For the last decade, the staff at Tavernier's Salon & Spa has revitalized appearances and moods with a slew of salon and spa services. Defined by its brightly colored walls and artwork composed of primary yellows and reds, the interior is home to a team of diligent stylists, aestheticians, and massage therapists.
Tavernier's hairstylists wield Redken and Matrix products with full-color treatments and strategically placed highlights to add depth to monochromatic hairdos. Nail technicians prettify appendages with Opi polish and soothing, hydrating dips into paraffin wax, and skincare specialists administer facials such as the one-hour basic European facial, which opens up pores like they're interviewees on Oprah so that they release their pent-up dirt and leave with a cathartic sense of cleansing and exfoliation.
Within Gravity Spa, soft blue lighting and tranquil tones create an atmosphere that beckons visitors to relax, take classes, and embark on new experiences. Light and sound vanish within flotation tanks, where 10 inches of water saturated with 1,000 pounds of Epson salt create more buoyancy than a rubber ducky wearing water wings. Elsewhere in the spa, instructors lead inventive classes, such as fire hooping, in which circles of flames dance in the air as students learn tricks and flowing moves. Yogis teach three different yoga varieties, and certified massage therapists use warm oils and one of nine different techniques to target deep tension and untie swallowed pretzels.
Ashworth's Beauty Group bestows beauty-seekers and relaxation revelers with a welcoming environment and high-quality, professional product lines for luxurious services and treatments. Slip shoulders into a tension-relieving massage from a licensed massage technician, who uses skilled fingers and pliable palms to work shoulders, backs, and necks until muscles are finally calm enough to get back to their Monopoly game. Ready fingers for a big night out or a haute night in with an application of acrylic nails by an acrylic-nails specialist. For future oceanfront tourists, participants in wintertime lake dunks, and hot-pants enthusiasts, a Brazilian wax with an experienced, professional technician removes hair so quickly it's almost painless, and a cut and style with designer products, such as Paul Mitchell and Joico, tames tresses and ensures manes will roar with pleasure at their glamorous new get-ups.
At Beaute Box, which channels the "feel of a chic Paris apartment" according to the Dayton Daily News, owner Lisa Scott flaunts skills acquired during nearly two decades of salon artistry. The studio began as a mobile beauty service, but has evolved to fill a space crowded with clocks, statuettes of hands, and candlesticks. Brushes cloaked in long-wear Shellac polish glide across nails, and visitors awaiting custom-designed primping parties lounge on low-slung couches. Giggles drift up to the soaring ceilings as youngsters finish pampering treatments and race through the shop, admiring newly colorful digits or attempting to match polish to an imaginary friend's eyes.
Bella Vita Massage Therapy owner and licensed massage therapist Stephanie Swango calls upon the skills she picked up at Dayton School of Medical Massage to soften and soothe muscles. To maximize the therapeutic benefits of each session, she encourages clients to arrive a few minutes early so that a brief consultation and prep does not interfere with the duration of the treatment. After clients lie down on her massage table, she pores over their muscles with a relaxing Swedish massage, which induces relaxation, or deep-tissue massage, which utilizes focused pressure and stretching to relieve the soreness that typically comes from wrestling with a bungee cord.
At her wellness clinic, Joanne Adair employs the millennia-old techniques of holistic ayurvedic medicine to promote well-being. Joanne’s repertoire of traditional treatments includes massage, herbal remedies, and detoxification therapies.