Before she became a licensed massage therapist, Connie Dale learned how to reduce tension and ease repetitive injuries at the Bancroft School of Massage Therapy. She uses that education and her experience to mitigate aliments ranging from shin splints and tennis elbow to carpal tunnel syndrome. Connie can also treat frozen shoulder—a condition that hampers mobility and often occurs when a snowman gives you a massage. In addition to reducing headaches, fibromyalgia pain, and tight muscles with Swedish and deep tissue techniques, she also treats children and soothes cancer patients. Connie's also been known to visit hospitals and Special Olympics events to give patients and competitors relaxing chair massages.
Inside Ultrasalon, talented staffers break out Dermalogica, Murad, and Éminence beauty products in the pursuit of fantastic-looking skin. In addition to restorative facials, patrons can spruce up nails with manicures and pedicures and decorate digits with nail art such as colorful stripes or silhouettes of The Addams Family’s Thing.
Skylights in the salon's vaulted ceilings cast a natural glow onto lavender walls, sleek leather furniture, and polished hardwood floors. Amid these cozy accents, skilled Hair & Now Salon stylists flip, snip, decorate, and updo strands into classic and modern style combos—all tailored to individual face shape and personality. Guests can also request a swift brow waxing or private makeup consultation.
Mineral makeup free of talc, parabens, and carmine—a product derived from insects that live on cacti. Shimmery eye shadows in 89 shades. Sunless-tanning lotion packed with jojoba oil. These are just a few of the offerings from The All Natural Face, a makeup company dedicated to creating safe, effective, and cruelty-free cosmetics. Each of its products brims with natural ingredients such as organic argan oil, candelilla wax, and organic raw turbinado cane sugar, the last of which simultaneously exfoliates lips and adds sweetness to one’s morning coffee. In light of the plethora of chemicals and toxins in mainstream products, the cosmetics specialists take a natural approach to makeup: “We … care more about our customers,” they assert on their website, “than we do the bottom line.”
Walking through the minimal, dimly lit interiors of Invidia Salon and Spa may feel like walking through a dream. Ultramodern floral wall sconces and chandeliers fashioned from branches illuminate hardwood-floored hallways that split off into dark rooms filled with plush couches. In the central hall, studio lights cast dramatic beams onto swiveling salon chairs positioned in front of floor-to-ceiling mirrors, each aligned in two rows flanking a central stone fireplace.
Here in the multimillion dollar 10,000-square-foot facility, stylists sculpt new ’dos and colorists add hues to locks. Aestheticians smooth skin with customizable facials rich in vitamins and natural extracts, and laser technicians boost collagen with LED light therapy and laser facials.
In private spa rooms, equipped with fireplaces and temperature-controlled beds, therapists imbue a sense of calm with massages and Reiki. In the Vichy shower, clients treated with mud or fruit body wraps recline on a cushioned bed while multiple showerheads work to clean their skin.
Owned by an aesthetics educator, Luminous cultivates skin's natural beauty with an extensive selection of indulgent facials that have garnered the skincare studio multiple nods from the WickedLocal.com Readers Choice Awards over the last three years. The 75-minute Radiance for Thirsty Skin facial ($90) hydrates faces with Dermalogica skincare products and other ingredients, massaging honey into thirsty pores to keep them shiny and fresh. Countenance curators then blanket faces with a warm paraffin mask for an extra layer of hydration, making the Radiance for Thirsty Skin facial an ideal treatment for those with dry skin or those who have dorsal fins. After inundating your visage with a fresh coat of salutary moisture, pick off bristly stragglers with an eyebrow wax ($20) to show clingy hairs the door with a hard-wax agent agreeable to even the most sensitive skin.