Dr. Margaret Smiechowski designed Serenity Salt with temperatures and humidity levels that mimic those of natural salt caves in the Ukraine, where salt therapy originated. In this cave, though, soothing music fills the air, and the walls, floors, and even the air are awash in pure, pink-hued Himalayan salt rather than Ukrainian sodium chloride. An estimated 12,000 pounds of Himalayan salt encompasses the room, bearing 84 minerals and trace elements. All of them enrich skin and flow through respiratory systems, killing bacteria and fighting ailments that range from allergies or bronchitis to depression.
Licensed massage therapist Lisa Ambuehl believes too many people rely on medication to get rid of pain. With multiple massage modalities at her disposal, she aims to help clients kick pills to the curb by increasing blood circulation and releasing entrenched toxins. Strokes modulate between gentle and flowing to firm, deep-tissue kneading—both of which can help minds forget stress triggers without erasing video game cheat codes.
Inside this relaxing oasis, a team of beauty experts pampers clients from head to toe with invigorating treatments for the skin, body, and hair. Aestheticians tailor facials to counter skin-specific woes, keeping faces smooth with add-ons such as enzyme masks, glycolic peels, or waxing. During massage sessions, therapists soothe muscle aches with Swedish, sports, or four-handed massage therapy, which enlists the help of either two therapists or one well-trained dog. Split ends hit the floor in the salon, where talented stylists turn out freshly cut, colored, and styled coifs. Beyond these three pillars of beauty, Cottage Spa also tends to nails with a coat of vibrant polish or long-lasting gel.
Before she launched Bodyworks Massage, Jennifer Snelgrove racked up 900 classroom hours at Georgia Career Institute—that's 400 hours above the state requirement. During these hours, she fine-tuned her skills and honed her intuition, becoming a master of massage therapy. Snelgrove works alongside Melanie Ward, a fellow overachiever who possesses more than 900 hours of anatomy and hands-on education. They practice modalities that range from long, soothing Swedish strokes to targeted deep-tissue manipulations. Regardless of technique, their bodywork sessions induce a deep sense of tranquility and cause muscles to slacken like carolers after New Year's.
A Touch of a Feather Day Spa owner Connie has loved helping people look and feel their best since she was a child. Today, guided by a focus on her clients' whole experience, she pours that passion into the diverse array of facials, massage, and nailcare services she performs. In an effort to continually expand her abilities, Connie recently added face-lifts and anticellulite treatments to her skill set.
Connie's team lavishes classic spa treatments and specialized services, such as oncology massage therapy, onto patrons in a dimly lit atmosphere. They even allow guests to customize their treatments by using an add-on menu, which includes aromatherapy and scalp massages.
Licensed massage therapist Anji Cruz is a believer in the positive effect of bodywork on the mind. Each strategically placed knead has the power to release endorphins, calm the psyche, or boost sudoku proficiency. Anji is skilled at many different massage modalities, including deep-tissue and Swedish work.