From the muscle-burning exertion of a personal-training session to the tension melting luxury of a Swedish massage, Solera Health Club & Spa furnishes everything a body needs to stay primed and polished. Three separate rooms filled with cardio machines, resistance machines, and free weights make up the health club, where personal trainers lead individuals through tailored routines designed to help them reach their fitness goals. To chisel the body for less dough, group personal-training classes give the same guidance as one-on-one sessions by giving each student one minute on each machine, creating a regimen akin to a relay race or a speed-dating session with the Transformers.
It's a different experience in the spa, where massage therapists and aesthetic experts help melt away the pain of strenuous workouts with a host of soothing treatments. Nine types of massage incorporate aromatherapeutic oils or warm volcanic stones to send muscles into a blissful stupor. Body wraps, scrubs, and facials, meanwhile, draw out impurities from the skin to leave exteriors hydrated and youthful.
After years in the corporate world, Natalie Harrison decided to use her business acumen to follow her real dream—become an aesthetician and open her own spa. Now, along with her staff at The Lash Loft Salon & Spa, Natalie brightens clients’ lives with lavish, painstakingly performed beauty treatments. Natalie’s deft fingers, no longer relegated to boring cubicle keyboards, demonstrate their precision as she meticulously applies Xtreme Lashes extensions to her clients’ fringe, lash by lash, for an overall glamorous effect. In earth-toned treatment rooms, her team of aestheticians and stylists pampers clients with Bioelements facials and couture haircuts and extensions. Natalie practices a commitment to natural, effective products throughout the salon’s repertoire of services, including waxes, which are performed with soy-based Nufree Nudesse to remove hair at the root while earning the respect of eco-conscious polar bears the world over. After hours, The Lash Loft hosts pampering parties to educate guests about beauty techniques and products over martinis or light refreshments.
Blue Nile Spa’s colon hydrotherapy cleanses and detoxifies bodily plumbing while promoting healthier digestion and nutrient absorption. During each 30- to 45-minute procedure, technicians douse pipes with 20–35 gallons of purified water supplied by the gentle LIBBE system, freeing bodies from toxins, plaque buildup, and antique bubblegum collections. Sessions conclude with a toast-ready quaff, as patients guzzle an electrolyte-rich tincture to keep cells happily hydrated. At the end of each session, good bacteria move back into their newly renovated real estate, aiding digestion while debating the feasibility of installing a satellite dish.
Imagine someone approaches with a smoothie made of organic peaches, blueberries, or mangoes, but instead of offering you a taste they gently spread its contents across your forehead and massage the sweet aromas into your skin. This surreal daydream happens daily at Pure Elegance Spa, where aestheticians devoted to organic skincare nourish complexions with their six signature fruit-smoothie facials and other treatments designed to nurse skin to optimal health. Oxygen therapy revives dull skin in tandem with parsley and cucumber, and microdermabrasion promotes cellular turnover deep within the dermis using an exfoliant of pears and poppy seeds. Beyond edible ingredients, many services also blend in products by Éminence Organic Skin Care—a Hungarian line that heals signs of aging and ushers toxins from the face and body without relying on chemicals or additives.
Those who prefer to save their appetite for later can skip the chocolate and margarita manicures in favor of airbrush makeup or waxing services that clear away fuzz on the face and body. Ocular enhancements include Xtreme Lashes eyelash extensions that add natural-looking drama, as well as an eye rescue treatment that aims to save peepers from puffiness, crow's feet, and madcap pokes from nearby Stooges.
Licensed massage therapist Michelle Francis, owner of Take a Moment 4 U, believes in the healing power of taking a moment to relax. That's why she offers a range of 60 to 90 minute massage sessions including Swedish, therapeutic, aromatherapy, and warm-stone massage. Along with massage, Francis also pampers her clients with body scrubs, spa manicures and pedicures, and essential-oil body wraps.
Eight therapists and one esthetician man an intimate neighborhood practice in southern St. Louis, relaxing clients inside a sunny storefront with three treatment rooms or bringing their chairs to corporate events and parties. The team capably treats varying conditions by employing a host of modalities, including deep-tissue massage for chronic pain, prenatal massage for mother-and-child wellness, and hot-stone massage for slowly immunizing the body against magma. They also offer wide variety of spa, body treatment, facial services, and waxing treatments. As the pressure of thumbs penetrates the skin, body treatments, such as the seaweed-algae mask and the Dead Sea–mud mask, replenish dermal surfaces with organic goodies and help revitalize all of the body's tissues.