Timeless Journey Day Spa hypnotizes clients into relaxation with a half dozen massage treatments and a range of spa services. Licensed massage therapists Susan Olsen and Chelsea Nielsen invite patrons to lounge across the massage bed and relax under the long and flowing strokes of a Swedish massage or the muscle-stretching kneads of deep-tissue therapy. The duo also offers prenatal treatments for expectant mothers and sports massages for athletes and cardboard cutouts of athletes. Meanwhile, aesthetician Kristin Nielsen handles surface troubles with acne- and wrinkle-combatting chemical peels and microdermabrasion treatments, as well as waxing for the face and body.
The goal at Solitude Massage isn't just to temporarily relieve pain—it's also to help clients change their lives so the pain doesn’t return. To that end, the company's licensed therapists follow their custom massages with exercise suggestions and nutrition assistance, as well as advice on how to offend bears so they won't hug you. Not that the treatments aren't plenty attractive on their own. Trigger-point and structural-integration massages call on intense kneading to quell chronic pain, and hot towels and dōTerra essential oils add to the experience. Clients can also solicit a therapist for offsite shiatsu bodywork during such events as corporate parties or long waits at the ATM.
At Envy Sun Tanning, beds and booths mimic the sun inside a controlled environment. Set to Levels 1-4, machines from Santa Barbara, Pacifica, X2 Solarix, and Sun Up II warm bodies to a sunny glow by showering them with luminous beams. Meanwhile, Mystic Tan equipment kisses bodies with a golden sheen using a spray that creates the look of a gold-plated suit of armor without the help of UV rays.
Tobey Webb, the massage therapist behind 4 luv of Massage, brings pained sinews back into bodily harmony with a diverse repertoire of modalities. The Swedish technique relieves stress and soothes aches with gentle strokes, hot-stone massage uses smooth stones, and cranial massage employs head and tailbone holds that can ease headaches, sinus issues, and ear infections. Tobey also renders reflexology to heal the body by way of the hands and feet, and 10 sessions of structural massage can realign the body more quickly than Europe realigned after people started talking about the body politic.
Life Salon and Spa is an Aveda-concept salon stocked to its exposed industrial piping with a skilled staff and a bevy of beautifying services. The nature massage is a 60-minute, personally tailored treatment that uses a variety of massage techniques to seek out and eradicate the poltergeists, hobgoblins, and writhing dybbuks haunting your musculature. A variety of aromas, specifically chosen for their relaxing and rejuvenating qualities, is also integrated into the massage for an experience that smells as good as it feels. The botanical resurfacing facial also lasts one hour and uses a tourmaline radiance refiner to excavate frontal pores and a tourmaline radiance mask to gently encourage the face to spread its beautiful cheekfeathers. Whichever treatment you choose, you'll leave Life Salon and Spa with your muscular fibers singing as harmoniously as a barbershop quartet, instead of screeching like the lead singer in a Norwegian death-metal barbershop quartet.
The curriculum at Elase Academy is a well-rounded look at what it takes to be a salon professional—maybe because cofounder Carrie Brinton isn’t just a skincare expert but also a business owner who employs more than 20 master aestheticians herself. Thanks to her influence, students learn the principles of customer service, business operations, and sales at the same time as they practice their aesthetics skills at the school’s onsite spa. Brinton’s staff of experienced instructors supervises students as they treat clients to spa services both traditional and trendy. Students perform facials, chemical peels, nail services, and waxing to cover their classic treatment bases, and man ultramodern lasers to oust unwanted hair, moles, and tracking devices from the skin.