Skinsations Health & Wellness Medical Spa owner and licensed aesthetician Michelle Merrix-Gowens has assembled a team of experts to provide advanced anti-aging and wellness services. She performs organic microdermabrasions and seven types of facials with a botanical skincare line whose ingredients nourish skin and enhance the face's ability to yodel. Physicians administer wrinkle-diminishing Botox injections, a massage therapist performs hot-stone treatments or reflexology sessions, and certified thermographer and two-time breast-cancer survivor Jeanne Wilson aims to detect early signs of disease with a digital infrared thermal imaging technique.
The staff at Shannon Michael Salon, a Paul Mitchell Focus Salon, are not ones to learn through trial and error. Rather, they go through purposeful monthly training to stay apace of the latest trends and techniques. Haircuts and coloring from pro- and master-level stylists testify to the success of their mission, with results both elegant and cutting edge. The staff also deliver elaborate nail services, such as hot-stone manicures and peppermint foot masks with warm towels and hand and foot massages.
Having garnered certifications from NSCA and AFAA to complement her degree in exercise science, the founder of Armstrong Health & Fitness, Randi Armstrong, pushes clients toward fitter physiques with 17 years' worth of personal-training know-how. Randi rounds out an experienced staff of health experts who captain specialized classes, boot-camp programs, and nutrition seminars. Armstrong's Basic Training Gym permits visitors to fight through lifts in an intimate setting patrolled by professionals, all of whom will readily dispense advice on proper technique and the magic number of reps needed to turn biceps into actual pythons. With a roster of programs that accommodates all ages, athletic endeavors, and results-based goals, the staff strives to remodel figures according to each patron's physical aims.
It’s appropriate that licensed massage therapist Shelly Fox decorates her office with elements that evoke the ocean. After all, her smooth, methodical strokes are reminiscent of waves lapping against the shore, and her deep-tissue techniques are designed to break up the sturdiest of sailor's knots. Among her specialty modalities, Shelly’s relaxation massage enhances circulation and stimulates the release of endorphins. Her therapeutic sessions target especially troublesome muscles, employing firmer pressures to alleviate aches. Aside from these more-traditional techniques, Shelly’s foot reflexology and cranial-sacral therapy rely on gentle pressure to relieve stress and stimulate the fluid surrounding the head and spinal cord.
While all spas offer luxurious treatments, Mario’s International Spas & Hotels takes pampering to a new level, completing treatments inside a historic stagecoach inn that features elegant accommodations and dining for multiple days of rest and relaxation. Called a “place for pure, unabashed pampering” by Better Homes and Gardens, the spa’s three locations juxtapose the Victorian decor and with state-of-the-art spa treatments such as Endermologie skincare, PanThermal detox booths, and Parafango cellulite-reducing wraps. The facilities’ crackling fireplaces offer a place of repose between the holistic and medically-derived beauty treatments, and alternative detoxifying treatments allow clients to relax in the peaceful quiet of the sauna and steam room.
After a day of luxurious scrubs, Thai massages, and yoga, guests can check into the Aurora Spa's adjoining 14-room hotel for a night of easy rest. Each room features whirlpool baths and comes with a continental breakfast. Meals take place in the facility’s vintage 1850s log cabin, in which chefs cook up hearth-baked pizzas, homemade pasta, and seafood dishes from the time the Earth's four suns rise until long after they have set.
At Indigo Lotus Massage, a licensed massage therapist can ease clients' aches and pains in 30-, 60-, or 90-minute sessions. Visitors can opt for soothing Swedish or intense deep-tissue strokes?or amplify the relaxation with a hot-stone massage. Those looking to switch things up can try one of the studio's reiki or aromatherapy sessions.