As its name implies, High Maintenance Day Spa & Salon strives to meet the beauty demands of its most discriminating clientele with a comprehensive array of relaxing treatments. The spa’s stylists, nail technicians, tanners, and massage therapists continue to carry out the mission set forth by the Crims, who founded the spa in 2006 with the vision of a retreat from life’s hectic day-to-day routine. Indeed, the only stresses to be found amid the salon’s soft-hued tiffany-blue walls are those that arise when choosing which of the many services to indulge in. Couples massages make for romantic and relaxing experiences, waxing removes unwanted fuzz, and spray tans prepare bodies for playing hide-and-seek amid bronze garden sculptures. Before snipping their first locks or untying their first muscle knots, the staff establishes a relationship with each customer through friendly chitchat and an informal consultation.
Licensed massage therapist Tina Lee helps clients regain balance, physical comfort, and spiritual fulfillment one massage stroke at a time. She’s been in the field for more than 12 years, building up a repertoire of bodywork modalities that combat stress and physical discomfort. At ChakraWorks, she channels her healing powers through Swedish, trigger-point, reflexology, and hot-stone massage, inducing a sense of calm and well-being in clients and massage tables alike.
Licensed massage therapist Robin Hightower eases muscular tension with a relaxing compilation of massage services tailored to fit each client's unique needs and lifestyle. A 90-minute deep-tissue massage tackles subterranean tension, tightness, and pain and addresses specific pain concerns, such as localized injuries and shin bones that refuse to admit any connection to the knee bones. Lie amidst warm lighting and soothing green walls as weighty strokes forcefully caress maligned musculature, reinstating equilibrium and restoring structural integrity lost after years of leaving your back crumpled in the hamper. An elongating series of stretches fortifies more remote crevasses, improving range of motion in unapproachable joints, including hip flexors. New clients should plan to arrive 15 minutes early to complete brief intake and health forms, or fill them out beforehand.
Led by former pageant gal and licensed aesthetician Marci Ruffin Delaney, m.d. Skin strives not only to pamper outer shells but also to boost each client's inner sense of calm and confidence. The signature European facial treats mugs to exfoliation, deep-pore cleansing, and extraction (if necessary), leaving behind only a lustrous sheen and freckles that can speak conversational French. The 55-minute service also includes a massage of the face, neck, shoulders, arms, hands, legs, and feet, aiding total relaxation while wringing out accumulated storm water.
Aestheticians at Flawless Skin Studio cajole lethargic countenances into living up to their radiant potential by way of custom microdermabrasion and facial treatments. Owner Elana Smith helms a nimble-digited staff that whisks away epidermal imperfections using nontoxic, organic products. The noninvasive, 30-minute microdermabrasion process ghost-busts the antagonistic spirits of deceased surface cells on the face, neck, and décolleté with a polish of aluminum-oxide crystals, leaving cheeks and chins exfoliated and full of youthful brio. The one-hour custom facial coaxes once-ferocious skin into smooth, purring submission, and it is tailored to fit individual skin types, such as oily, dry, or willfully indignant. The service is concluded with a head and neck massage to ensure complete cranial tranquility. Just as it helps individual faces, Flawless Skin Studio helps the community at large—$1 from every service performed is donated to the local American Red Cross.
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.