The skilled nail pros at The Spa and Tea Garden draw upon more than 20 years of experience in the beauty industry as they refurbish digits with soothing nail services. During the 45-minute Shellac or regular manicure, a technician trims and shapes fingernails into smooth curves or straight edges. A French Shellac dresses up finger fronts, or opt for a coat of traditional polish, followed by a layer of Shellac gel polish can last without chipping for up to 14 days, or about the amount of time needed to get a package to front of the post-office line.
Stylist Shirlene cuts and colors hair at NV Salon & Spa, which offers plenty of room to stretch out. The salon spans more than 5,000 square feet. Shirlene can upgrade each service with a deep-conditioning treatment that nourishes hair that's been damaged by heat styling or putting out one too many campfires.
Shiatsu Renu's marquee treatment dates back to 1000 AD. But in the 1940s, shiatsu was combined with knowledge of Western anatomy. Today, the treatment—a therapeutic marriage of Eastern and Western techniques—is a popular way to boost energy and promote balance and wellness. Shiatus Renu's massage therapists are well versed in the Japanese treatment, as well as Swedish and deep-tissue massages, which each relax the mind and remove tension and pain from the body. The staff members also offer heated Thai herbal massages. These are administered with the help of steamed bundles of herbs, which open up pores, infuse bodies with medicinal oils, and help relax muscles tense from flexing for traffic-camera photos.
Medical director Dr. David Grant hung up his scalpel after nearly 39 years as a plastic surgeon and now devotes his attention to noninvasive techniques of skin conditioning and repair that allow him to take what he feels is a more comprehensive approach to anti-aging. He and his team at Laser Sculpting Center blast away unwanted fat and body hair with an arsenal of lasers and shoo away wrinkles and signs of aging with chemical peels and microdermabrasion. Massages and bodywork techniques leave muscles relaxed and minds destressed, and raindrop therapy soothes the spine with essential oils and heat from hot towels or tiny lightning bolts.
Aesthetic Laser Academy has two kinds of clients. The first: those who walk through the doors in search of professional med-spa services, such as chemical peels and laser hair removal. The second: those in search of sweet, sweet knowledge.
The staff caters to both. Cofounder Michelle De Leon (the Academy's resident "laser diva") and medical directors Dr. Ann Nolen and Dr. Dustin Ray lead a staff of laser specialists, educators, and aestheticians who tend to clients with high-powered tools and elixirs. They also help create more aesthetic professionals, offering training programs for new students, classes for people looking to add new skills, and a night course that lets students fit their education into already-busy lives.
As a licensed and nationally-certified massage therapist, Timothy Flint draws on hundreds of training hours and embraces a holistic paradigm. This member of the Associate Bodywork & Massage Professionals listens intently to clients wishes before gently kneading their sore spots. His repertoire includes modalities such as medical-, sports-, and Eastern-massage techniques. He also helps clients manage chronic pain by setting their clocks and calendars back to before their affliction began.