Claire Fey knows firsthand that the workplace can be a stressful environment. She began her career as a professional massage therapist by providing onsite treatments for corporate clients such as Gatorade and Bank of America. Perhaps working among so many cubicles and conference rooms led her to devise new treatments that evoked the relaxing warmth of a tropical vacation. Whatever her inspiration, it took Fey only a few years to develop her signature hot-stone massage—a blend of Hawaiian lomilomi, acupressure, and reflexology techniques.
Though Claire’s Hawaiian hot-stone massage has remained one of her most popular treatments, her service menu has grown considerably. It now encompasses an assortment of other wellness treatments headlined by the high-intensity and low-impact Power Plate system, an advanced method of fitness training favored by celebrities as well as their perfectly toned wax counterparts.
Symmetry’s soothing repertoire of spa services deploys products from professional beauty and skincare brands such as L’Oréal Professionnel, Dermalogica, and Glymed Plus. In addition to haircuts and exclusive Série coloring services, the salon floor shares space with nail stations, where professional OPI polish covers otherwise opaque tips with vibrant swatches of color. In secluded rooms, aestheticians cater to clients that wish to unwind or reverse signs of aging with Jessner peels, exfoliating body wraps, and massage therapy, which eases the stress and anxiety built up from protecting karate classes from vengeful cinder blocks. Before or after treatment, guests are invited to warm hands around complimentary mugs of coffee or tea or further relax with a glass of wine or beer.
Pam Brown's grandmother always told her to wash her face with oatmeal, milk, and honey—a natural, simple philosophy that inspires Pam to this day. Pam makes her skincare products by hand, guided by age-old herbal "kitchen prescriptions," as well as recipes drafted herself. The natural ingredients include organic essential oils, cocoa, and Dead Sea salts mined from Dead Sea popcorn. As a result, at Pamper Me, natural ingredients fuel skincare services for both faces and bodies, including an organic facial mask that Pam whips up fresh every day. The spa's comfort services focus on stress-melting packages that combine facials, massage, or exfoliating scrubs. To recreate the relaxing experience at home, clients can purchase Pam's handmade products, including lip balm, shampoo, and dried herb blends used in at-home facial steams.
Wary of any one-size-fits-all prescriptions for increasing bodily well-being, Optimal Health?s owners, Adrian Butuc and Luminita Dobrea-Butuc, combine alternative medicine, spa treatments, fitness lessons, and gymnastics training to help clients transform into well-rounded?and healthier?individuals. Their medical massages help muscles recover from injury without the need for medication, and yoga and Pilates classes build muscle while improving balance. Adrian and Luminita believe that good health starts early?their preschool-gymnastics sessions help toddlers learn to tumble with grace under the tutelage of a former Romanian champion. The duo also understands that looking good is just as important as feeling good; in that vein, meticulous nail-grooming services keep fingers and toes looking good for sandal season or shadow-puppet productions of The Glass Menagerie.
Dr. Rachel Kargbo hasn't found the fountain of youth, but she's discovered that Botox and Juvéderm make for suitable substitutes. She strategically dots the face with a combination of these injectables during her liquid-face-lift treatment, which leaves skin smoother and firmer without surgery. Dr. Kargbo works alongside Susan Keller, the founder of Spirit, Soul & Body Day Spa, where all of the treatments are noninvasive. Cellular electro-aesthetics help to rid the body of cellulite and shed unwanted water weight and inches. Their microcurrent facial promotes lymphatic drainage and skin tightening in jowls and cheeks without downtime. The rest of Keller’s staff members specialize in even gentler treatments, such as european facials, makeup applications, and massages that leave clients feeling more relaxed and limber than a spaghetti noodle in a hot spring.
Tucked away in the Brady Arts District, Chrysalis Salon & Spa’s quaint brick storefront invites visitors into a chic, colorful interior where its team of stylists and aestheticians goes to work. Seated in white leather chairs, clients can relax as a stylist trims or colors locks using botanical-based products from Phyto and premium Goldwell hair color. Spa services range from waxing to facials, including the gold-leaf facial, in which 24-karat gold is applied to the skin to stimulate collagen production and make the client more attractive to Swiss bankers. They are also the go-to providers of makeup services for News On 6 KOTV, the local CBS affiliate. Chrysalis also offers med-spa services performed by the resident doctor, such as Botox, Latisse, and medical-grade microdermabrasion.