Certified massage therapist Erin Warfield Shaffer expresses her belief in holistic approaches to wellness by treating bodies to a detoxifying combination of hands, herbs, and hydrotherapy. Shaffer's four massages range from hot-stone techniques that melt tension in backs to reflexology methods that manipulate the feet in an effort to relieve pain in the rest of the body. She also cleanses bodies with such detoxification rituals as the acupoint session, a massage-like treatment that causes key points in the body to absorb healthy herbs so that clients don't have to sleep on a pile of herb-crusted halibut. The center also concocts custom facials and peels that nourish the skin with hydrotherapy, botanicals rich in Vitamin C, and other organic ingredients.
Tova Galgut of Tova?s Beautique & Wellness Center enlists her triple-threat credentials as a massage therapist, aesthetician, and electrologist to heal and beautify clients from the inside out. The tissue mender uses a slew of massage modalities, from deep-tissue kneads to hand-and-foot reflexology, to create custom massage recipes that fit each of her client?s needs. As an aesthetician, Tova rejuvenates visages with cleansing European facials and acne treatments designed specifically for teenage skin. The beauty purveyor also attacks unwanted fuzz with swift face and body waxings or suggests a more permanent solution in the form of electrolysis, which permanently wards off growing hair no matter the phase of the moon.
Norma Brinker could be called a natural. Starting at a very young age, she honed her skills painting for the fun of it. Today, she brings a wealth of experience and a bag of ideas to her studio, Noric Art & Wellness, where she inspires amateur artists with her passion for painting. During Friday night's BYOB classes, florid brush strokes alternate with delicate sips while Norma instructs students on painting select works of art that she has created and paintings of famous artists on blank canvases. When not teaching art classes, Norma puts her skills as a licensed massage therapist to work by doling out massages, cupping treatments, and reflexology.
Lots of massage centers incorporate Asian influences into their treatments, but Palace Herbal Spa was actually founded in Asia in the 1990s. It wasn't until 2008 that co-founders May and Jone brought the spa to the U.S., where they've found success by offering spa treatments with an Eastern sensibility. These treatments range from Chinese acupressure massages to Japanese aroma foot soaks. The spa's massage therapists can also perform traditional Western techniques, such as Swedish and deep-tissue.
Skin Alive and its aesthetician school, Mequon Thiensville School of Esthetics, are devoted to the study and practice of skincare. Clients can choose to visit the hands-on student-learning center for aesthetic services performed by students under instructor supervision, or head to the Skin Alive spa for services performed by a licensed professional. Both offer basic beauty services, such as facials, peels, and waxing, but the licensed aestheticians at Skin Alive can also slough off dead skin cells with diamond-tip microdermabrasion, rejuvenate skin with lasers, and vanquish unwelcome hair with laser hair-removal treatments that leave skin smoother than a cue ball smothered in olive oil.
TNN Beauty's team of aestheticians beautifies clients from the neck up with a range of services. With permanent makeup and eyelash extensions, they help accentuate features while shaving time off of morning routines. Their teeth-whitening treatments rely on the NuYu system to lighten smiles up to eight shades. Stylists also glamorize hair with cuts and color, and add up to 22 inches of length with extensions. Additionally, the team typically keeps a feature photographer onsite to create before-and-after montages for the shop's portfolio or snaps action shots of emergency updos for shotgun weddings.