The savvy, dedicated staff at Sabatelli's Golden Salon & Day Spa helps customers achieve sun-kissed skin by coating their bodies in a UV-free tanning solution fortified with antioxidants and pure botanicals. The darkening concoction utilizes Infinity Sun technology, which atomizes various treatment lotions into a mist that precisely anoints epidermises with an even-toned hue over the course of 15 minutes. The procedure affords the opportunity to choose the preferred shade of tan and solution type. A bronze solution strives for instant color, and the clear solution brings out a tan that appears gradually and eventually gives customers the ability to become invisible. If nurtured properly, each tan can last for up to 14 days.
Sapphire Nails and Tanning Salon's seasoned technicians revamp skin and nails with a finesse that has yielded a steady stream of loyal clients for more than 18 years. Staffers gussy up nails with intricate polish designs and acrylic sets, bolstering manicures and pedicures with aromatic scrubs that smell of pomegranate, papaya, and high fives. Facials and massages help rejuvenate weary muscles and complexions, and a fleet of tanning beds cocoon color seekers in low- to high-intensity UV rays. Sunlight pours into the salon's serene environs through a full wall of windows, illuminating cushy pedicure thrones, royal-blue rolling chairs, and a flat-screen TV.
After earning the 2008 S. Roger Horchow Jefferson Award for public service, Edward Jagen opened Michaela's Grotto to provide holistic interventions that help visitors take responsibility for their health and emotional well-being. Jagen's resume reads like the definition of "Renaissance man": holder of a PhD in theology, a master magician, and a former Major Crimes Special Investigator for the Washington D.C. Police. While combating organized crime against mailboxes on the force, Jagen honed his abilities to read people, a skill he combines with a mode of communication called neuro-linguistic reasoning to help his patients recognize patterns in their thoughts and actions. The center is co-owned by massage therapist and medical intuitive Sophia West, who prefers to work in conjunction with her clients' physicians to pick up where Western medicine has proved ineffective. A nutritionist and a hypnotherapist round out the staff and reinforce the center's emphasis on the interconnectedness of mental and physical health.
The heart of the center is an outdoor labyrinth built to channel a positive energy through passageways that burst forth with flowering plants and choruses of Muppets in the summer. Meditation gardens stretch out beyond the labyrinth in a loose network of tranquil pools, sunlit walks, and a gazebo overlooking the center's medieval-castle-style architecture. Inside, a 375-foot sweat lodge and a warm mineral pool soothe visitors with heat, and a shop filled with aromatherapy products and crystals enables them to take home healing tokens of their journey.
Under the guidance of Ramesh G. Patel, a board-certified doctor of internal medicine, the staff at Nivika Medspa beautifies patients with a range of advanced technologies. Technicians harness the power of specialized lasers to help to improve clients’ skin tone, reduce wrinkles, or remove unwanted hairs, and they wield multiple tools—including ultrasound devices and HCG injections—that can assist customers with weight-loss programs. Chemical peels that employ PCA Skin products join forces with FDA-approved facial injections such as Botox and Juvéderm, working to reverse the signs of aging or prolonged exposure to the sun. With a setting as groomed as its clients, Nivika Medspa features sleek, high-contrast furniture and colorful accents of modern artwork.
For nearly a decade, certified aesthetician Grisel Peguero has turned to the bottom of the ocean to foster healthy, glowing complexions. But rather than relying on the skin-sloughing properties of suckerfish, she looks to seaweed and mud: two ingredients that make an appearance during her restorative facials and detoxifying body wraps. Grisel also employs hot paraffin wax to naturally hydrate the skin, as well as essential oils—derived from Mother Nature's personal garden—to ease tension and aches during aromatherapy massages.