The Spa Gregorie team won Spa Finder?s Reader?s Choice award for Best Day Spa of 2011 for rejuvenating skin with Spa Gregorie's botanically enriched product line. Steps away from the spa's tranquil hair salon, Arcona formulas play a central role in the spa's 18 facial treatments while massage clients benefit from fluffy robes and a eucalyptus steam room. But the staff's dedication to well-being doesn't stop with the clients?contributions to the Make a Wish Foundation and multiple cancer research organizations echo this allegiance to communal prosperity, and any nonprofit group or charitable organization may use the Del Mar spa's conference room for free.
In 2011, the International SPA Association honored Spa Gregorie's CEO Angela Cortright with the Dedicated Contributor of the Year award. The press release cites her commitment to well-being and public service beyond her three eucalyptus-scented spas and reveals her favorite quote to be Muhammad Ali's maxim, ?Service to others is the rent we pay for our room here on Earth.? This attitude has earned the company an avalanche of awards, which document the good works of its expert aestheticians, hair designers, and massage therapists.
Electric wall-mounted lights shine against exposed brick walls and marble-topped counters at Hair Lounge at Cedros. But the atmosphere isn't just pomp for look's sake?it's a reflection of the salon's artistic inspiration. Just past the lounge, where hair-care products and scents by Eufora and Davines are on display, the team of master stylists, coloring specialists, and makeup artists are busy working their magic. Using techniques popular in the US and Europe, they perform custom cuts and conditioning, and add vibrancy with single-process coloring and highlights. The salon also specializes in repairing split ends using the Thermo-Marine Bonding System, which binds broken strands and strengthens them with nutrients and tiny Kevlar jackets. Cutting isn't the studio's only method for removing hair, either: for the rest of the body, low-heat, imported French wax moisturizes and soothes as it constricts on the skin to gently lift unwanted hair during waxing.
Skin Alive and its aesthetician school, Mequon Thiensville School of Esthetics, are devoted to the study and practice of skincare. Clients can choose to visit the hands-on student-learning center for aesthetic services performed by students under instructor supervision, or head to the Skin Alive spa for services performed by a licensed professional. Both offer basic beauty services, such as facials, peels, and waxing, but the licensed aestheticians at Skin Alive can also slough off dead skin cells with diamond-tip microdermabrasion, rejuvenate skin with lasers, and vanquish unwelcome hair with laser hair-removal treatments that leave skin smoother than a cue ball smothered in olive oil.
When it comes to wellness, no body is an island. Within each person, complex systems work in concert with one another, but sometimes that interplay gets bogged down or interrupted. Enter the reflexologists at De La Sole Reflexology Spa. Using their knowledge of pressure points on the feet, hands, and ears, they interact with these organs, recalibrating systems through precision bodywork. Their delicate work produces noticeable results; potential benefits include improved circulation, bolstered immune systems, and increased energy. Although therapeutic, these treatments are equally relaxing; foot scrubs or soaks fortified with herbal formulas or natural Himalayan salt blocks soothe away stress collected in some of the body's hardest-working muscles.
Siam Touch's licensed massage therapist, Samak Suiseeya, animates traditional Thai massage techniques gleaned from more than 500 hours of training to relieve stress and aid full-body relaxation. Treat tense muscles and sore skeletons to a 60- or 90-minute Thai herbal massage, which incorporates a variety of soothing techniques—including herbal compresses, acupressure, deep-tissue massage, meditation, assisted yoga, and reflexology—to help patrons achieve higher levels of mental and physical repose. Throughout the intensive, yet relaxing, treatment, the massage therapist makes full use of his hands, thumbs, and arms to break the bonds of internal tension and promptly discard any board games glued to the back. In addition to easing knots and other general aches and pains, the lengthy treatment can also help increase flexibility and circulation.
Body Alchemy Spa’s skilled and licensed aestheticians restore skin to a healthy, glowing sheen. The manual exfoliation of a dermaplaning treatment removes dead cells, fine hairs, and microscopic dust-mite graffiti to reveal lustrous layers of youthful vellum. Most varieties of skinsuit can benefit from this restorative treatment, especially those marked by acne scars, uneven tone, and fine lines or wrinkles.