A teacher overwhelmed with classroom tasks and student responsibilities; a 20-something recovering from the insecurities of teenage acne—Charlie Ward has served them both. Like many who write in his patient testimonials, this pair praises the master aesthetician's professional skill and personal kindness. "Having healthy habits, including good skincare," Charlie writes on his website, "[has] helped me enjoy [life] even more." Charlie pebbles his path to healthier, more vibrant skin with services that range from the technologically advanced photofacial treatment, which uses intense pulsed light to improve sun-damaged skin, to the holistic scrub-and-rub massages, which dose backs and bodies with salt crystals from the Great Salt Lake before hot towels and lotions cleanse and refresh. He also stays up-to-date on his industry's latest trends and technologies, writing on his blog about some of the latent effects of tattoos and new breakthroughs in heat-resistant makeup that prove ideal for soldiers fighting in war zones or chefs cooking in full-body snowsuits.
Heavenly Hands Massage & Spa’s strong-thumbed therapists dissipate their clients' tension with the same massage techniques they have used to unwind professional athletes from the Utah Grizzlies, Blaze, and Bees. With this veteran experience, the staff focuses on alleviating chronic pain or injury-related discomfort through therapeutic methods that range from the standard modalities of Swedish and deep-tissue massage to the Eastern practices of Thai massage and ashiatsu. Ashiatsu—a centuries-old method born out of discomfort from pillows not being invented—evicts deep-seated tension by having massage therapists steady themselves on a bar anchored to the ceiling and apply pressure with targeted footsteps. To iron out energy kinks, a team of yoga instructors orchestrates classes that stretch and strengthen muscles while centering the mind. Hairstylists and aestheticians round out the bodily bolstering with expert styling and nine varieties of facial.
As a child, Erin Kump's favorite toy was the portable foot spa she used when giving her family members pedicures. Her favorite treats were the mud masks her mother would bring home for her from the drugstore. This interest in beauty blossomed into a career, and she became an aesthetician full time.
From their nook in Salon Rain & Day Spa, awash in soothing earth tones, Erin and her staff help work toward clients' aesthetic goals with a full roster of body treatments. Shelves brim with products from Image and HydroPeptide, which can be calibrated to help clear up acne, refresh lax skin, and empower patrons to fight signs of aging without drinking from fountains that conquistadors put their mouths all over. Beneath a sign reading “In the depths of the soul, everyone deserves to feel beautiful,” slow exhalations rustle the long leaves of live bamboo plants. Aestheticians slip past, leaving the scents of peppermint M’lis wraps and seasonal treatments in their wake.
Expansive, sunny windows illuminate the deep-red walls framing Mid City Salon’s elegant space, where trained aestheticians groom keratin-based parts with a range of treatments. Stylists revamp hair with trimming and chemical services that alter color and texture without attempting high-risk crayon implantation. Manicurists, meanwhile, outfit natural and acrylic nails in decorative swipes of polish, creating long-lasting style with CND Shellac applications or trendy designs such as cheetah print and flowers. Aestheticians can also rework façades with a quick brow and lip wax or a flawless makeup application. For offsite pampering, stylists arrive at homes during salon birthday parties to give girls aged 3 and older a chic updo, a smattering of glitter makeup, and polished nails that make them feel like adults without memorizing tax-return terminology.
As one of the Top 200 Salons in the United States as chosen by Redken and Pureology in 2011 and one-time Aesthetician of the Year according to the International Association of Aesthetics, The Shirodhara Day Spa and its owner, Eva Mileski, have a trophy case filled with more awards than Meryl Streep's attic. The cozy spa and salon creates a cottage-like atmosphere with creative décor to make guests feel relaxed and welcome for each treatment. New haircuts are born in the salon portion, and, through a pair of French doors, massage therapists and aestheticians wait to relax bodies with deep-tissue, Swedish, and other modalities or nurture complexions with facials. The Shirodhara Day Spa invites all spa guests to take a complimentary trip to the steam room to loosen up stiff muscles, sweat out toxins, and secretly open their neighbors’ junk mail.
Light Space employs healing rays of low-wavelength light and sophisticated technology to smooth over skinscapes and boost overall well being. A 60-minute deluxe ultrasound facial awakens natural healing mechanisms with soothing massage, customized vitamin infusions, and ultrasonic frequencies, promoting healthy blood circulation, combating puffiness, and tightening facial façades. Clients can succumb to the restorative talents of red-LED-light therapy and infrared sauna treatments, which penetrate the deepest layers of skin to detoxify the body, stimulate collagen growth, and repair epidermal damage, much in the same way the sun’s rays heal plants’ trampled roots and skinned knees. Clients looking to reduce unsightly skin dimplage relax under the soothing mechanical massage of a Synergie anticellulite treatment, a subdermal tissue rubdown that evens out bumpy body topography with a stimulating vacuum, gently smoothing over skin tissue without the need for invasive liposuction or industrial steamrolling.
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