Oasis Dream Spa's staff aims to offer guests a Parisian-themed refuge from everyday life with facials, revitalizing body wraps, and mani-pedis that, in keeping with the spa's theme, include complimentary French tips. The massage therapists are skilled in nearly a dozen massage modalities, enabling them to stimulate circulation and relaxation with Swedish massages, relieve pregnancy symptoms with prenatal massages, or help snowmen lose weight with hot-stone massages. Oasis Dream Spa's fat and cellulite reduction treatments target trouble spots through a variety of methods, including radio frequency devices, which break down fatty cells and stimulate collagen production for smoother, firmer tummies, hips, or thighs.
Acupuncture and Massage College helps its surrounding communities in two ways: by teaching students the art of pain and stress relief through therapeutic treatments and by empowering those students to treat those in need. With guidance from experienced instructors, students learn the various techniques of ancient acupuncture and massage, both in the classroom and in the field. Patients can come to the college and bid adieu to their aches and worries by lying down in a treatment room and be treated by a supervised learning practitioner. Students shoo away pain with 50-minute acupuncture treatments or massage sessions, customized to address problematic areas or work around any ventriloquist dummies clients refuse to put down.
At Elements Massage, it's OK to put your own needs first. In fact, it's encouraged: each of the center's holistic healers makes it their mission to provide care personalized to your specific needs. In order to find out what those needs are, the massage therapists listen closely to clients' descriptions of any problem areas or health conditions. Then, they set to work alleviating aches and pains with custom massage strokes.
The treatments at Elements Massage span a wide range of modalities to meet every massage need. If you're experiencing everyday stress, the therapists might suggest a light relaxation massage. Alternatively, if you're plagued by chronic pain, muscle knots, or tenderness from new wings sprouting on your shoulders, you might benefit from a deep-tissue or trigger-point massage.
We spoke with Jack Macaluso?Regional Social Media and Web Coordinator at Beauty Schools of America?about how the academies prepare students for careers in the real world and why it's important for the schools to give back to their communities.
On the schools' mission
Above all else, Jack says that the schools "try to focus and harness the students' creativity," while giving them all of the experience and practical skills they need not simply to be prepared to enter the work force, but to succeed and thrive. The relatively lengthy training programs ensure that aspiring stylists, cosmetologists, makeup artists, barbers, and massage therapists fully understand the intricacies of their chosen specialty, as well as what they need to do to continue advancing their future career according to Jack.
On the role of the instructors
With a roster of instructors that includes industry professionals with international spa and salon experience, Beauty Schools of America strives to give attendees a broad view of the numerous options open to them. Jack is also clear that the teachers' guidance isn't limited to classroom environments. When the advanced-level students are allowed hone their talents by performing treatments for actual clients, "an instructor or two will always be there to assist and answer questions," he says.
On the products that the students use during treatments
Students use brand name products like Moroccanoil, Sojourn, Nioxin, and others. Working alongside their instructors at modern service stations, these stylists use these products to craft en vogue cuts, color, styling and therapeutic practices.
On the schools' charitable involvement
Beauty Schools of America embraces opportunities to give back to its communities while providing real-world experience for students at the same time. Jack goes on to describe events where the schools' aspiring barbers and cosmetologists performed complimentary services for underprivileged residents, and he mentions one specific occasion when massage students provided free treatments for community members who participated in a bike ride dedicated to raising awareness about multiple sclerosis.
The licensed massage therapists at Inches Body Studio's three locations help clients slim down with a menu of noninvasive treatments. They harness powers such as ultrasound, radio frequency, and heat to break down fat and leave cellulite deposits smoother than a just-waxed ice rink. Electromassage aims to activate muscles at the cellular level, and traditional hands-on massages promote lymphatic drainage and relaxation in one fell swoop.
The staff at iLash & Skincare tailor their treatments to coincide with the client's style, with botanical facials that adapt to specific skin types. Additional services include cavitation, body wraps, and silk and mink eyelash extensions available in both C- and J-curls.