As the owner of Luxurious Essentials, Demetria understands the plight of busy professionals. She and her team of therapists do their best to work around hectic schedules with services ranging from a succinct 10-minute chair massage to an extravagant 90 minutes atop a warm massage table. Her unique style of Swedish massage utilizes traditional light strokes as well as deep stretching of the limbs to help to alleviate joint pain. Therapists lubricate each massage with a liberal application of olive oil, which soaks into skin without the potential allergens or glow-in-the-dark side effects found with many moisturizers.
The soothing scents of lavender and soft, earthy tones greet clients as they enter the spa. In private rooms, guests unwind from busy lives while listening to the strains of Asian music and ambient noise such as running water, chirping birds, and the angry protests from stress as therapists massage it away.
Led by Angelique Lewis, whose work has been featured in Style and Self magazines, a team of experienced stylists at Studio A Salon upholds Aveda's vision of connecting beauty, environment, and well-being. In their Aveda concept salon, the team strives to restore both inner and outer beauty, relieving stress and reenergizing the body through haircuts, conditioning, and color services. They also smooth textured or frizzy hair with keratin and hair-relaxing treatments. They finish each new 'do with Aveda's 97% plant-derived, globally sourced, and sustainably harvested haircare products—made from mineral-rich dead sea salts, organic honey, and proteins from the Peruvian rainforest—that leave hair healthy and slightly sheepish about not recycling its shampoo bottles. The salon also offers mani-pedis and a boutique selling Aveda products and glittery costume jewelry.
A person who ascribes to a dynamist worldview sees the universe in terms of force or energy. At Dynamist Massage Therapy, dynamist healers increase the presence of positive, curative energy by practicing a range of ancient and modern massage techniques. Relaxation and Swedish-style massages diminish stress, and therapeutic massages address specific complaints with a custom blend of techniques. During hot-stone massages, warmth from heated rocks penetrates aching muscles. In contrast, cold-therapy massages activate sluggish nervous systems with chilled stones, ice packs, and readings from Ernest Shackleton's memoir. Therapists also specialize in reflexology, which activates pressure points in the hands and feet. Stress-reducing, traditional Japanese reiki healing techniques stimulate circulation and energy flow.
Laurie Smith has experienced a lot of things. She studied sociology and Asian cultures in college with an emphasis in the Chinese language. She worked as a security guard at high-risk locations. But she didn't discover her passion until she went into the beauty industry. She approached hair styling with the same energy and dedication as she had the rest of her studies, and graduated with honors from the Aveda Institute of Royal Oak.
Today, she straightens, extends, colors, and cuts hair of all textures. She uses products from her alma mater, Aveda, as well as industry professionals she finds inspirational, such as Paul Mitchell. More than the products or training, though, she believes her passion sets her apart, and helps her clients have a truly great experience in her chair.
Birmingham Cosmetic Surgery & Vein Center's team, which is captained by board-certified cosmetic surgeon Dr. Rifai, enhances anatomical aesthetics with noninvasive treatments and surgical procedures such as liposuction and facelifts. Microdermabrasion wands zip over sun-hardened skin and injectables such as Botox and Juvéderm work to firm up facial surfaces and fade fine lines. The med spa procedures address a range of concerns, from unwanted hair to achy muscles. Furthermore, consultations at the center are always complimentary.
At Serendipity Health & Relaxation Spa, massage therapists root many of their techniques in traditional Chinese medicine to promote healing and overall well-being. For example, foot reflexology, an art first practiced by the ancient China, uses gentle pressure on areas of the feet to relieve pain or discomfort in other parts of the body. Acupressure focuses on specific points along the body’s energy channels to release endorphins and remove blockages.
The staff throws other spa treatments into the mix, too. Body scrubs, steam therapy, and SkinCeuticals facials help revitalize skin left dry and rough from somersaulting through the desert.