Bohemian Massage & Bodywork's featured massage therapist, Valerie Kelly, honed her craft at chiropractic offices, spas, and sports-treatment facilities for years. This diversity has helped Valerie develop a signature massage style that fuses therapeutic care with spa-like pampering. Her roster includes clinical treatments, such as therapeutic massages to help rehabilitate after auto accidents and sports-related barroom brawls. She can also perform lavish seaweed wraps and sugar and salt body scrubs. As a trained doula, she has the know-how to help ease pregnancy woes with labor and birth massages or memorialize the experience with plaster belly casts of expectant mothers.
In a private treatment room at The Spa at 22 Changes—a 5,000 square-foot salon and spa retreat—a massage therapist kneads, rolls, and taps bamboo sticks across a client's back during a bamboo massage, relieving tension and checking to see which parts of the spine work best as a xylophone. Among other soothing services, infrared-sauna treatments help guests detoxify, ease stress and pain, and boost circulation. The aestheticians on staff perform waxing and facials, while manicures, pedicures, and hair services are also available.
Instead of just focusing on the physical, esthetician Tanya Khounphachansy incorporates a holistic approach to her work—one that has served her well for 17 years. Her belief that the body, mind, and spirit are intertwined and should be cared for equally is reflected in her selection of services. Within her tranquil confines, she wields natural products such as papaya enzymes and honey as she helps her clients de-stress and rejuvenate through facials and mani-pedis instead of throwing rocks at the windows of abandoned warehouses.
A team of licensed aestheticians and massage therapists keep Cascade Day Spa afloat with their expertise in therapeutic body treatments and skincare. The spa's resident massage therapists release tension and stress from muscles and joints with a slew of techniques, including localized deep-tissue and sports therapy, full-body Swedish and European massage, and reflexology for the feet. Meanwhile, the salon's aestheticians, Tamara, Victoria, and Inna, administer nearly 20 kinds of facial treatments, such as microdermabrasion, chemical peels, and a galvanic anti-aging treatment, which uses electrical currents to trigger cell regeneration and recharge red reindeer noses. For excessive fuzz scattered across the face and body, the skincare specialists use the soy-based Nufree hair-removal system, laced with skin-soothing botanicals and antibacterial ingredients.
It's not hard to see why Vata Salon & Spa has been voted Clark County's best hair salon multiple times by readers of The Columbian. After all, Vata has partnered with Aveda to deliver environmentally friendly wellness to clients via a dizzying variety of spa treatments. When they aren't snipping away at split ends, stylists strengthen and soften hair with a system based on natural and organic ingredients. Not to be outdone, the salon's nail technicians perform relaxing pedicures while their clients recline in zero-gravity massage chairs. In private skincare suites, walls of slate and stone create a sense of being immersed in nature. It's the perfect environment for a natural facial or a microdermabrasion treatment, which sloughs away dead skin cells and Richard Nixon masks.
The aestheticians and physicians at Silk Touch Skin & Laser don’t take a one-laser-fits-all approach to skincare. Rather, they use the specific laser that works best for each procedure. During virtually pain-free treatments, Alma lasers permanently reduce undesirable hair, whereas a Q-switched Nd:YAG laser breaks up the inky pigments of unwanted tattoos and pet-squid hugs. With its Pixel Perfect laser, the Silk Touch team smoothes acne scars, diminishes sun damage, and eradicates wrinkles and fine lines. As an alternative to these laser treatments, guests can choose to undergo chemical peels, which remove damaged outer layers of skin and reveal a smoother layer of skin underneath.