Licensed aesthetician Virginia Vidacak wants to eliminate skin-damaging pollutants. That’s why she only uses natural, organic Farmaesthetics products to cleanse pores and exfoliating away dead skin cells. To keep clients feeling relaxed and to flush out toxins, she also provides a 30-minute express massage that ousts tensions in the shoulders, neck, head, and conjoined head. As a certified Novalash eyelash extensionist, she create longer, fuller lashes with lash extensions.
Cosmetologist Rachael Washburn serves as a one-stop beauty shop at b.jolie Salon & Spa. Serving both male and female clients, she cuts and colors hair or eliminates it completely with thorough waxing services. Her facials and peels combat acne, clogged pores, and signs of aging.
Ami Renee Spa welcomes women and men to de-stress and replenish themselves with a range of skin and body treatments. The licensed spa offers a slate of facials that can help firm faces or target aging skin, and body wraps that soothe systems with ingredients such as algae, wasabi extract, and volcanic clay.
"I gained 60 pounds when I had my son," Ashley, Parakletos Wellness's co-owner, says—but there's triumph in her voice. She credits body wraps for helping to shed those pounds, and now performs these services for others. Ashley, a licensed massage therapist and aesthetician, and her husband and personal trainer Stephen operate Parakletos, whose name translates fittingly to “called to help.”
The couple is happy in the facility, with its sand-hued walls and pulsing ocean soundtrack. Having only a single treatment room allows them to help clients one at a time. "If someone comes in with acne or rosacea, we don't want you to have to interact. We want you to be able to leave insecurities at door." In addition to an oxygen cucumber facial, Parakletos can slacken shoulders with river stones during private massage sessions, but, due to her personal experiences, it's weight-loss wraps that Ashley holds in the highest regard.
"Folks come in and we ask a lot of questions. How much water do you drink? How much do you workout? It's not about vanity for us, it's about the lifestyle change." The body wraps, which are designed to help motivate and shed weight, are composed of 12 different herbal ingredients. All of the products and supplements employed by Parakletos are forged from herbs and flora, much like Robinson Crusoe's Gameboy. Even when she is far from the studio's brimming shelves, Ashley says that she tries to let her passion for what she does thrive. "I give one pro-bono massage a week. If I'm at church and someone mentions a pulled hamstring, I'll pass them a note. I like to be a blessing for anyone I can."
At Luv 2 Rub, a skilled massage therapist fights unwieldy stress and pesky muscle pains using deep-penetrating Swedish massages augmented by hot-stone therapy. The muscle mender, fully stocked with an assortment of oils that can target specific ailments, tailors each massage to work around patrons' individual needs, preferences, and vestigial dorsal fins. Tensed torsos settle in for their 60- or 90-minute sessions as caring hands employ the Swedish technique's long, flowing strokes to help induce relaxation and ply muscle tissue. By tracing taut tendons with heated basalt stones, the anxiety-fighting guru can help increase blood circulation, reduce back pain, and promote a deeper understanding between man and rock.