The Mona Lisa isn’t just a portrait of timeless beauty, it’s also the product of a partnership between Mona Aldridge and Lisa Erwin. The licensed massage therapists and health advocates opened the Monalisa Wellness Center with the shared goal of helping their clients improve their overall well-being in many ways, creating a sanctuary that instills calmness as spa services are performed.
The privately located center—secluded and set back from the busy streets—offers massage, facials, body treatments, acupuncture, weight-loss treatments, and other services, including custom blends of services to meet individual needs. Expert aestheticians and therapists, some with 25 years of experience, help clients detoxify and feel cleansed through services such as gentle wraps infused with a mixture of aloe vera and herbs, or Microcurrent and LED light anti-aging treatments for lifting and contouring the face and body without surgery.
Julianna Pabst and Granville Dane](http://gr.pn/v3nXG3)—the creative masterminds behind Julianna & Dane Salon and Spa—have decades of collective experience in the beauty industry. While Granville specializes in hair services, Julianna—a licensed clinical aesthetician with years of experience as a film and television makeup artist—handles the skincare and bodycare aspects of their cozy duplex spa. Her commitment to high-quality skincare hasn’t gone unnoticed: D Magazine says of Julianna, “One of her best traits is her character…she really wants to help people look their absolute best.”
A menu of body treatments relies on natural extracts culled from seaweed, papaya, and very realistic still lifes to nourish and repair skin while eliminating toxins. Skincare services treat acne-prone, aging, or sensitive skin with professional products from Pevonia and Vivant Skin Care.
Larry North has spent his 25-year career inspiring people to change their bodies and their lives through his infomercials, talk-radio show, television appearances, three books, and, most notably, his six Larry North fitness centers. "Success," North believes, "is not about how many gyms or how many members we have. It is about successful clients who lose weight and keep it off..." Adhering to this mantra, he wants to make sure that every member has access to the best resources and tools to achieve their goals. He sees to it that all of his spacious and sleek gyms boast a high trainer-to-member ratio and are jam-packed with weights, strength machines, and cardio equipment from industry-leading manufacturers.
All North's spacious and chic facilities offer a bevy of group classes that include kickboxing, yoga, Pilates, dance-based fitness sessions, and their signature 30-minute abs workouts.
Licensed massage therapist Stacey Garrett ushers bodies into uncharted states of serenity with therapeutic massages enhanced with restorative botanicals and oils. She combines the massage's power to pamper with its ability to help detox the body, squeezing out embedded toxins with practiced pressure and triggering the body’s lymphatic system with red-rice scrubs, purifying masks, and herbs.
During each Thai herbal massage, hot-stone massage, or craniosacral-therapy session, Stacey sets the stage for personalized comfort by adjusting the lighting, music, wallpaper pattern, and temperature to her clients' preferences. She also encourages clients to make mental notes of sensations and feelings felt during their massage in order to heighten body awareness and give them a deeper understanding of what types of treatment will suit their recurring discomfort.
Nnedi Iwuchukwu wears many hats. In addition to being a certified personal trainer and Zumba instructor, she’s a licensed massage therapist and boasts clientele ranging from charitable organizations to the Dallas Cowboys. Through continuing education at Parker University's College of Chiropractic and the Body Business School for Massage, Nnedi gained an intricate understanding of physiology and how to ease tension with Thai acupressure, hot-stone therapy, and deep-tissue pressure. Furthermore, Nnedi’s own fondness for kickboxing, cycling, and running laps on a gigantic hamster wheel lend her an intimate knowledge of how the human body responds to rigorous athletic exercise, which allows her to better soothe post-workout bodies with signature bodywork.
Body Beautiful Studio’s menu of services not only focuses on keeping clients looking luminous and svelte, but also emphasizes the importance of good health and whole-body well-being. Rather than relying on the potentially harmful UV rays emitted by tanning beds, the studio’s airbrush tanning technicians instead engulf bodies in a mist of botanically based solution, creating an even, sun-kissed hue free of orange streaks, unlike carrots shot out of a T-shirt cannon. Body Beautiful’s full-body infrared treatments use far-infrared technology to relieve aches and contour silhouettes. As the gentle heat elevates metabolisms and helps release pent-up toxins, it can also improve skin tone by minimizing the appearance of cellulite.