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.
Avail Therapies massage master Angela Thomas communicates with patients to pinpoint muscle knots and pressure points during massages of various styles. During a deep-tissue massage, patrons lounge atop a padded massage chair as Angela targets pains caused by repetitive motions, misalignment, and mammoth-hunting injuries remembered from past lives. For maximum serenity, patrons can opt for a Swedish massage, during which circular strokes, kneading, and light percussive blows aim to enhance mental clarity and flexibility. Alternatively, a relaxation massage lets customers pick and choose methods to release muscles’ accumulated aches, pains, and angst about bodybuilding-competition results.
Licensed skin therapist Casey Durrett draws from her background in clinical aesthetics and education in skincare to heal and rejuvenate precious integumentary tissue. Ably standing alone at the helm, Durrett takes on all the responsibilities of her office by herself, tending to guests one by one without the need for receptionists or other therapists. Each guest relaxes in the enchanting solitude of the spa all on their own, free to contemplate or engage in conversation with the Japanese-inspired lanterns and floor lamps of paper and varnished wood, or the fragrant flowers and towering purple orchid. Gentle volleys of diamonds slough away dead skin cells during microdermabrasion treatments, and specially-formulated chemical peels and downtime-free cold-laser therapy restore visages to a youthful, consistent complexion.