical therapy—it's also a means of balancing mind, body, and several dictionaries on your head.
A Lotus Touch Therapeutic Massage's therapist kneads bodies into a gummy state of bliss with a one-hour head-to-toe massage. Working over the back, neck, shoulders, and scalp, the massage stops only to take a quick karaoke break before traveling out to the body’s orbiting appendages of the hands, legs, and feet. Stress, along with tension and pain within the muscles, pack their bags and head for the door as the therapist utilizes a variety of massage techniques to penetrate multiple layers of tissue. The massage also helps to relax the nervous system, stimulate circulation, boost energy, and locate the wedding rings that were swallowed in a double-dare at a PTA meeting.
After the combined stress and pain following an accident where she was struck by an automobile, Chris Ackermann wanted to help others avoid the kind of experience she had gone through. Hoping to offer a respite from the stressors of physical trauma, Ackermann went through the rigors of more than 700 hours of training at the St. Croix Center for the Healing Arts. There, she learned techniques in integrative, deep-tissue, sports, reflexology, and chair massage, among others, creating a multifaceted foundation on which to begin her business, Time to Relax. Today she puts her skills to work, customizing each massage to her clients' individual ailments, pains, and stressful fortune cookies from last week.
Brooke Fleetwood and the team at Aesthetic Amour help to refresh visages through facials, eyebrow-waxing sessions, and cosmetic services. In a one-hour custom facial, aestheticians nourish vitamin-hungry skin with natural BeautiControl cleansers, moisturizers, and cake frosting. Visitors soak up an hour's worth of face-fortifying secrets during a makeup lesson with BB brand products that teaches specific looks and ends only after an algebra exam has been correctly filled out in eye pencil. Students can also bring in their own cosmetics to let the aesthetician's seasoned eye determine whether certain products have grown old or unflattering. Finally, an eyebrow wax keeps eye-hats sleek and ready to raise at a moment's notice.
Ala Mode Salon's keen-eyed stylists trim, sculpt, and color mops with a full arsenal of services tailored to match each client's preferences. Deftly wielded scissors snip away rogue strands before staff members craft voluminous manes with either a blow-drier or a Victorian opera fan. Imbuing locks with a healthy sheen, the mask hot-oil conditioning treatment massages scalps with an array of oils that corresponds with each customer's hair type and leave strands nourished. Coloring treatments infuse styles with a new, vibrant hue, and highlights can subtly integrate natural-looking color to give hair the appearance of added depth without requiring approval from the local zoning commission.
Author and Juut SalonSpa owner David Wagner channels a childhood spent watching nature’s beauty into his Aveda salon’s eight locations. The studio stylists and other staff members, many of whom benefit from the company’s extensive training program, perform services beneath shelves laden with Aveda products. The botanically sourced elixirs repair and sculpt hair naturally without subjecting it to other products’ unpleasant chemicals or a robot hairdresser’s endless questions about love.