How does one start a skincare business with no equipment, products, or money? Kim Evans found herself in that predicament when she started her business immediately after passing the state boards. With nothing but faith and a strong work ethic, she began tending to her clients' skin needs inside a rented room of a small spa. She worked 80 hours per week and became a licensed massage therapist to expand her business into what it is today: a wellness spa that enhances the beauty and health of skin and body through spa services and massage. Inside 2Gorjis Integrated Health & Wellness, three private treatment rooms house clients as two skin therapists cleanse surfaces during custom facials, or wrap bodies in aromatherapy herbal linens. The staff members bolster natural features with eyelash extensions, meticulous body waxing, and makeup artistry that includes exclamation points drawn next to eyebrows.
Back 2 Perfect Wellness Center's owner and massage therapist Laura has a sixth sense for what her clients need to heal. Using keen instinct honed over years of caring for people with chronic pain, stress, and general physical discomfort, Laura can tell where her clients' aches and pains lie and how to root them out with nine massage-therapy styles. Of course, Laura doesn't work on instinct alone. The attentive therapist takes the time to listen to visitors? ailments, and even encourages them to bring in a list of their symptoms, which can range from backaches to fatigue to premature antler molting. Laura customizes each massage session using therapeutic modalities including Swedish, trigger point, prenatal, and myofascial release. Laura also heads up a team of massage therapists with their own specialties, including a reiki master and sports-injury rehabilitator.
A trio of aestheticians helms The Regimen, where they personally pamper clients with an array of treatments while sharing a philosophy of consistency, education, and visible results. The cosmetically savvy triumvirate wields equipment such as DermaSweep, a vacuum pump that gently exfoliates skin, to enhance youthful appearances. Similarly, Endermologie delivers a deep-tissue massage to increase blood flow and boost movement and synchronized dance routines in the lymphatic system. After viewing before-and-after digital photos snapped by the accommodating staff, clients come away from treatments with proof of the effects.
Whenever new clients enter Renew Face & Body Wellness, owner Penny Christie greets them with a smile and then just listens. It's only after she fully understands their goals that the aesthetician and massage therapist starts to work on a custom plan for treatment, which might incorporate facials or massage modalities such as hot stone. A certified prenatal therapist and mother of five, Christie also designs facials and massages for expectant mothers, which address many of the changes in the skin and body that can accompany pregnancy. During the A Star Is Born prenatal massage, her signature treatment, she kneads sore muscles and loose joints as clients lie face-down on a special table that supports the baby and all of his or her prenatal furniture.
The staff at Creekside Spa & Salon likens their serene environs to a cozy living room free from the stresses of work, traffic, and toppling bunk beds. Every licensed massage therapist, cosmetologist, and stylist is board certified, and each practices their respective fields with a combination of authority and personalized care. Clients can amble into the steam sauna after engaging in one of seven massage modalities, which call upon techniques from Europe and ancient China to ease pain and stress. Skincare professionals lavish faces in myriad nutrients to help them forfeit blemishes and regain their luster, and stylists whittle away at overgrown strands, wax away body hair, and assist clients with makeup and cosmetics.
Metamorphosis means transformation?a process many people wish they could undergo from time to time. The team at Metamorphosis creates tiny transformations in appearance with the help of rejuvenating body wraps, massages, and botanical spray tans.
Clients unwind as body-pampering specialists tuck them into body wraps that work with high doses of herbs and minerals, including aloe vera, eucalyptus, and lavender oils, to help bodies purge toxins from cells. An infrared sauna uses penetrative heat to promote relaxation and encourage detoxification through sweat, and tanning specialists mist limbs in botanical bronzers that add a sun-kissed glow without exposing the skin to harsh UV rays or burnt-sienna crayons.