Since filing and buffing the nails of its first client about 15 years ago, Magen Nails’ experienced staff has remained dedicated to creating a relaxing space in which patrons can unwind. Amid welcoming pink walls, the friendly crew can be found gussying up weary hands and feet with a slew of nail services. Patrons getting pampered at the manicure stations can gaze at the spa’s flat-screen TV or bustling aquarium as aestheticians apply glossy polish or apply sets of acrylic nails. Nearby, white pedicure chairs cradle guests as their feet rest in the soothing waters of attached basins after a long, blurry night of running through the woods under a full moon. Along with precision-driven polish applications, Magen Nails’ staff further enhances appearances with additional services that range from face and body waxing to installing eyelash extensions.
Emerge Community Center was created to provide a place for people to "emerge" into the versions of themselves they always wanted. At this community center, yoga studio, and acupuncture clinic, clients come to interact in a nurturing environment and reconnect their bodies and minds on a journey towards wellness. Owner and licensed acupuncturist Dana Bairen and her staff of qualified instructors help provide acupuncture, Oriental Medicine, yoga, meditation, and massage therapy. During the Zen Meditation session, students are taught to clear and quiet minds, while the Hatha yoga class uses asanas to open energy channels and the cage doors of spirit animals within the body. With hardwood floors and big windows that let in sunlight, Emerge Community Center provides a place for peaceful interaction and self-healing.
A massage therapist since 1985, Liz Alessi's massage modalities and add-ons clearly inspire repeat visits, as her business's name was suggested by a client who, at the time, had been visiting her for 17 years. She has been treating clients with massage for so long that she now even whips up her own signature massage lotion by blending shea and mango butter with either apricot-kernel, cherry-kernel, or avocado oil. In 2007, she expanded her skill set and became a licensed aesthetician. Liz wanted to learn the skills to revitalize complexions after witnessing firsthand how helpful facials could be. She also calls upon her own personal experience when it comes to administering microcurrent facelifts.
Desert Showers Holistic Health draws its name from owner Alexis Showers, who grew up in a variety of native cultures that instilled a deep love of her planet. As an adult, Alexis continued to pursue this passion by working towards and earning degrees and certifications in holistic, nature-conscious therapies: acupressure, Chinese medicine, massage, nutritional coaching, and yoga.
Today, Alexis draws upon formal and informal educational experiences to help heal naturally. At Desert Showers, you can enjoy massages, seaweed or mud wraps, and customized herbal steam baths. By bringing Dr. Shirley Cox on board, Alexis is also able to offer weight management and hypnotherapy, which can help assuage phobias and anxiety.
During his college football career, Santiago "Jimmy" Ayala got well acquainted with sore muscles and injuries—experience that inspired him to pursue his massage-therapy license. After earning his degree in physical education, Ayala spent a decade honing his massage skills in five-star resorts, chiropractor's offices, physical-therapy settings, and DMV waiting rooms. As owner of Santiago's Massage, he employs modalities such as Swedish, deep-tissue, sports, and hot-stone massage to soothe achy or injured muscles in sessions that he customizes with aromatherapy.
Ragtops Day Spa & Salon’s trio of co-owners—Terry Braaten, Ginger Braaten, and Jeanne Dankerl—have an aesthetic sense honed by more than 80 years of collective experience and training from the likes of Vidal Sassoon, Koleston, and Redken. To pamper and beautify guests, they let their combined skill loose within a 4,100-square-foot hybrid salon and day spa. Yet to ensure that Ragtops Day Spa & Salon is an all-encompassing retreat, they keep an extended community of skilled, self-employed stylists and aestheticians within—most of which have been shearing locks or painting nails for more than two decades.
Raw talent isn’t the only thing that elevates Ragtops’ services. Hairstylists sharpen their tress transformations with products from brands such as Paul Mitchell and Redken, and Ginger relies on Coppola keratin treatments to straighten and relax hair that’s been stressed since hearing a tall tale about sentient clippers. Nail artists, meanwhile, draw from a palette of OPI polishes and CND acrylics and enhance pedicures with paraffin treatments. Although services vary according to the current staff, skincare experts cleanse pores with European facials and tackle more problematic skin with microdermabrasion, glycolic facials, and oxygen facials, and massage therapists banish aches with acupressure, Swedish, and Thai massages.