Eschewing the jack-of-all-trades philosophy of salon-spas, Joseph Smith of Karma Massage and Body Work Therapy is master of multiple forms of hands-on assuagement. Joseph performs his treatments in a cozy room emblazoned with emerald-colored artwork that recalls the wizard's gift of relaxation bestowed upon the stressed out knot-man who stiffly followed Dorothy to Oz. A simple conversation with the affable ache-slayer about daily habits and problem cricks allows for customization of his soothing remedy.
Aestheticians, stylists, and nail technicians all work together to beautify their clients’ bodies at Silk Road Salon & Spa. The stylists wield their shears to send locks of hair to the floor; below the hairline, aestheticians perform facials and peels that exfoliate the skin and erase traces of age lines or sun damage. With makeup application and eyelash extensions, the staff makes expressions shine as elegantly as Audrey Hepburn in her famed glow stick necklace phase. Massage therapists knead tension from muscles, and different body wraps further pamper patrons by moisturizing the skin.
Ma'ati Spa is as much a retreat for the senses as it is for the whole body. Massage therapy eases the muscles with every hot-stone session that helps clients—or couples—relax amid exposed brick walls and natural lighting. Essential oils come into play in many of the spa's treatments, but not before a thorough consultation to determine what kinds of aromatherapy are best suited to the client's needs. Out on the bright patio, flowers surround a wood deck and a tree leans over to provide shade and a non-judging ear. The main floor also does double duty as an event space, complete with a wide open floor plan that flows from room to room. Art is everywhere, from small elephant statues to elegant wall hangings, and a modern kitchen turns even the simplest parties into full-service soirees.
Shane Boone, one of the skilled stylists at Jennifer Kaye Designs Salon and Day Spa, specializes in handcrafting new cuts accentuated by highlights or all-over color. He employs Goldwell color to transform natural hues, and sends clients home with products⎯such as the naturally derived Onestà line⎯to maintain new looks. The spa and salon has a homelike, European atmosphere with French–inspired art prints and an entryway framed with bright-red flowers. A fireplace also warms up the ambiance and is ideal for destroying love letters written but never mailed to an old flame.
Master aesthetician Brandy Clapp injects 17 years of experience into her treatments at Eye Candy by Brandy Skincare Boutique & Spa. She and her team of aestheticians specialize in facial rejuvenation, including procedures such as microdermabrasion, chemical peels, and acne treatments, and regimens that soothe the skin and smooth the face. They also perform additional cosmetic services such as body waxing, lash and eyebrow tints, and oncology aesthetics.
The spacious, open studio of Massage Studio for Mind, Body & Spirit lies within a converted 19th-century home, where a licensed massage- and bodywork-therapist welcomes customers for a variety of soothing massages. As natural light pours in through large windows, the massage therapist offers modalities such as Swedish, deep tissue, hot stone, stretching, and prenatal.