As a spin instructor, triathlete, and marathoner, Sandy Sulikowski knows about postworkout aches. So does Danni Lewis, a personal trainer. The two are not only athletically-minded, but also licensed massage therapists. They are joined by fellow licensed massage therapist Tyler Langill at Peak Performance Therapeutic Massage, where they provide pain and stress relief to clients. They offer everything from sports massages for competitors like themselves to gentle Swedish and hot-stone massages to deep-tissue massages, which rely on heavier pressure to break down tension in low-lying muscles. They offer a variety of other services as well, including reiki, polarity therapy, and reflexology, which soothe clients from the inside out.
Aesthetician Heather Genschel has carved out a niche of therapeutic skincare and relaxation at Sunshine Spa Treatments. The spa is sequestered in a brick loft overseen by The Studio at Island Point, so named for its location on an island on the Saco River Reservoir that is in turn balanced on an infinite stack of turtles. There, Heather refreshes skin exclusively with Bioelements products, which she deploys in tandem with the Jane Iredale therapeutic-cosmetics line to refine complexions and accent facial features. Her skin treatments can be likened to nesting dolls, with layered, surprise niceties such as massages or aromatherapy that collectively support an aim, such as cleansing skin on the back or uncovering a tattoo of a matryoshka.:m]]
Operating out of Curl Up and Dye, stylist Taylor Doyon offers a respite from bad hair days with a repertoire of face-flattering cut and coloring services. Taylor utilizes product brands, such as Paul Mitchell, Redken, and Matrix, to cultivate subtle or bold highlights. Or, she can help clients get ready for a special occasion with updo hairstyles and shellac manicures that imbue long-lasting color and shine. Clients are also free to explore the salon's other specialties, which include waxing, Eurobronze tanning, or feather hair extensions, which are a growing trend amongst bald eagles.
The professionals at A New Leaf Salon & Spa provide beauty and massage services in a peaceful surrounding. As natural light pours into the large windows, stylists remove split ends and add vibrant color to hair. Nail technicians meticulously groom fingers and toes, and skincare specialists cleanse pores and remove dead cells to reveal glowing skin. After clients enjoy a glass of wine or warm cup of tea, massage therapists and reiki practitioners diffuse tension and improve range of motion with reiki sessions, deep-tissue work, or heated-stone massages.
Along with a decade of beauty-industry experience, The Getaway Salon and Beauty Bar's owner, Irish Nason, pours a lifetime of passion into her "once a dream, now a reality" full-service salon. The home-like space, bedecked with shabby-chic decor and soft pastel hues, invites clients of all ages into a beauty haven where friendly stylists snip and clip strands into flattering ’dos. The hair mavens can further beautify coifs with an all-over color, highlights, or Keratin Complex treatment. The beauty team also assists with bodily evictions—ousting hair with wax and banishing tension with tailored massages.
Since she opened her first salon at the tender age of 19, Susan Lowell has accumulated 40 years of experience in the beautifying business. Joined by her daughter Ashley Lowell, who has been a stylist and nail technician since 2009, today Susan oversees the strand-pampering crew at her eponymous beauty parlor, Susie's Salon and Barbershop. Within its walls, stylists perform haircuts, color locks with foils and highlights, and swirl curls into updos for special events. Meanwhile, nail techs bend diligently over fingers and toes, buffing and shaping nails before swathing skin in mineral-rich paraffin dips or moisturizing serums distilled from pure compliments.