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.
A wildly successful alternative to traditional day spas—its more than 300 locations blanket 36 states and half a dozen countries—Planet Beach Contempo Spa is a futuristic relaxation station where state-of-the-art machines administer all the spa and tanning services. These friendly automatons sometimes replace familiar treatments, such as the Luminous facial, a light-based service that delivers blemish-busting results similar to those of a conventional facial. But other equipment maps out new spa territory entirely: the Hydro-Derma Fusion chamber moisturizes the whole body with nutrient-rich steam in order to offset the effects of a dry climate or a rear-end collision with a salt truck. Other machines whiten teeth, spray-tan skin, and massage muscles.
Planet Beach operates on a gym-style membership system, meaning members purchase packages or pay flat monthly rates. As members spend more time at the spa, they get to know the helpful assistants who are always on hand to demonstrate how to use the equipment without activating its ability to cry.
Healing starts from the inside out. That is what the trained hydrotherapists at ClearWater Colonics preach as they keep bodies healthy through detoxifying colonics, spa treatments, and healing energy therapies. Colonics aid the natural cleansing processes of the liver, kidneys, and digestive tract by gently removing impacted matter and impurities using a continuous flow of UV-filtered water. Each session on the Colenz open-system machine—which uses disposable hoses and speculums—encourages a better-functioning colon and can also help decrease bloating, headaches, and fatigue. The clinic also provides less invasive detox treatments, including an aloe vera clay body mask, a mineral soak for the hands and feet, and jikiden reiki sessions, which restore depleted energy levels using an ancient hands-on technique and a replacement set of AA batteries.
Nailing a job interview, taking a spiritual retreat, and heading out for a night with friends—these disparate activities all work to boost one’s Oola. Fun to say and satisfying to achieve, you attain Oola when several core factors of your life are thriving. Oola might mean that you’re feeling good about your fitness level, finances, career, faith, or relationship with your family, friends, and ant-farm residents. The folks at Oola hope to boost Oola levels nationwide by helping their clients map out their life’s goals and how they will go about achieving them. The service also boosts Oola quotients by introducing their members to cool businesses and offering discounts on services including massages, fitness, and mani-pedis.
Every staff member at ProSkin Esthetics and Laser Center boasts one of two titles: Aveda-trained aesthetician or nationally certified laser specialist. Some even tout both. Their dual skills allow the spa to offer clients both naturally derived and technologically advanced beauty services. Guests can opt to schedule a free consultation before any of these treatments, though the specialists require it before they will expose age spots, unwanted hair, or tattoos to the spa's FDA-approved lasers. Aestheticians also set a mandate with their facials—all clients will receive an upper-body, hand, and arm massage as skincare products nourish needy pores and directionally challenged skincare products nourish nearby pillowcases.
Rather than treating individual symptoms, IHS's Doctor of Chiropractic Kevin Schneider seeks out the root source of persistent back, neck, and muscular pain. After mining spines for intel with thorough evaluations and x-rays, he applies precise and gentle adjustments to vertebral misalignments, whipping backbones into perfectly upright baluster dowels. The doctor designs a complete chiropractic-and-wellness program targeted to each client's needs, recommending corrective exercises to be performed at home and pointing patients to optimum health through the clinic's other services, including lifestyle and nutritional counseling, massage therapy, and acupuncture.