Swimsuit season has arrived at last—a time when people are more inclined than ever to seek out spa treatments that will allow them to flaunt flawless skin and their best possible bodies. Such services can (and should!) extend well beyond the standard scrubs or wraps to incorporate health-boosting extras, and they can be custom-tailored to lavish TLC on specific areas of concern. If you’re in need of some inspiration for your own summer menu, look no further than the five targeted offerings that follow—guaranteed to impart both an inner and outer glow, from neck to toe.
Bioslimming Wrap (75 min./$180), Cleise Brazilian Day Spa, Chicago
Body Benefits: Tones, firms and flushes out fatty deposits.
Protocol Pointers: For clients seeking to slim down specific areas and tone trouble zones, this wrap promises to shrink those spots and minimize the appearance of cellulite and stretch marks. After taking measurements, the therapist applies a combination of Bioslimming Gel and Cream, and employs massage techniques with a Brazilian rubber roller designed to heat up the body and boost lymphatic drainage. The client is then wrapped—in saran, a layer of plastic, and then a blanket to keep warm—and treated to a foot or scalp massage. Next, the wrap is removed and the therapist applies a cooling gel for a tightening effect, then wraps the client up again for another 15 minutes, during which they get to enjoy turmeric and ginger tea with lemon and honey. “We’re famous for our tea,” notes spa owner Cleise Gomes. “It’s a digestive aid and enhances the wrap’s effects.” To conclude the service, the wrap is removed and clients are advised to avoid showering for the next four hours so that the products can continue to penetrate the skin and work their magic.
Rave Reviews: Results can be seen and measured immediately, according to Gomes. “Inches are gone and the slimming effect is obvious,” she notes. “It’s very popular before special occasions and events—clients know it really works!”
Stem Cell Body Treatment (60 min./$140), Simply Beautiful Day Spa, Lombard, Illinois
Body Benefits: Improves skin elasticity and minimizes discoloration and other signs of aging.
Protocol Pointers: According to founder Angela Horejs, this treatment is especially appealing to the 50-plus crowd, with clients typically opting to focus on areas where their skin has become loose and crepe-like, such as the upper arms, belly or buttocks. The service starts with a thorough exfoliation using a citrus-infused sea salt scrub, followed by the application of Pevonia Stem Cell Body Serum, which contains argan and comfrey plant stem cells blended with green coffee, avocado and shea butter to help firm and stimulate skin’s metabolism. Once the serum is absorbed, a soothing and nourishing caffeine-infused moisturizer is applied. The therapist then puts on a contouring body mask designed to rejuvenate and firm areas of concern. The client is cocooned for 20 minutes while they enjoy de-puffing eye pads and a scalp massage. “Depending on the guest’s preference, we remove the mask with hot towels or put them under a body jet shower, and then we finish that up with Pevonia Intensive Stem Cell Moisturizer to lock in hydration,” says Horejs.
Rave Reviews: Clients love the products used in this service, which helps drive retail sales and ultimately allows them to continue
the pampering experience at home. “Once guests experience the scents and see their tauter, smoother, more even-toned skin, it’s easy to sell them on the body moisturizer in particular, as well as other stem cell products,” notes Horejs.
Detox Contour Body Wrap (60 min./$140), Pearl Skin Studio, Las Vegas
Body Benefits: Minimizes bloat and tones trouble areas Protocol Pointers: To begin this skin-smoothing and bodyslimming service, the therapist thoroughly exfoliates physique, and the client takes a quick shower to residue. Next, M’lis Contour Body Wrap Cream is the guest is tightly enveloped in plastic wrap with techniques that help encourage lymphatic drainage. client lies down in bed, they’re offered a range of and rejuvenating enhancements. “I can provide a min./$90), guided meditation and reiki (25 min./$simply mix some oils for them to breathe in and let sleep or meditate on their own with an eye pillow—it’s a treatment for the whole body and mind,” says spa owner Katia Simonenko. The service concludes with the removal of the wrap and, in many cases, an application of more essential oils to deepen the relaxing experience.
Rave Reviews: The day after receiving this treatment, Simonenko says, clients have “out of control” amounts of energy. “Their clothes
fit better and they feel great, which makes them want to eat clean and exercise!” she enthuses. “It helps flush out toxins and makes them feel so good that they typically won’t gain those inches back by going home and eating junk or drinking booze.”
Sonoran Signature Scrub, Massage & Wrap (110 min./$380 weekdays, $390 weekends), The Phoenician Spa, Scottsdale, Arizona
Body Benefits: Relaxes muscles and rejuvenates skin Protocol Pointers: A desert experience designed to leave guests completely balanced, beautiful and blissed-out, this service starts with a full-body exfoliation with Kerstin Florian Turkish Salt Scrub, followed by a massage using lavender and sage oils, plus heated stones made from rose profyr. When the client is fully relaxed and skin polished
to perfection, the therapist slathers on an aloe gel to counter Scottsdale’s intense sun rays and lock in moisture, then wraps them in a sheet and beneath warming blankets for 15 minutes. Guests receive an acupressure facial massage and foot rub while the gel penetrates, and the covers are finally removed to reveal smooth, supple results.
Rave Reviews: “It’s a pretty magical experience,” says spa director Sheryl McCormick, who explains that the treatment was specially created to reflect The Phoenician’s desert setting. “Guests get every inch of their bodies exfoliated, warmed up and fully pampered—
there’s not a single person who doesn’t enjoy or benefit from the experience.”
Matcha Lemongrass Pedicure (60 min./$75), Philip Douglas & Co., Naples, Florida
Body Benefits: Exfoliates and hydrates the feet and lower legs Protocol Pointers: No summer service menu would be complete without a sweet treat for oft-exposed feet. That’s achieved at Philip Douglas & Co. with its most popular pedicure. As guests sip on a tall glass of matcha lemongrass iced tea, the experience kicks off with a soothing foot soak, followed by a thorough massage with Repêchage Matcha Lemongrass Scrub from the toes to the knees. “It’s absolutely delightful because the scrub is so zesty—it really wakes clients up with its citrus scent—and the seaweed and aloe are deeply nourishing,” says co-owner Doug Olsen. Next, the technician carefully tends to the cuticles and nails—trimming, fi ling and buffing as needed—prior to applying a super hydrating paraffin wax. The service concludes with nail polish, according to the client’s preference.
Rave Reviews: While women are typically the ones most likely to seek out this pampering pedicure, Olsen notes that it’s also a huge hit with male clientele. “They really appreciate the results—they’re no longer walking around with red, itchy, cracked feet,” says Olsen. “But my take is that they also like that the aromas aren’t too sweet or flowery, so they don’t smell like they fell into a bin of gardenias.” He adds that Floridians use lots of self-tanner, so it makes sense to offer plenty of exfoliation-focused treatments like this one. “The scrub keeps the tanner from going on streaky,” explains Olsen.
–by Katie O-Reilly
This story first appeared in the June issue of Dayspa magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.