The meteoric growth of Massage Envy has led to more than 800 spa locations and a healthy share of limelight from printed media buzz to promotions on
The Ellen DeGeneres Show and
The Doctors . Its experts have kneaded more than 50 million backs using modalities that range from the gliding strokes of Swedish massage to the targeted pressure of deep-tissue massage. Although the spa treats a wealth of clients, each Massage Envy session is personalized to individual needs. While indulging in prenatal, hot-stone, or trigger-point-therapy massages, clients can also request the soothing mint and rosemary essential oils of aromatherapy or the addition of warming and cooling products that help decrease inflammation and ease pain.
In addition to staffing massage therapists, the spas employ skincare experts who wield Murad products for four kinds of facials. Clients can treat sensitive skin to mild exfoliation or opt for anti-aging facials with glycolic acid before attempting to order off the kids’ menu at a diner.
At Oasis Club and Spa for Women, the dual energizing effects of exercise and relaxation meet under the same roof. Ladies of any age can seek out camaraderie and encouragement as they burn calories in outdoor boot-camp programs, Pro Fit semiprivate personal-training sessions, and group classes that include Zumba, yoga, and circuit training. Even when prepping for solo workouts, guests can benefit from the warm staff's instructions on how to use their stock of HumanSport functional-training equipment from Star Trac.
Spa visits needn't be a solitary affair, either. Friends can find serenity simultaneously with party packages for girls' nights and outings for couples, brightening their complexions with Dermalogica skincare products and gabbing about the latest in cucumber-based eyewear. The spa tries to incorporate all-natural ingredients into treatments such as Bronze Biologic spray tans, Nufree botanical hair removal, and hot-stone massages.
Lisa Anderson—owner and head cosmetologist at STYLZ by Lisa—brings her 26 years of experience into every consultation. From there, she deploys the tricks she's learned along the way to trim, color, and highlight clients' hair. "I love working with people to help them look an feel their best," she says, "whether it is for special occasions or helping them find a style and color that fits their lifestyle." When she's not dolling up clients, she shares the wealth, teaching her techniques to aspiring cosmetologists as a licensed instructor.
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 1 person
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular service: Color, highlights, and haircutting
Brands Used: Loreal, Scruples, Redkin, Morrocan Treatments
On the surface, Anew MediSpa looks like an upscale spa, with a homey waiting room decked out in hardwood furniture and sunny yellow paint. The services fit the bill, too: traditional facials, waxing,
and massage therapy among them. However, the center boasts a medical director, Dr. Ashley Chin, who personally administers all injections of Botox and Juvéderm. It's her medical expertise, paired with the center's state-of-the-art technology, that gives Anew its edge.
Dr. Chin oversees the safety of the med spa's laser treatments, which include hair and spider-vein removal, skin tightening, photofacials, and acne treatments. Despite the reliance on technology, Dr. Chin and her team of aestheticians are personally invested in each treatment, maintaining a professional-and-inviting atmosphere that makes clients feel at ease.
Renu Massage has a team of therapists, each of whom brings a unique specialty to the massage table. Therapist Suzanne, for instance, favors medical massage for those suffering from injury, but she also uses relaxation techniques to help bring a mind-body balance. Scott also specializes in medical massage, using trigger-point therapy to dissolve chronic tension. Kelli specializes in working with runners who need extensive leg and shoe work, and Shondi can help expectant mothers find relief from aches and pains. This varied expertise means every client can find relief at Renu, as therapists draw from a wide selection of modalities that range from Swedish and hot stone to sports and deep tissue.
The up-to-date lasers at Belallure Laser & Wellness Center are a triple threat—they can reduce unwanted hair growth, erase tattoos, and obscure signs of aging. Noninvasive Laser 360 treatments compound photonic wonderment by toning crinkled skin, smoothing out wrinkles, and balancing discoloration. The physician-supervised team also inspires overall well-being with an arsenal of more traditional spa treatments. Hot-stone and Swedish massages, for example, relax musculatures, whereas a set of facials brighten complexions better than neon blush at a blacklight disco.