Inside Team Strongin Athletic Club, Kerri spends her days unraveling knotted muscles and quieting chronic aches. She specializes in Swedish, sports, deep-tissue, hot-stone, and shiatsu modalities, and can massage clients in a hurry while they are seated in a chair or giving her a piggyback ride.
Aside from being ingested by a toddler at some point, mud, clay, ink, and 24-karat gold don’t have much else in common⎯except for helping skin look better. Spa Botanica uses these unlikely ingredients, along with MD Care skincare products, during its roster of facials, body treatments, and henna-tattoo services. A 24-karat gold facial uses a mask made of the rare metal to instantly lift the skin and help prevent wrinkles from settling in. An infrared detoxifying body wrap detoxifies from head to toe, helps reduce the appearance of cellulite, and improves circulation to the skin. Ornate designs temporarily decorate the skin with henna art that can last up to three weeks.
Instead of going to daycare when she was a little girl, Tatyana went to cosmetology school. Technically, her mother was enrolled in the classes, but Tatyana would tag along, thus beginning her first courses in her informal beauty education. Since then, her knowledge has only grown, what with working at a college of beauty, helping helm operations at a Beverly Hills skincare line, and continuing to learn through regular classes, world travel, and brain osmosis.
During her career in the industry, Tatyana has kept a philosophy that fuses Western technology with Eastern philosophy. It's a credo that views the spa not as a luxury but as a way of life, a preventive therapy meant to inspire an embrace of health. At her spa, Tatyana nurtures this idea with skincare services such as microdermabrasion and peels, body treatments such as sugar and salt polishing, and facial treatments that cleanse and exfoliate the skin that no longer serves you. Éminence Organics skincare products, Jane Iredale makeup, and other premium products line the spa's shelves, waiting patiently for a loving home.
Like a gorgon who only wants a friend to join her staring contest, certified and licensed massage therapist James "Dragon" Colley—who goes by the nickname "Dragon"—is the friendliest sort of beast. He doesn't breathe fire, he brings the heat when it comes to massage therapy. This solo-performing certified and licensed massage therapist relieves ailments such as muscle soreness, back pain, stress, and headaches. James also incorporates several hands-on methods, including Swedish massage, deep-tissue massage, and Reiki. Additionally, he enhances the effects of his treatments by employing acupressure and shiatsu techniques whenever necessary.
With her masterful Swedish strokes, massage therapist Rachael Whitaker relieves bodies of muscular tension and stress, while simultaneously boosting circulation and relaxing breathing. Far from limited to one methodology, her skills range from the delicate kneads of prenatal massage to the more intensive pressure of deep tissue massage. A graduate of the Milan Institute of Cosmetology, Rachael is likewise not just limited to the art of massage therapy. At her eponymous studio, she uses hi-end beauty products to buff nails during pedicures and smoothen skin with cucumber facials that help purify and refresh skin.
Honey is not only sweet, but it also can help to relieve stress. When massage therapist Tammy Torres at Body Envy Massage gets her hands in the honey jar, it takes on this stress-relieving role during her signature honey-based massage treatments. Tammy also fights tensions with the long, gliding strokes of Swedish massage and offers invigorating body scrubs that leave skin looking and feeling as soft and smooth as a bear dressed as a seal for Halloween.