The beauty technicians at Millie's Salon & Spa tend to muscles and skin with environmentally friendly products, releasing visitors back into the world with a clearer mind and dermis. Hands help relieve tension during an hour-long Swedish massage, a light- to medium-pressured technique that uses long, connective strokes and kneading to improve blood flow, stimulate the lymphatic system, and melt stress into a puddle of biodegradable papier-mâché. Technicians treat above-shoulder areas to hour-long Aveda Outer Peace facials, which administer a gentle scrubbing with products formulated to fight blemishes and imperfections on the face. After aiming to exfoliate away bumps, grime, and post-it notes, aestheticians perform extractions to purge pores of toxins and build-up. The treatment, which aims to clear breakouts and protect against future flaws, works best in a three-week series.
Licensed massage therapist Jessica Gousha calibrates each kneading treatment to the concerns of the client. Like students who select their own rewards in the most progressive preschools, massage patrons can pick between gentle and firm options. A mild technique, Swedish massage soothes façades with gliding motions that improve circulation. Deep-tissue massage utilizes enhanced compression to realign muscles and connective tissue, making bodies as relaxed as a group of sleeping kittens.
Baby Belly's passionate staff enliven weary hands and feet with all-natural, pregnancy-safe products during a spa mani-pedi. After cannon-balling into a therapeutic soak to kick off the pedicure, freshly exfoliated feet and lower legs are massaged with hot stones to banish aches. Then, paw pamperers rub limbs with peppermint tea tree foot balm to soften soles and arnica gel to reduce swelling.
Working as a paramedic for 10 years, Beth Thompson witnessed the damage of unhealthy eating habits up close and personal. Her subsequent studies led her to create Target Metabolism, a health and wellness company that preaches weight loss through accurate analysis of the body and caloric accountability. Here, registered dietitians work with clients to create personal portraits of their metabolic needs, and massage therapists offer treatments to help the body relax during the weight-loss process.
Belle Vie MedSpa's staff includes a nurse practitioner, registered nurses, and a nutritional expert, who all work alongside a handful of licensed aestheticians, massage therapists, and skincare specialists to pamper clients with FDA-approved spa treatments. The highly trained team harnesses tools ranging from Botox injections to hair-razing lasers and may recommend products by Obagi and SkinCeuticals for at-home maintenance.
Specialties include vibradermabrasion, which uses stainless-steel paddles instead of the potentially irritating particles used in traditional microdermabrasion treatments. As they smooth skin, the textured paddles also send a vibrating sensation through the body that many clients find relaxing and many Beach Boys find inspirational. When not making the world beautiful one face at a time, the team at Belle Vie MedSpa puts the focus on building a better community, sponsoring a number of charities, including God's Pantry Food Bank, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, and The Nest Center for Women, Children & Families.
Visitors to SunSpa Tan & Body can achieve sun-kissed glows in one of two ways: with canisters of Mystic Tan's chromatically diverse DHA tanning solution or in 1 of 12 UV beds. With the close of a booth and the press of a button, Mystic Tan's elixirs nourish skin with infusions of aloe vera and antioxidants in a hue that suits each patron's unique complexion or beach-based excuse from jury duty in around 60 seconds. The diverse lineup of UV beds boasts features that range from open-air designs to speedy eight-minute bronzers. Newly tanned physiques can then retreat to the spa, where aestheticians help free them of imperfections with serums infused with Dead Sea salt and parafango mud.