As a spin instructor, triathlete, and marathoner, Sandy Sulikowski knows about postworkout aches. So does Susan Leo, an aquatics instructor and competitive swimmer. The two are not only athletes, 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]]
Sun Tan City's tanning centers house an armada of bronzing vehicles designed to polish bodies, rain or shine. Tanners can burrow into the belly of any of four levels of tanning beds for 10- to 20-minute bronzing sessions. Fast-level beds slowly steep skin with a solid base tan, and Instant-level beds boldly bronze pelts with a larger ratio of UVA bulbs, coaxing melanin out with paparazzi-like attention and promises of leading roles. VersaSpa sunless, open-air booths airbrush epidermises with a water-soluble plant-based solution that goes on evenly, resists staining clothes, and, unlike rolling around in a puddle of fudge, darkens skin without leaving a sticky residue.
Armed with current techniques for properly maintaining noggin lawns, Regis Salons' network keeps clients’ hair in order as dictated by the latest trends. Manage mane health with a deep-conditioning treatment, haircut, and blow-dry (starting at $40; prices vary by location) that infuse cuticles with currents of aqueous confidence before a stylist clips tresses into a head-hedge that beautifully complements scalp-garden pathways. A perm ($70+) adds a twist to locks normally on the straight-and-narrow, and follicle aficionados can spruce up dull strands with a hair coloring ($55+), highlights ($75+), or strategically placed tinsel.
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.
Though licensed massage therapist Julie Arbogast runs the show alone at Touch of Serenity, she tackles a wide scope of ailments related to stress or injury. She draws upon years of experience as she practices gentle modalities such as Swedish and prenatal massage, as well as hot-stone treatments that help to melt tension and ice-cream headaches. Deep-tissue massages soften overused muscles, increasing range of motion and decreasing pain.