Kalologie's expert beauty gurus offer a first-class selection of pampering services, earning the franchise a spot on Elle magazine's 2008 list of Top 10 Beauty Boutiques. The staff exfoliates faces with more than 10 varieties of facials and peels, using the boutique's own line of products custom formulated from medical-grade ingredients free of parabens and sulfates. Therapists also treat clients with massage modalities such as Swedish, shiatsu, and deep-tissue, as well as waxing treatments that use specially formulated hard and soft wax for all areas of the body. Airbrush spray tans round out the menu of services, leaving bodies with a bronze hue similar to that achieved by bathing in a tub of melted-down doorknobs.
A visit to Massage Heights is a vacation from the workaday worries of overbearing supervisors and unhelpful Pilates partners. During the 90-minute hot-stone massage, a skilled therapist strategically places smooth, toasty earth globules on areas of the back, warming muscles, encouraging circulation, and coaxing tension out from under its desk to frolic outside during your body's relaxing recess. While the heated stones work their wonders, aromatherapy massages nasal passages with special oils that transform the dull, boring atmosphere into a cloud of inhalable bliss. At the other end of your body, a natural sugar scrub exfoliates shoe-fillers before a final splash of peppermint oil delivers a cool sensation and candy-cane smell, making toes feel as if they’re being suckled by Christmas elves.
With more than 10 years of beauty-industry experience, massage therapist and aesthetician Christine Rasmussen knows aesthetic treatments inside and out. And at her beauty haven, Skin, she requires that her staff does, too. Together, the knowledgeable team of certified technicians creates a welcoming space where they personalize each skincare and body service. Aestheticians reach for skin-type specific Ayur-Medic and Dermalogica products to enhance the cleansing effects of facial or the exfoliating impact of a chemical peel or diamond microdermabrasion. This same attention to detail can be found during customized body treatments, which range from trigger-point therapy and lomilomi massages to a detoxifying body scrub made with sea salt or a sugar mixture infused with fruit, chocolate, and coffee ingredients.
Skin's dedicated team also provides mobile spa treatments and spa parties, both of which can be performed in the comfort of the client's home, office, or giant, walk-in makeup compact.
Deborah Hammons is a certified massage therapist and certified fitness instructor with more than 12 years of experience in the field. She counts it a blessing to work closely with clients on their individual goals?everything from stress management to injury rehabilitation. Clients can request flowing Swedish strokes to promote circulation, as well as trigger-point or hot-stone therapy for more focused healing. Deborah also specializes in auriculotherapy?a noninvasive form of external ear stimulation that aims to sideline addictive behaviors and aid with ailments such as asthma, hypertension, and third-degree sunburns.
Rod and Karen, Westlake Holistic’s owners, combine their skills in acupuncture, massage, and traditional Ayurvedic medicine to look after their clients’ well-being with a variety of alternative therapies. During Ayurvedic treatments, a practitioner gives the client a comprehensive health exam and consultation before creating an individualized course of holistic therapies. Acupuncture and massage therapy treat stress, pain, and other chronic conditions, namely those that have left clients unfairly blaming their back muscles for all their problems.
Simply put, Eric Charles has healing hands. These hands can perform a variety of massages that detoxify the body, prevent injury, and alleviate chronic discomfort. Rather than limit himself to traditional modalities such as Swedish and deep tissue, Charles stretches his skill set to accommodate Hawaiian-style lomilomi and Thai massages that apply gentle pressure to the body?s energy points. He also performs sports massages that break up tension with Swedish-style strokes and strategically placed knuckleballs.