Waxing expert Ashly Clinger frees men and women from unwanted stubble in her homey studio, Face & Body Skin Care Retreat. She is such a pro at this form of depilation that she has recorded an instructional DVD to teach aspiring waxers the techniques and theory of her craft. Her website educates clients with tips such as avoiding caffeine for 12 hours before the appointment or how to write a nice breakup letter to the unwanted body hair. As a licensed aesthetician, Ashly also performed facials, body scrubs, and ear candling.
With a choice of eight facials and a wide menu of body treatments, it's clear how serious the team at New Vogue Beauty is about helping clients look their best. Their offerings are unique particularly in the way they combine time-tested beauty regimens with advanced technology. The detox face-lifting facial, for one, combines a traditional European facial with LED light therapy to improve skin's elasticity. Then there's the Lipo Vacuum System, which helps reduce inches in the waist and thighs and requires no recovery time. New Vogue Beauty also brings to the table non-surgical breast-enhancement treatments that use seven different technologies, including radio frequency and massage, to encourage deep relaxation and looseness in the muscles.
Rich browns and greens cover nearly every inch of Origins Massage and Bodyworks, summoning the serenity of an ancient forest. Teeming with plant fronds, mud-hued walls, and dark wooden floors, this tranquil space encourages visitors to ponder beginnings, from the seedling that grows into a towering redwood tree to the sense of calm that springs from a gentle touch. Licensed massage therapists guide individuals and couples to private rooms, where warm beds and soft music help them shed stress from the outset. After the therapist compiles a health history, the client identifies tender muscles, stiff joints, and other sources of pain and tension. If desired, staffers may also perform skin treatments such as organic facials and exfoliating foot scrubs.
During the studio's signature Swedish massage, a therapist cultivates relaxation using long, flowing strokes, light taps, and gentle pressure. Each session is tailored to specific pressure preferences and may include trigger-point therapy if the client is suffering from muscle knots. To minimize friction and maximize comfort, the therapist may daub the skin with massage oil as smooth as a saxophone dipped in chocolate fondue.
At Adonis Spa, aestheticians invoke the eponymous Greek god of beauty and follow tips that surface during in-depth consultations as they craft custom concoctions of plant-derived Pure Fiji skincare products. The spa sets a soothing tone the moment clients walk through the door: peaceful music wafts throughout the space, fruit-infused water or herbal tea beckons clients' palates, and aestheticians sing lullabies to stressed-out complexions. The treatments themselves also soothe. Therapists incorporate aromatherapy into their massages, for instance, and aestheticians cosset skin with plant- and mineral-derived products whenever possible.
After 25 years in the salon industry, Breathe Salon & Spa owner Sue Tonyan knows how to create a relaxing atmosphere. Sue and her team of certified salon professionals prettify guests with services ranging from facials and hair extensions to medical-grade therapies such as Botox. Above all, friendly staffers hope to create an oasis for clients to escape life’s stressors, such as overstuffed schedules or a child’s discovery of “The Song That Doesn’t End.” Staffers favor products by such high-end brands as KMS California, Dermalogica and Jan Marini.
As a physical therapist with his own private practice, Hand & Stone founder and chief operating officer John Marco made sure that he kept abreast of the rapidly growing health and wellness industry. After a period of careful research and planning, John decided to create a spa based around convenience and affordability?Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa.
Since its launch, Hand & Stone has expanded to more than 20 states and four planets. The spa?s core concept is to offer massage, facial, and waxing services performed by licensed, certified, or registered professionals and offered at convenient times, seven days a week. Each location adheres to a traditional spa aesthetic with soft lighting, heated treatment tables, and plush linens.