Situated in a vintage home that pays homage to years past with its baroque mirrors and antique furnishings, Vanity on Mill Hair Gallery & Spa seems like a strange place to seek out youth. The salon’s charmingly out-of-date decor, however, belies a mission to promote wrinkle-free complexions and hairstyles that radiate hipness.
It’s one thing to be in tune with the times, but Vanity on Mill’s stylists go a step further. They begin all of their cuts with informal consultations, during which they gauge each client’s personality before devising a style to match. The aestheticians and massage therapists share this concern for custom treatments, drawing from an extensive menu to find the right fit for acne-prone skin or strained muscles. The salon also infuses skin with bronze hues courtesy of UV-free spray tans, eliminating the need to awkwardly hug one of the Sun Devils attending classes across the street.
Both of The Healing Arts Day Spa?s two locations enhance the transporting effects of their services with decor that evokes a Tuscan-style villa. Vines crawl across shelves and along the backs of chairs, walls are painted to resemble lightly weathered stucco, and stone tiles create the feel of an airy courtyard. In softly lit rooms, the hands of licensed massage therapists and aestheticians deliver relaxation through massage, body wraps, and skin and hair treatments. Customers can even learn to pamper themselves: owner Terrell Lynn teaches a course in couples? massage that helps forge closer bonds between spouses or strangers on a long bus ride.
Marie Neugent?s all-inclusive approach to becoming a licensed massage therapist is echoed in her treatments. The Nationally Certified Neuromuscular Massage Therapist, Massage Therapy Instructor, Reiki Master, and Certified Mind-and-Body Wellness Practitioner combines Eastern and Western modalities that provide clients with a whole body approach for healing the mind, body, and spirit.. That's all reflected in the name Touch of Healing, Marie's studio, which took third place in Massage/Reflexology for the 2014 East Valley Tribune Best of Mesa competition. It can also be seen in Touch of Healing's simple logo, two hands gently surrounding a red heart, which neatly captures the spirit of the massage studio.
Part of the studio's success might come from a customized approach to eliminating stress, muscle tension, and pain. It also might stem from the diverse staff. Marie is also Certified Mu-Xing therapy instructor and Holy Yoga teacher. She is assisted by deep tissue massage specialists, certified pregnancy massage therapists, certified reflexologist, shiatsu therapist, and estheticians who take not only a therapeutic but also a spiritual/energetic approach to holistic wellness. In addition to traditional massages, which include prenatal and deep-tissues sessions, Touch of Healing also offers Ashiatsu Barefoot Massage sessions, in which the practitioner uses her feet to glide over the clients' body, using overhead bars to distribute their weight as needed to delve deep into muscles. All massages are backed by education about home care and routines. Services also include waxing, facials, and nutrition counseling.
The instructors at Aesthetics Institute & Laser Sciences train their students primarily for paramedical aesthetics practice. It’s an advanced skincare and body-care specialty that emphasizes healing techniques, including some services that can otherwise only be offered by doctors. At the institute’s day spa, these students get valuable hands-on experience delivering soothing and rejuvenating massages while working side by side with licensed instructors—most of who have worked in the industry for more than 10 years.
Pink- and salmon-colored walls, saffron accents, and verdant plants contribute to the Southwest and Latin atmosphere that pervades The Saguaro Spa. Amid regional wood and leather furniture, candles in tin holders, and folk art, therapists lead guests into partitioned or private treatment rooms to perform spa services inspired by the healing traditions and history of the desert. They stroke guests' backs using pressure-point and relaxation-massage techniques, often adding heated stones or wild-desert-herb compresses to melt tension. During body-wrap treatments, aestheticians swaddle bodies in organic, Southwest-inspired botanicals such as lime and aloe or chilis and chocolate.
Aestheticians also rejuvenate busy patrons with 30-minute mini treatments such as a prickly-pear sugar scrub and an orange-blossom neck massage. When they?re not soothing skin and faces, staffers can be found leading guests and gnomes in open-air yoga classes that take place amid cool breezes in an adjacent garden.
Simple elegance reigns at Canyon Falls Spa & Salon, where stately columns and marble floors mark the 10,000-square-foot, earth-toned space. Since its 2004 founding, the spa has won praise and honors for its trained staff's attention to detail. These experts augment their skills with the facility's cache of products from brands such as Kerastase, SkinCeuticals, and Jane Iredale Mineral Makeup. Certified in WELLA professional color and Master Hair Extension Specialists the salon also stocks the finest 100% human hair extensions.
Across the space, boutiques called The Hair Extension Company and Enhance! outfit shoppers in longer locks and stylish apparel, respectively.