A stroll through La Rouge Spalon & Boutique is a promenade back in time. In the waiting room, a cherry-red leather sofa and black shelves inspire modernity; in another room, the proprietors channel the 1950s with striped walls and checkered floors. In a separate makeup room, six round palettes of foundation and eye shadow rise up from a table like the drum set of a 1980s hair band from the stage. This diverse variety of styles characterizes La Rouge Spalon, which embraces the changing times with sleek cuts and bold color highlights tailored to client preference. Healing wraps and infrared sauna sessions help detoxify the body while promoting relaxation and weight loss. Clients may also solicit La Rouge for a chip-resistant Shellac manicure, or nix unwanted hair from upper lips with a private waxing session.
Hugged by the soothing arms of the Smoky Mountain foothills, The Spa at Oak Haven offers a variety of deluxe spa services in a picturesque log-cabin environment. Fit for even the weariest lumberjacks and lumberjanes, the almost heaven massage ($75/60 minutes) eases tension and improves circulation according to your personal pressure preference. A deep cleansing facial ($85/60 minutes) reduces blemishes and unclogs pores, leaving your face silky and smooth as a baby seal. Rest atop a spa chair while treating your toes to the ice cream pedicure ($65), which features a flavored fizzing bath of oils, minerals, and fragrances. Sherbet exfoliants scrub out impurities while one of three foot masks—caramel, chocolate-hazelnut, or marshmallow—sweetens the deal. While your mouth chomps on a frozen treat of its own, the process finishes with a foot and leg massage with hydrating body icing and the application of toenail polish to match your new flannel shirt and bright-blue pet ox.
Rick Verastegui is a jack-of-all-trades. As a kid, Rick could be spotted marching around his yard holding a trashcan above his head, imitating either bodybuilder Charles Atlas or the neighborhood's most muscular garbage man. Although he eventually set the trashcan down, Rick never lost his passion for health. He carried that into adolescence and adulthood, earning a black belt in karate, playing football, and becoming a certified personal trainer.
In between all of that, Rick found time to earn his master's degree in business, plus degrees in Spanish, government, and economics—all of which he taught at some point. Still, fitness remained an integral part of his life. Rick expanded on his already lengthy resumé by becoming a nationally certified massage therapist, a skill he practices extensively at Unearth the Power. Rick also provides weight-training, stretching, and bodywork services, all while using his diverse background to connect with clients.
The staff at Modern Wellness knows that knowledge is power—although it won't turn on your TV or cell phone, it can help to uncover what allergens your body reacts to, where your grandparents were born, or how your body loses weight most efficiently. Through general-health and wellness tests—including anemia panels and diabetes scans—technicians can discover potential bodily issues before they become debilitating conditions or stats on next year’s office baseball cards. Staff physicians can also use this info to tailor weight-loss programs to each body’s particular needs. Technicians use their lab prowess for other investigative work, as well—drug testing at the facility equips clients with the paperwork that a number of employers require before making hiring decisions.