Genesis owner Jill Talbot has been busy the last few years. She's attended two Redken symposiums in Las Vegas, bareMinerals training in San Francisco, three Discover shows in St. Louis, and a DevaCurl cutting class in New York City. All this training, and she still considers herself a student.
Continuing education is a huge priority for Jill and her Genesis staff, and it shows in their expertise. Clients can request a sharp scissor cut, custom color, or sleek tapered highlights to flatter their individual features. The salon also offers other beautifying services, such as nailcare and specialty waxes.
When Karoline Vaz came to St. Louis from her native Brazil, she had only planned to polish her English skills. But she fell in love with the city and its people, and decided to stay in America. While she agonized over a career path, a friend bought Vaz her first massage to help her relax. That massage gave Vaz the direction she needed—she was so affected by the service that she decided to become a massage therapist.
Now, Vaz joins four other licensed massage therapists at Health & Harmony Massage Therapy, LLC to deliver massage and body treatments to their personal lineup of clients. Each therapist works with the same clients for every appointment and takes detailed, confidential notes about their health. This enables the therapists to closely track clients’ progress, massage preferences, and assess clients’ ability to read their notes upside down. After their treatments, clients can sip complimentary refreshments in the center’s relaxation room.
The therapists at Well Kneaded Massage recognize the importance of a balanced mind, body, and spirit, which is why they have devoted themselves to massage therapies, energy work, and healing touch treatments. They specialize in nine different types of massage, including Swedish, hot stone, deep- issue, and chakra balancing, during which a therapist combines the properties of deep-tissue massage, foot reflexology, and subtle energy work. They also offer additional harmonizing treatments, including beeswax ear candling and reflexology for the hands, feet, and ears.
The Studio's team of dedicated Pilates and yoga instructors promote health and wellness by guiding students through 25 dynamic exercise classes per week. The studio’s robust schedule boasts lessons in four varieties, accommodating a range of skill levels from experienced to novice. In introductory mat classes, budding fitness buffs learn the 10 basic Pilates principles designed to build a strong foundation for future workouts. All of the beginner-friendly classes emphasize proper alignment and mindful breathing techniques during a series of standing postures and hip and shoulder openers, leaving challenging inversions, arm balances, and sun salutations to the sticky mat ninjas populating intermediate sweat sessions. Students can try equipment-based Pilates classes and utilize a system of ropes and pulleys to add more resistance to core-strengthening moves and help increase limbs' range of motion. They can also head to morning Pilates mat classes for an early-light fitness buzz, where they work toward building long, lean muscles capable of reciprocating bear hugs from an actual bear.
The experienced beauticians at Belleza Salon sculpt 'dos, pamper bodies, and transmogrify coarse skin into silky surfaces with a variety of treatments. The 60-minute microdermabrasion begins with a facial cleanse and soft exfoliation to give a polite heave-ho to clingy debris and dead skin (a $100 value). Tiny diamond crystals gently remove the outer layer of the skin, thereby sweeping away evidence of fine lines, acne scars, and catfights at a pet store. Meanwhile, a moisturizing mask soothes the pores to reduce the chance of irritation after the treatment. Alternatively, the 60-minute Belleza facial uses gentle ultrasonic energy to stimulates collagen production in the face, which helps boost elasticity, even skin tones, and create a youthful appearance without hitchhiking on tricycles (a $110 value). The facial comes to a soothing close with a massage of the face, shoulders, hands, and feet.