My Oasis Spa's massage therapists work their natural magic by making stress disappear and conjuring a decidedly relaxed rabbit in its place during reflexology and reiki sessions. The spa's aestheticians shore up the pamper presence by feeding skin with a combination of facials, masks, and peels. During one-hour reflexology treatments, skilled energy-manipulators lay organic heat pads on feet and conjure aromatherapeutic oils to shake off negative vibes as acupressure and trigger-point techniques release tension built-up from day jobs spent as human guitar strings. Soft music and soy-based candles lull clients into a trance during manual lymphatic-drainage sessions, wherein hands-on healing works to dispel toxins from the body. Aromatherapy facials blend essential oils and plant extracts to revitalize skin.
At Bella Aesthetics, the team works hard to make their work look invisible. Clients who come to Bella for custom cosmetic procedures do so in part because of the doctors' emphasis on natural-looking enhancement. That goes for all the work the doctors and staff perform, whether they're combating wrinkles with Botox and Dysport injections or dissolving varicose veins with sclerotherapy. The only work the team can't help getting attention for is their custom weight-loss plans, which help clients trim down with prescription injections.
Monica Holden is grateful for two reasons: she's been able to practice massage therapy for more than 17 years, and she found a mentor in Dr. Myk Hungerford. This tenacious woman worked for half a century to train medical sports massage therapists during a time when professionalism in the field was hard to find because so few therapists carried briefcases. Monica had the great fortune of training under Dr. Hungerford at the American Institute of Massage Therapy, and now she pays it forward by presiding over a staff of certified therapists. These pros bring their massages to homes and offices, where they knead sore sinews with Swedish, deep tissue, shiatsu, and reflexology techniques.
Since opening Casa De Bellini Salon & Spa, Juanita Valencia has established a warm atmosphere that welcomes clients seeking style transformations. Her efforts have paid off, earning her repeat business and turning many of those clients into friends. Inside the 3,000-square-foot salon, she leads a team of stylists that specializes in haircare for both men and women. Team members prep hair for a trim with a shampoo and hot towels, accent natural hues with single-process color and highlights, and condition with natural keratin. They also smooth faces and shoulders with microdermabrasion treatments, add dazzling color to nails during mani-pedis, and knead away buried stress with full-body massage sessions. Their signature hot rock mani-pedi combines elements of all three services, reenergizing skin with a sugar scrub and seaweed mask, trimming and shaping nails, and simmering away tension with a hot-stone massage for arms and lower legs.