Lily Buckner’s shift to the alternative healing arts was brought on by two life-changing experiences: living in Germany as an au pair and studying with a Peruvian shaman. These experiences gave her a love of the natural world and self-discovery, which she honors through her treatments. During massage-therapy sessions, for instance, she uses organic oils and a compassionate approach to help heal the body, mind, and spirit. Lily also aims to enhance clients’ natural beauty with facial treatments and eyelash extensions.
As director of The Center for Wellbeing, Tanya Edmonds considers herself more of an innkeeper than a CEO, boss, or princess regent. As an innkeeper, she welcomes clients to her sanctuary of physical and emotional healing and oversees a team of holistic bodywork and energy work experts. Their services range from massage, facials, and acupuncture to nutritional counseling, reiki, and intuitive guidance. The center's boutique stocks bath products and lotions chosen for their natural and balancing benefits.
When manning the helm at Skin Care & Body Work Day Spa, owner and licensed aesthetician Laura Hirsh draws from a wealth of wellness knowledge rooted in the study of herbology, aromatherapy, and alchemy. She emphasizes soothing, natural skincare remedies during spa services and the time she spends working with cancer patients to combat the damaging cosmetic effects of chemotherapy and other cancer-fighting medications on their skin. Hirsh relies on the YouRx custom-blended skincare line to perform her menu of skin treatments, as each product comes packed with plant extracts, natural minerals, and the youth-giving tears of an immortal child vampire. Three certified massage therapists practice 12 techniques including pregnancy massage, detox shiatsu, reiki and the signature fassage treatment, which combines full-body Swedish massage with a facial and a back-facial treatment. Before and after these indulgent services, clients can browse a gift boutique lined with skincare products, accessories, jewelry, and handbags from local artists.
The veteran aestheticians at Butterfly Effect Day Spa cosset phalanges with soothing services and Éminence organic skin-care products. Appendages embark on a stress-quelling journey with the mani-pedi, which commences with a hand-and-foot soak followed by a custom nail shaping and cuticle grooming. Afterwards, digits are massaged to fully banish any tension from corporal kingdoms. A toxin-free nail polish or natural buff shine then dances across finger- and toe-faces as smoothly as a ballet dancer glides across a stage lathered in extra-virgin olive oil. Finally, paws rest in a hydrating paraffin dip to seal in the skin softening deal.
The beautifying experts at Eden Body Shaping master non-invasive techniques designed to soothe skin and contour the body's overzealous curves. The one-hour anti-cellulite treatment releases tissue-trapped toxins to stymie cellulite production and sets up striped tents and stages for an old-fashioned epidermal revival. An initial scrub exfoliation rids skin of dead skin cells and freckle shells before an ampule of amino cells replenishes lost proteins. A warm parafango wrap coats bellies and legs with a blend of paraffin wax and mud that draws out unwanted compounds as fatty areas are compressed, resulting in tighter skin and looser-fitting pajamas. Anti-cellulite wraps can be effective in alleviating the symptoms of cellulite, arthritis, and carpal tunnel, as well as reducing the presence of varicose veins. Patients experience no downtime or pain post-procedure, affording the freshly smoothed to immediately volunteer as human slip-n-slides without reason for concern.
The experienced muscle menders at Relax Spa squash stress and pulverize body aches with 60 or 90 minutes of kneading massage. During a deep-tissue session, firm finger and hand pressure treks across the entire body, releasing tension, chasing away stress, and untying muscle knots with the speed and skill of an ambidextrous Eagle Scout. Stress, dehydrated skin, and toxins quiver in fear of the blended essential oils rubbed onto epidermises during the aromatherapy massage. Similarly, the hot-stone massage coats guests with essential oils, but augments the results by warming each visitor's back with smooth stones laid out into precise patterns that melt tension and demonstrate offensive football plays.
The staff at Wax n' Peels swiftly and safely whisks away unwanted hair from even the most sensitive of skin types during customized waxing sessions. Inside the private, chocolate-hued treatment room, guests recline on a plush bed as techs coat designated areas, adhering to a strict no double-dipping policy, with a gentle, low-temperature hard or soft wax. The wax forms a shrink-wrap over strands and their day-old leftovers, plucking them from the root when the technician lifts wax strips away. Clients can use sessions to shape eyebrows and clear lip fuzz, or smooth entire nether regions with a Brazilian.