Like fine marble statues, human bodies must be touched up on a regular basis lest their surfaces dull, their north sides moss, and their forearms fall off. Lavish your life vehicle with today's Groupon: for $60, you get $120 worth of spa services at Aqua the Day Spa, with locations in North Jackson and Ridgeland.
Named The Best Day Spa 2010 by Mississippi Magazine, Aqua the Day Spa soothes and rejuvenates with a smattering of classic and contemporary services. Sensitive skin can seek comfort in the 60-minute chamomile and honey facial, which restores tranquility to irritated, stressed skin with a gentle cleansing and mild exfoliation, leaving dermis as smooth and brilliant as Aristotle in a silk bathrobe ($95). The 60-minute black-pepper slim and detox body treatment similarly pampers frames while draining toxins, toning, and helping to evict unwanted fatty tissue ($115). Those stressed from daily traffic jams or verbally abusive invisible friends can shed tension with a 90-minute hot-stone massage, which melds traditional techniques with warm, smooth stones to increases circulation and alleviating pain ($145).
To complete full-body spa packages, add a refining treatment, such as a full-face hair removal ($35+), an aqua signature manicure ($25), or a pedicure ($45). Custom-create a day of relaxation, or spread treatments out over a multiple visits to extend the feeling of indulgence.
Aqua the Day Spa
It's quiet in Aqua the Day Spa. No cell phones or pagers are allowed to remain active in either of the two locations, so all you hear is your pulse slowing to a steady, soothing beat and the tiny noises made as expert hands open bottles of designer beauty products. Open since 1998, owners Susan and Ralph Barnette struck the right, Enya-like chord in 2003, when they first earned the title of Best Day Spa in the Jackson Free Press's annual "Best Of" roundup. The team of aestheticians and massage therapists have swept that title every year since, deflating the competition in proportion to lifting spirits. Paraben-free Skin Authority and scented Tokyomilk tonics nourish skin with vitamin-rich Moroccan clay and soothing mango, or exfoliate dead cells with bamboo salves scented with ylang-ylang. The staff's nimble hands blend these into custom treatments, including those to combat aging and the strange shadows creeping over men's skin, and work aromatherapeutic elixirs into muscles with nine different massage modalities. OPI and Shellac nail polish transform hands and feet into fashion accessories, a project helped along by smoothing wax.