Lavida Massage specializes in atmosphere, education, and customization so as to provide a positive and beneficial visit for each client. Certified massage therapists begin each service with a consultation to glean the client's distinct needs. Then, as soft music plays inside a dim treatment room, therapists administer massage using non-allergenic oils and whatever pressure is appropriate for their clients' pain levels and physical needs. The treatments range from gentle, flowing Swedish techniques to more focused therapeutic modalities, although it's not uncommon for the therapist to mix and match techniques. Clients can also relax during sessions in the Vichy shower, a soothing treatment that sprays bodies with a variety of different shower heads mimicking falling rain or a happy pack of slobbering saint bernards. In addition to the body services, Lavida also offers facials that can soothe and relax as well as treat blemishes and wrinkles.
For years, bookkeeper and mother Christy Hunter harbored a deep passion for skincare. Now a trained aesthetician, Christy shares this passion with others as the founder of Cherri Bomb Advanced Skin Care. With a keen understanding of how stress and everyday life can take its toll on skin, she helps rejuvenate clients with a variety of services. For instance, she uses Rhonda Allison skincare products during facials to reduce inflammation, boost collagen production, or dramatically brighten skin tone. Alternately, Christy can perform chemical peels or microdermabrasion treatments to exfoliate skin and smooth away fine lines, pigmented blemishes, and extra sticky name tags.
Aqua Blue Beauty & Bodyworks' staff enhances traditional spa services with advanced technologies. The result is a menu of multivitamin facials and laser treatments that safely eradicate hair, tattoos, and enemy TIE fighters. They also offer body scrubs and masques using special, customized blends that the clients get to choose. The specialists go so far as to share their secrets with students at an in-house skin institute that offers certification courses in microdermabrasion, eyelash extensions, and micropigmentation.
Black-and-white portraits pop against walls of silver damask. An antique love seat sidles up to a zebra-printed chest. A chandelier's light glints against a table's gilded filigree. Although The Beauty Dive's historic-cottage setting radiates all things vintage, there is nothing dated about the pampering that occurs at the able hands of owner Yvette Reese and her staff. Yvette suffuses her studio with an atmosphere of creativity, encouraging her stylists and aestheticians to heed their own artistic inspiration as they forge modern hairstyles, eye-catching nails, and captivating cosmetic applications. To keep the image artisans up-to-date on the latest techniques, industry experts arrive every few months to lavish the staff with hands-on training and lessons in split-end psychology.
As stylists sculpt coifs to flatter individual faces, pedicure clients melt into oversize armchairs and bask in the skills of a master Shellac nail technician, who dips feet in fresh bowls of lavender-infused water before refining nails with sterile implements, unused files and buffers, and Opi and CND polishes. The beauty experts wield serums by Eminence Organics, Rusk, and Kevin Murphy, each of which are available for purchase to aid at-home primping. Between services, clients sip on wine, champagne, and martinis as they browse the boutique's collection of accessories and apparel from Johnny Was and 4 Love and Liberty, savoring a better union of sparkles and spirits than the wedding-ring speakeasies of the 1920 diamond prohibition.
Dr. Lawrence Broder of Beleza Med Spa began his 16-year career in surgery and primary care, but has shifted his dedication to medical aesthetics, helping people reshape their bodies and evade signs of aging. He continues to build on his surgical knowledge with coursework and bihourly games of Operation, and has slimmed more than 500 physiques with laser-driven SmartLipo and smoothed hundreds of complexions with DOT (dermal optical thermolysis) resurfacing treatments. Dr. Broder supervises each of Beleza's locations, ensuring that every confidence-boosting injection, augmentation, lift, and peel is done with expertise and professionalism.
Alite Laser?s three locations act as upscale sanctuaries where clients can go to lose spider veins and unwanted fat, but their specialty is hair removal. A trio of hair-removal procedures?waxing, laser removal, and electrolysis?fight follicles more effectively than scaring hair away like it?s a case of the hiccups. When they aren?t performing laser hair-removal procedures, technicians harness the power of light to brighten skin during facials.