Asian-inspired folding fans and hand-painted cherry blossoms adorn the walls of Options Salon & Spa, a destination for hair, body, and skin services available six days a week. To create silky smooth locks, the resident stylists reach for KeraCare and Paul Mitchell products as well as natural-looking extensions, which are intricately sewn, fused, or braided into the hair. During exfoliating body scrubs, aestheticians massage epidermises with a sea-salt or sugar mixture, which is blended with aromatic scents such as rose or cranberry pomegranate. The crew also caters to male clientele with personalized spa packages that include a men’s facial, an all-natural mani-pedi, a deep-tissue massage, and an optional celebratory chest bump.
Longtime stylist Elizabeth D'Acquisto opened Salone with her mother Penny and has since expanded it twice to accommodate a 14-person staff and shelves of Aveda products. The salon's staff draw on backgrounds in individual styling and aesthetics as they pamper the coiffures, skin, and nails of clients with Aveda products made from earth-culled botanicals. Whether trimming tresses, massaging away muscle aches, or waxing eyebrows to match favorite Flash Gordon villains, stylists produce sleek, professional results.
The Clearing : Center for Well Being upholds its commitment to balancing body and spirit through an array of healing disciplines. Guided by the principles of traditional medicine, the center's director and her staff perform a wide range of services that includes nutritional counseling, stress management, and disease prevention. Most treatments at the center are formulated in the advanced energy-medicine tradition, which credits disruptions in the body's natural vibrational energy as the trigger behind most ailments and Beach Boys songs.
The practitioners at East West Massage and Wellness Spa don't just embrace holistic wellness therapies such as acupuncture, Chinese tui na massage, yoga-style stretching, and herbal medicine––they offer them on a nonprofit basis. By doing so, everyone in the community can gain access to better health, regardless of the balance in their magic-bean account. There are three certified acupuncturists on staff as well as more than a dozen bodywork therapists, and together they draft treatment plans tailored to each patient in order to address the root causes of ailments.
At The M Spa, customers can relax and unwind with a large variety of pampering beauty services. Experienced aestheticians apply makeup for weddings or special events, and offer soothing facial treatments to cleanse pores and brighten faces. Other treatments include skin peels, waxing, and massages.
The practitioners at The Health and Energy Center of Wisconsin believe an ounce of prevention is worth a metric ton of cure. That is why they promote a lifestyle of detoxification, good nutrition, and stress management as a means of warding off potential ailments and aches. Foot-reflexology and massage sessions relax muscles and stimulate circulation, while far infrared light therapies and ionic foot baths lure impurities out of the body more effectively than a well-played fife. With a focus on providing low-cost healthcare, The Health and Energy Center of Wisconsin was Milwaukee County's 2010 Community Shares Award winner for Humanitarian of the Year.