Penny Primeaux has had a passion for holistic wellness for more than 20 years. A love of aromatherapy and Eastern philosophy lured her into caring for others with alternative therapies, which she does daily at Bella Luna Holistic Spa. Inside a charming peach Victorian-style house, Penny nudges her clients toward tranquility with services such as Ayurvedic chakra balancing, crystal therapy, and Hylunia facials. Her skincare services are fueled with organic and vegan ingredients that are safe and effective for sensitive and aging skin types. Bella Luna's menu also includes massages, bridal makeup, body jeweling, and body-jewel pillaging.
The founder of Health & Beauty By Design is not only an avid student of holistic therapies, she's also a licensed massage therapist, aesthetician, and natural health practitioner. For more than 35 years, she has dedicated her talents toward improving the vitality and beauty of others. She selects the purest ingredients for massages and skincare treatments, integrating therapeutic-grade essential oils and botanical emollients whenever possible.
Expert nail artists at Final Touch Nails & Spa apply a mélange of aromatic herbs and oils to naturally refine fingers and toes. Lucky digits begin with a customized botanical experience that offers selections from the spa's fragrant herb menu such as rosemary, ginger root, and chamomile flower. Hands and feet simmer in a warm water bath to cleanse nails, soften skin, and enact complex rubber-ducky dramas before manicure mavens pamper cuticles and lovingly shape nails. After calluses and dead skin cells are banished to epidermal underworlds, a hot-stone massage and warm-towel treatment melt away excess tension. A paraffin treatment also teams up with a soothing mask to leave skin hydrated and silky smooth before the one-hour cuticle coddling culminates with a choice of lacquer, nail strengthener, or Star Trek–themed finger puppets.
To firm up sagging jowls, you wouldn’t normally think to visit a massage therapist. But in addition to soothing aches with Swedish and deep-tissue modalities, Rena Dearman combats signs of aging with a transforming face-lift massage—a technique that helps boost circulation to give skin a firmer, more radiant appearance. Relaxation is still a big part of her mission, however, and she delivers it through luxurious extras such as heated stones and foot scrubs.
Tucked away inside a private room at Posh Salons, independent master stylist Jessica Perez-Paez sculpts and colors hair with an eye toward making clients look and feel their best. She’s a Matrix-certified colorist but will blend in Redken and Paul Mitchell products for more dynamism. Other specialties include keratin smoothing treatments, perms, and the application of hair extensions to lengthen ponytails or pet ponies’ tails.
Kelly Thompson knows a thing or two about handling stress. For five years she served as a police/fire/911 dispatch operator, an occupation that demanded Kelly keep a calm, relaxed head while she coached people in crisis through harrowing situations with gentle reassurance and ample empathy. Once Kelly had a taste for bringing calm to stressed-out, overtaxed people, she sought a way to apply her talent elsewhere. Kelly shifted her focus to the hands-on massage field, earned her license, and opened up Kneading Massage Today’s relaxing oasis. Her previous experience in throwing people emotional life rafts informs her current practice, as Kelly both receives clients at her spa location and totes her massage chair to offices to ease the collective shoulders of employees and the sore necks of their desktop bobble-heads. As she saturates muscles with Swedish and deep-tissue massages, her clients get a blissful reprieve from muscle tension and mental stress. Treatments include doubly soothing accouterments including hot stones and aromatherapy.
Bodies who enter Soothe Therapeutic Massage find themselves in the capable hands of licensed therapist Kiri Dyken, who has made it her life's mission to help relieve pain brought on by injury and everyday stress. Her extensive education led her from East West College of the Healing Arts in Portland, Oregon, all the way to Thailand, where she learned the art of Thai yoga massage directly from its masters. Today, she continues to practice Thai massage alongside her other specialties, including goal-oriented deep-tissue work and traditional Swedish massage, complementing each service with soft music that quietly lulls stress into a false sense of security.