Founded with the goal of outfitting its pupils with the skills necessary to excel in the spa and salon industries, Milan Institute of Cosmetology deploys a rigorous curriculum that emphasizes professionalism and hands-on learning to train fledgling cosmetologists and aestheticians around the country. As the most important aspect of the course of study, student salons and spas serve as a real-world classroom wherein nascent beauticians—under the careful supervision of their instructors—can practice their newly minted skills on humans or sentient mannequins. The beauty apprentices gussy up patrons head to toe via sundry lavish salon and spa services—specific to each location—that may include nail services, haircare, facials therapeutic massages, or nourishing body wraps.
The sounds of rushing ocean waves or the soft strains of piano music often accompany massage treatments at A Serenity Touch Massage, where massage therapists ensure both physical and mental relaxation. Deep-tissue massages ease chronic pain, while hot stone massages use calming heat to relax stiff muscles stuck in He-Man poses.
Since graduating from the Milan Institute as her class’s salutatorian, Andrea Fouts, owner of Skin Essentials, has never stopped learning new, noninvasive ways to care for the body's largest organ. Adding to the aesthetician's repertoire of standard facials and waxing are technologically advanced answers to fine lines and acne scarring, such as microcurrent face-lifts, LED light therapy, and oxygen-infusion treatments. She and the technicians on her staff also spritz bodies with 100% natural tanning solutions to create bronzed looks for weddings, proms, and spelling bees.
The dedicated massage therapists at 8 Spa Massage knead stressed sinews with traditional Chinese massage strokes and nutrient-rich organic lotions. Ease into a 60- or 90-minute session that undulates between light pressure and deep-tissue kneadings through the use of chi-gong. This ancient Chinese approach focuses on energy, helping the body heal from illness and long naps inside the washing machine. Torso tamers use acupressure points, rubbing, and muscle tapping to relax the body and assist in restoring its natural balance. The treatment's unscented organic lotion soothes the skin and senses with hypoallergenic goodness in the form of jojoba, shea butter, sesame oils, sunflower, and chamomile.
Throughout her two-year stint at a cardiac rehab clinic, Lydia Hernandez met countless patients who suffered from stress and persistent pain. Feeling she could be doing more to help these patients, she founded her own private massage practice, which has since expanded to include a number of massage therapists plus an extra-terrestrial receptionist. The multifaceted staff is proficient in 14 different types of massage modalities. Some methods, such as Swedish, hot-stone, and couples' treatments, are focused on general relaxation and overall well-being, whereas modalities such as deep-tissue, pain-relief, and neuromuscular massage are perfect for those dealing with aches caused by nagging sports injuries and bad backs.
Skin the Day Spa prides itself on exceptional customer service, pampering men and women of all backgrounds, foregrounds, and poregrounds. Stop wasting time with peanut-butter bribes and let one of the spa's experienced aestheticians quickly lure your best face forward with a 55-minute European Facial ($70), including steaming, exfoliation, mask, massage, and extraction as needed. During the approximately 45-minute Natural Warm Cream Manicure ($20), an expert finger-tip rejuvenator will regale your mitten-stuffers with mollycoddling, shaping your nails, cosseting your cuticles, relaxing you with massage, and applying a fresh coat of shiny OPI polish. Finally, kick up your feet and indulge in the approximately 50-minute Pedicure of the Month ($35–$40). The prized pedi builds on all the classic toe techniques (grooming of nails and cuticles, massage, and polish), adding seasonal ingredients into both the water and the mask. May's pedicure features fresh rose petals ($40), while June's treatment tantalizes with tangerine ($35). Future Pedicures of the Month are yet to be determined; call or check the website for more information.