CityWeekly gave Kudzu Body Clinic props, naming it the Best Massage on the Go in Utah for 2013. The accolades were no doubt earned from the variety of therapeutic and specialty massages offered. Massage therapists use Swedish, hot-stone, and trigger-point techniques to alleviate everything from dull aches to chronic pain. Specialty treatments focus on individuals suffering from sciatica, whiplash, and headaches.
During a 45-minute European facial at Black Tie Salon & Day Spa, clients undergo an epidermal analysis that helps to determine the correct treatment to nourish and relax the skin. A cleansing and an exfoliation remove surface dirt, dead cells, and gravy smudges, and a mask addresses particular skin issues. A hand-and-arm massage delivers soothing strokes to loosen the muscles. Clients can also choose an eyebrow service, crafting perfect arches with which to express delight over their facials. Warm vitamin-infused wax smothers brows before their quick removal with a cloth strip. Threading provides an alternative for those with sensitive skin or a deep empathy for candles. During this method, a twisted cotton thread lassos entire rows of hair to shape brows gently and efficiently while preserving the surrounding skin. Guests awaiting treatment can recline on a plush black-leather couch and peruse a collection of magazines inside a sleek studio of red walls adorned with black mirrors.
Specializing in noninvasive treatments, Dr. Alireza Falahati and the staff at Lisse Laser and Aesthetics revitalize skin with laser wavelengths and products from SkinCeuticals, GlyMed, ColorScience, and Clarisonic. The facility's chic waiting area greets clients with wooden floors, artwork-clad walls, and black, leather couches that showcase the luxury of hairless arms and legs.
As a child, Erin Kump's favorite toy was the portable foot spa she used when giving her family members pedicures. Her favorite treats were the mud masks her mother would bring home for her from the drugstore. This interest in beauty blossomed into a career, and she became an aesthetician full time.
From their nook in Salon Rain & Day Spa, awash in soothing earth tones, Erin and her staff help work toward clients' aesthetic goals with a full roster of body treatments. Shelves brim with products from Image and HydroPeptide, which can be calibrated to help clear up acne, refresh lax skin, and empower patrons to fight signs of aging without drinking from fountains that conquistadors put their mouths all over. Beneath a sign reading “In the depths of the soul, everyone deserves to feel beautiful,” slow exhalations rustle the long leaves of live bamboo plants. Aestheticians slip past, leaving the scents of peppermint M’lis wraps and seasonal treatments in their wake.
At the Institute of Facial and Cosmetic Surgery, cosmetic surgeons Brent D. Kennedy and Steven Constantine use their expertise to bolster patients' appearances. Dr. Kennedy, who holds both a medical and a dental degree, established the institute in 1988 to he train doctors from across the country in a continuing-education fellowship program. He also shares his extensive knowledge as a clinical associate professor of aesthetic maxillofacial surgery at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, and has seen his surgical techniques published in several medical journals and textbooks. His colleague, Dr. Constantine, combines his experience in surgical procedures with a deep-seated desire to get to know his patients and witness the positive mental transformation that follows the physical one.
In the 7,000-square-foot state-licensed surgical facility—which offers overnight stays and 24-hour nursing care—the duo performs a variety of procedures, ranging from face-lifts and tummy tucks to laser skin resurfacing. A master aesthetician is on hand to care for skin with anti-aging GlyMed Plus and Obagi products.
Zen Massage's trained therapists relax patients' taut tendons, putting bodies and minds at ease. Visitors can lie back and drift away on a 30-minute Silver Cloud massage, feeling the bed's jade rollers warm tendons, dissipate bodily tension, and create a low-pressure system in the brain (a $20 value). A massage therapist then soothes backs with experienced knuckles and palms in the 30-minute Quick Fix massage (a $49 value). After the massage restores skeletons to their naturally upright form, patients emerge with spines as straight as the horizon and faces beaming bright as a lighthouse.
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