Some seek Pilates for weight loss or a toned body, and others for stress relief and overall wellbeing. But Erica Lukes was drawn to the mat to recover from a horseback-riding injury in the early '90s. As her pain subsided and her range of motion returned through her practice, she became compelled to help others reap the benefits of the core-strengthening workout, earning her certification as a Pilates instructor, and eventually helming Total Body Pilates. Now, she guides students of all fitness levels through Pilates, ballet barre, and Zumba classes to achieve their fitness and wellness goals. She helps them to build long, lean muscles through mat- and machine-based Pilates, in which students work on a special machine consisting of ropes and pulleys designed to add extra resistance to each movement, resulting in the lithe limbs and toned muscles of a gym cat, the natural predator of the ubiquitous gym rat.
At Zen Massage, relaxation sets in long before patrons recline on one of its plush massage tables. Meticulously arranged by the resident feng shui master, century-old paintings, votives, and undulating colored accent lights wash over visitors' senses with a meditative calm. Inside private treatment rooms, solo or tandem therapists care for weary muscles using the deep kneads and therapeutic stretches of their medically informed proprietary technique. In-room aromatherapy and Audiophile sound systems, meanwhile, create a soothing atmosphere, further enhanced by complimentary flowering teas or Olympic dismounts from a top-mounted ashiatsu bar.
For years, Melinda Ashley would stroll past an empty storefront in downtown Salt Lake City, daydreaming that the space was a chic, contemporary salon. Today, Melinda has made that dream come true—she’s added bright polka dots to the floors once covered with dusty carpets and have accented the soft baby-blue walls with lustrous silver styling chairs. At each station, Melinda and her squadron of skilled stylists wield Bumble and bumble products as they snip, sculpt, smooth, and colorize manes. The team also waxes chins and lips, as well shapes eyebrows to prime facial canvases for professional makeup applications.
Tucked within E-Clips Salon & Boutique, Beautiful Transformations lives up to its name by revamping clients’ looks with permanent cosmetics, eyelash extensions, and waxing services for women and men. Permanent-makeup artists can help to define facial features—such as the fading lips and brows—by inking natural pigments into the dermal layer of the skin. They can also add fluttering, flattering effects to the eyes with individual synthetic-mink lash extensions, which are designed to be applied one by one to the natural lashes.
The pampering skincare performed at Beautiful You extends beyond its doors. The spa’s therapists aspire to give the very best in skincare, and that means teaching clients how to care for their skin at home. Within their nook inside Square One Fitness, they provide massage therapy, tanning, body wraps, and facial treatments to clients, who also learn at-home skincare and receive detentions of they come back as Medusa.
Armed with potent skincare products from such brands as Exuviance and Hempz Body Care, Melia Joy brings a youthful glow to clients of all skin types and aesthetic aspirations. Her salon treats bodies from head to toe with classic services such as peels and facials in addition to specialized care for male clients, brides-to-be, and brides-to-wear-open-toed-shoes-to-the-wedding.