Massage therapists Kenyata and Shelley indulge beleaguered bodies and feet with one-hour treatments that nourish skin and banish tension. A warm sugar scrub candy-coats feet from toes to ankles, moisturizing the skin while each granule sloughs off dead skin cells, trapping digital detritus and expired golden tickets inside a steamy towel wrap. Dexterous hands coax discomfort and stress from limbs with soothing pressure and expert movements accumulated over years of training and experience. While nimble fingers coddle bodies, the sweet salve penetrates and refreshes shopworn skin, ensuring legs are rejuvenated, relaxed, and ready to outrun herds of charley horses.
Balance for Life is a non-membership-based exercise facility where exercisers can take advantage of a staff of seasoned personal trainers. During visits, clients attend Pilates classes in an effort to strengthen cores or consult with trainers in order to achieve their personal fitness goals. The massage studio offers a place for athletes to unwind as a team of trained therapists expertly removes knots from muscles like master sailors with surprisingly kempt hands. Massage treatments include several massage modalities, such as pregnancy and deep-tissue massage.
Somewhere in a desert cavern in Arizona, mineral-rich ionite clay is being harvested from the ground in smooth, silky batches. It's destined for exclusive Pavay services and take-home Pavay organic exfoliating cleansers and essential-oil-imbued cleansing bars, sold exclusively at Salon Avé dayspa • medspa. The day spa's aestheticians use the spa’s signature line of all-natural, organic skincare products during custom facials, body wraps, and relaxing mani-pedis. According to a 2009 Press Publications article, the Pavay product owners and formulators earn enthusiastic high-fives from Mother Nature by producing the line locally using recyclable and partially biodegradable packaging materials.
But skincare isn't the only thing the Salon Avé dayspa • medspa team does well, as evidenced by their 2013 Talk of the Town News Customer Satisfaction Award. They also design new hairdos and loosen muscles with hot-stone massages, and relieve lines and wrinkles with full line of injectables. To enhance beauty from the inside out, they offer body-slimming Zerona treatments. One client’s Zerona success story was even featured on Twin Cities Live and in her mom’s Christmas letter that year.
New You Body Care is composed of a group of professionals who believe beauty starts from within. Because of this, they enhance beauty and wellness from the inside through traditional Chinese tui na massages and acupuncture treatments, which stimulate the flow of energy through pressure on specific points or channels in the body. They also provide exterior beauty treatments, such as ultrasonic cavitation, a body-contouring treatment that destroys fat cells and helps clients lose inches from the body, and radio-frequency skin-tightening treatments.
Offering treatments that battle fat and cellulite with ultrasound cavitation, Hot Mama Body Sculpting takes the high-tech approach to helping customers look their best. Patients can shed between 1/4 and 1 inch during treatments, where technicians target specific areas such as the abs, stomach, or thighs. The noninvasive treatment targets fat cells, breaking them down so they can be removed via natural bodily mechanisms. Hot Mama Body Sculpting also offers a radio frequency treatment to help tighten areas of loose skin, but results vary heavily and depend on each individual and their genetics.
The beauty team at Villager Salon and Spa pampers and primps clients in a combined spa and salon setting. On the salon side of the facility, a small band of experienced hair stylists with years of experience bestows hair sculptures with a parade of high-end hair and beauty products by Paul Mitchell, Coppola, and Kenra. Villager's equally tight-knit spa technicians carry out their own collection of services, each with a diverse skill set that encompasses trigger-point massage techniques, waxing, and the use of hot stones for massages and extreme juggling.
Massage Xcape's massage therapists practice a variety of massage modalities: they're skilled at prenatal, deep-tissue, and shiatsu techniques, for example. But their main specialty is Swedish relaxation massages designed to put the body and mind at ease. Patrons can also add on pampering details such as hot towels or soothing aromatherapy scents, or unwind in the Lexington Avenue location's sauna. As an added convenience, the practice holds extended evening hours.