Winner of a 2011 Best of Monroe Award by the US Commerce Association, Salon DARIN refreshes stale styles for men and women. The staff deals in hair’s many dimensions, sprucing up color, updating texture with smoothing treatments, and shaping styles to compliment clients’ lifestyles. Through each service, stylists douse hair in professional products such as Moroccanoil, which washes away traces of residue and protects individual strands with essential-oil ingredients.
But the salon’s blue walls bear witness to more than just hair clippings abandoning heads for more lucrative work within a trashcan. Aestheticians refresh faces with Plantogen products or wax away unwanted hair, and massage therapists usurp strained muscles in private treatment rooms.
For more than 20 years, the dedicated staff at About Faces—Nails, Too has elegantly shaped nails and pampered visages using high-quality products. During a pedicure, nail technicians trim, buff, and chrome toenails with slick coats of polish, forging more comely pickle-jar openers. A paraffin manicure hydrates dry skin and can help soothe arthritic fingers, leaving hands silky and smooth as nails are trimmed, filed, and painted.
After seeing a chiropractor for his high blood pressure at age 17, Dr. Robert Pesale was inspired to pursue a career in holistic health care. His academic aptitude propelled him to graduate cum laude from Palmer College of Chiropractic and pursue multiple continuing-education programs. To keep up-to-date on the latest techniques, Dr. Pesale attends at least one postgraduate conference a month. At his practice, Pesale Chiropractic, he works with Dr. Jane Randazzo—who has an extensive background in scientific research—to help clients deal with pain, stress, and weight struggles with gentle, holistic treatments that include spinal adjustments and massage therapy.
Black Rock Pilates Studio's attentive and certified instructors personalize the exercise experience with small-class sizes and private sessions designed to help clients maximize the benefits of each workout. Two one-hour private Pilates sessions take place in a secluded section of the studio, allowing professional body-benders to ply their trade without having to worry about overly inquisitive eyes or unprompted advice from backseat stretchers. Every level of fitness fanatic can benefit from Pilates training, which may help to increase core stability and mobility. Each program is fully customized to help clients meet their goals, and an on-site physical therapist offers consultations for trainees recovering from injuries caused by no-handed cartwheel attempts.
Traditional bodywork unites with Eastern energy healing at Quantum Touch Massage Therapy, where LMT Janice Strileckis assuages pain and stress with her massage techniques. Inside the cozy office, breathing exercises accompany long and flowing Swedish strokes, deep-tissue kneads, and relaxation and wellness modalities. Janice works to heal a range of ailments, from chasing away everyday anxiety to rehabilitating injuries caused by auto accidents, participation in athletics, and lifting a 50-pound med-school textbook day after day.
You open your eyes. The atmosphere is relaxing, sterile. Whiteness extends into infinity. You're either at Skin and Beauty Lounge or in prison with THX 1138. Luckily for you and for your skin, it's the former.
Linda Martinez, a medical aesthetician with 30 years of skincare experience, is the mastermind behind the new-concept spa. Her life-affirming attitude creates a fun and friendly environment amid the contemporary furnishings and amenities, which include a cupcake bar stocked with complimentary treats. In private treatment rooms, the spa's professionals administer expert services, such as custom facials, med-spa treatments, waxing services, and spray-tanning sessions. They encourage guests to bring their personal iPods or MP3 players—treatment rooms are equipped with docks and speakers—to further customize and enhance their experience.