"Touch can be healing," says Donna Medley, proprietor of CovRing Day Spa. Indeed, Donna uses the word “heal” often when she talks about the events that inspired her to open the spa. Her son dealt with prolonged medical problems, and the family worked together to nurse him back to health. This, she says, pushed the long-time cosmetologist to pursue the wellness aspect of her training, and soon she'd shuttered both her Maryland salons and focused on opening CovRing Day Spa.
Donna thought in terms of healing potential when designing the spa itself. The space is awash in the restorative colors of the earth, from the grass green in the mani-pedi room to the lounge painted in the same cerulean shades of the sky and naturally occurring groups of blue musicians. The healing power of olive oil infuses all of the spa's Swedish massages, facials, and mani-pedis. To Donna, the olive oil symbolizes an anointing, and because she used it when caring for her son, it recalls his healing, reminding her every day why she chose this path.
DLT Massage owner Diane Liechti tasks her soul-mending mitts to the sustainable healing and active lifestyle attainable through therapeutic massage. Suited to the specific needs of each client, Diane’s 60-minute rubdowns can incorporate a medley of modalities to bolster vitality and stamina while imparting relaxation and relief from workdays spent losing baseball wagers to the strangely prescient fax machine. Swedish techniques relieve tension while revitalizing spirits, and neuromuscular and trigger-point bodywork flush out pintsize pain pockets to eradicate chronic discomfort and increase mobility. Ideal for improving posture and soothing overworked muscles, myofascial techniques deploy a gradual amplification of sustained stretching pressure that straightens up slouchers quicker than the stern glare of Martin Van Buren.
Relax in Belue's warm, earth-toned quarters as specialist Jody Means used all-natural Aveda and Yon-ka products to customize a facial for your particular skin type. The deluxe facial includes cleansing, exfoliation, and extraction, as well as a steaming treatment and a mask, and concludes with an arm, neck, shoulder, spirit animal, and scalp massage. Faces leave feeling balanced and fresh, no longer burdened by rough peeling skin or slippery peeling bananas. Book an appointment online.
Vogue Salon & Spa's expert digit dresser outfits fingertips and footpads with sheen during soothing manicures and pedicures. As clients relax under a comforting volley of appendage-appeasing treatments, Kelly shapes, buffs, and polishes nails to a healthy, shiny gloss. Brief soaks prepare keratin shields for the sculpting, and relaxing massages with hot lotion for fingers and hot stones for toes relieve aches from hardworking digits, sore from racing each other to finish typing their memoirs. In addition to beautifying and pampering deserving nails and toetips, Vogue Salon & Spa rewards eyes with a stylish décor of art-flecked walls, warm lighting, earth-toned furnishings, and armchairs that perform Cirque du Soleil routines.
If eyes are the windows to the soul, then aesthetician Amber Gladden is a master curtain designer. As a Dermalogica skincare expert, she thrives at tending to pores, but her favorite facial feature is a lush crop of eyelashes. That's why she founded Bloom Lash Boutique, a beauty shop dedicated to lash enhancement. Here, she can tint them, curl them, or make them extra long, like the train of a dachshund's wedding gown. Her specialty is Xtreme Lashes, semipermanent extensions that give natural lashes a thick, full look. While the client kicks back in a reclining chair, Amber attaches each strand to a single lash, about 1 millimeter from the eyelid. Though this process can last up to two hours, it prevents clumping and promotes fluttering. Each eye receives 60–120 extensions, which require a touchup every two to three weeks.
Penny Wheeler always knew she was destined to be a hairstylist, and so she began taking classes while still in high school. Since then, she's built up a wall of credentials that includes a degree from the Charleston School of Beauty Culture, training from Redken, and cosmetology licenses in West Virginia, South Carolina, and New York. Her love of learning and passion for helping others reinvent themselves inspire her to seek out ongoing training in the latest techniques. Her specialties include expert cuts and coloring services, for which she favors the use of Redken Color Fusion products, as they conceal gray hairs and budding antlers.