Paulina Esthetics Boutique channels the beautifying talents of three aestheticians, a cosmetologist, and a massage therapist, into a menu of spa services performed with high-quality products. Soft and hard waxes gently snatch fuzz from sensitive skin and serums tailored to specific flaws renew faces and reverse the signs of too much time spent with shar pei puppies. An organic airbrush-tanning formula bronzes bodies to one of three sun-kissed sheens, and colorful Lash Candy extensions frame eyes with a rainbow of sparkly hues. The boutique salon is outfitted with dark woods and trendy furnishings, like vintage chic furniture and ambient lighting.
At Elite Healing Touch Massage Clinic & Spa, patrons recline in private rooms as licensed massage therapists banish aches and pains with one of six different massage types. Clients can soothe battered pitching arms or legs returning from leap frog tournaments during a sports massage, or luxuriate under the gentle strokes of a classic Swedish treatment. Trigger-point sessions use holistic healing to relieve muscle spasms and cramping, and both aromathapery and raindrop therapy massages harness the aromatic, healing, and relaxing powers of soothing oils. For those with custom concerns or a dolphin-fin implant, combination massages can blend modalities to craft the perfect de-stressing session.
At the beginning of each 90-minute treatment, a skin assessment is performed to determine each individual's facial needs. After the customized mélange of skincare products sets to work, the energy-relaxation regimen begins. Using the techniques of Reiki—a practice said to relax the body and mind and release the stresses of daily life—level II practitioner Sarah Gordon acts as a guide for the Chakra's healing energies. With the energy flowing, customers are gently massaged, soothing the neck, shoulders, décolleté, scalp, arms, hands, and feet. The foot massage combines energy-stimulation and reflexology techniques to invigorate the whole body.
At Hot Heads Salon, “Keep It Up!” isn’t a motivational phrase. It’s the name of the root re-touch treatment, a title that’s exemplary of Hot Heads’ Salon cheeky service menu. Stylists, including the mother-daughter duo that runs the salon, cut locks but do not blow-dry them during “Shape Up…Ship Out!” sessions and straighten ringlets with “I Hate Curl” straightening treatments. Aside from hair services—which also include highlights, Brazilian blowouts, perms, and conditioning treatments—they also perform waxing and manicures.
Inside Colleen’s Family Hair Care, the stylists at Hair Goddess welcome men and women into their chairs for haircuts, color services, and beard trims. Apart from shearing up overlong lengths, the team elongates locks with Cinderella hair extensions and extinguishes frizz with smoothing Brazilian blowouts. When they’re not tending scalps with hair services, versatile staffers primp façades with brow, lip, and chin waxing.
Owners and licensed massage therapists Carla and Sandi treat sore muscles and relieve tension from head to toe with relaxing massages inside one of Wauwatosa's longest standing massage therapy businesses. Soothing kneads and gliding strokes loosen rigid muscles and disentangle tightly knotted tissue, limbering the body for contorting their way through crowded ghost towns. Clients unwind as various manipulations alleviate soreness and improve circulation. A plush purple treatment bed shrouded in warm lighting welcomes clients into a relaxing state, while neutral tones accent a waiting area dotted with artwork painted by Carla, jewelry designed by Sandi, and facial imprints created by dazed clients tranquilly walking into walls posttreatment.
Aquarium maintenance might seem like a strange background for an expert in neuromuscular therapy and deep-tissue massage, but that's exactly how massage therapist Lynne Luckow got her start. She decided to change careers after reading about the health benefits of massage and went on to study anatomy, physiology, and medical massage at Aesthetics University. She opened Healing Hands Therapy Center in 1993 and continued her training with renowned professionals in the field of alternative medicine. Eventually, she grew her practice to the point where she was working 12 hours a day, six days a week, roughly the amount of time it takes to give a full-body massage to a really big whale. Luckow knew it was time to expand: the center is now home to eight highly trained massage therapists, who earned it nominations in CityVoter's Best Massage category in 2011.
In addition to performing massages, Luckow promotes physical and emotional healing with Ayurvedic counseling and meditation. She has further rounded out her team with licensed acupuncturist Brenda Sherman, who holds a Master of Science in acupuncture and oriental medicine.