Licensed massage therapist Selena Hotchkiss combines three-to-four types of massage to better assuage body aches and relieve stress. She individually tailors Swedish massages, a beginner-friendly modality that uses long strokes and varying pressures, and deep-tissue massages, a form of bodywork that relieves tension in the deeper layers of tissue. Her trigger-point-therapy massages release built-up tension in trigger points, and her stretching treatments help individuals recover from strains, muscles tears, or dislocated shoulders caused by doing the wave with too much enthusiasm.
Unlike other salons?where waxing is an option hidden among manicures, facials, and massages from a galloping herd of tiny horses?the licensed aestheticians at Waxing the City do nothing but remove unwanted body hair with wax. They specialize in the waxing process the salon's dubbed Cerology, performed with hard wax from Belgium or soft wax from Spain that's crafted especially for the studio. The type of wax the aestheticians reach for depends on the sensitivity and size of the area.
What began in 2003 as a one-room studio has expanded to more than 20 locations nationwide, with each salon mirroring the original's modern, loft-like feel, with details such as granite countertops and leather chairs in waiting areas. As the company's grown, so has its list of awards, including being lauded as the best place to get a Brazilian by the Dallas Observer in 2013. The press have also noticed Waxing the City's no-tipping policy (the St. Paul Pioneer Press calls this convenience a "bonus"). Instead, the company prefers that customers pass on word-of-mouth recommendations and bring in sculptures carved from now-unneeded razors for display.
A trio of beauty veterans oversees services at Accolades Salon Spa, making clients feel at ease as a team of experienced stylists, aestheticians, and nail techs performs pampering services inside the Highland Park beauty haven. Stylists improve coifs with precision cuts and straightening treatments using Aveda and Clean Enhanced Organics products. Clients reclining in the spa's private treatment rooms enjoy brow tints, eyelash extensions, and custom massages expertly executed by aestheticians who pack their beauty belts full of seven Arigato skincare products, which are chemical-free and only contain a maximum of four ingredients.
Back on the salon floor, nail techs embellish hands and feet with organic mani-pedis that sheathe fingertips and toes with colorful layers of OPI polishes and CND base- and top coats. Feet wading in the warm waters of a pedi throne basin can take their time as the chair's massage and heat settings melt back muscles into pools of butter. Accolade also provides man-centric services such as hot-towel shaves, as well as advanced cosmetic injections performed by an onsite doctor.
Owner Chris Richmond had one goal: simple holistic health care. That's why he engineered Awaken For Wellness to have a diversity of holistic health offerings under a single roof. In the comfort of a private room, clients can find relief from body tension with a variety of massage modalities, including Deep Tissue, Swedish, Craniosacral, and Shiatsu. Clients can also retreat into a private infrared sauna to stimulate tissues, muscles, organs, and joints?which can result in a strengthened immune system and increased muscle strength by enriching the tissues with oxygen. Awaken for Wellness also offers massage therapy services and sauna services. These other offerings and services are through independent businesses located inside Awaken for Wellness.
When it comes to hair, there isn't much that stylist Christine can't do. She cuts, colors, and styles hair with an expert's touch, and even offers a full menu of texturizing services that includes perms, keratin hair-smoothing treatments, and folding hair into origami swans. Christine works out of Cyd and Friends Salon, a contemporary space on a quiet, tree-lined street.