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Taking a Bliss Break


the entrance to a luxury spaWhen you are overstressed and overworked, your mind, body and spirit all suffer. Spas provide a much-needed escape from a stress-filled environment.

The different types of spas out there can be mind-boggling. What exactly is the difference between a salon, a salon spa, a medical spa and a therapeutic/relaxation focused spa?

A therapeutic/relaxation spa takes a holistic approach to a person’s well-being. This type of spa is more health-oriented, with less of a focus on appearance than a salon spa or medical spa.

MB Oasis in Plymouth is this type of spa. Co-owner Jaclyn Nott describes it as a “wellness center.”

“We focus on health and wellness and preventative medicine,” she says. “We still focus on relaxation, but usually after someone has had a few treatments.”

Services offered at MB Oasis include integrative bodywork, skin treatments with an esthetician, full body treatments, scrubs and wraps, yoga, Pilates, tai chi, ear candling, a hot tub/spa pool, acupuncture, massage therapy and a “hodge podge” of items for sale, including work by local artists, tea, and products for the bath and body that are as organic and synthetic-free as possible.

“We want to be accessible to everyone,” says Nott, who owns the business with her mom and sister.
The key is teaching people how to take care of themselves.

“We try to take care of the whole person and negate the need for so many trips to the doctor,” she says.

Another type of spa, a salon spa, places an emphasis on the total spa experience, with fluffy robes, a soothing ambiance and plenty of pampering services—from hair and nails to massages and body treatments.

Twiggs Salonspa, a high-end facility in Wayzata, offers customized services and completely unique consultations.

“Each time you come to our salon it’s like getting a mini makeover,” explains Twiggs founder and talented stylist Shauna Raisch.

Consultations with an experienced technician focus on face shape, hair type, interests and lifestyle.

“We’re very cutting edge,” Raisch says. “We go out to New York to see what they’re doing and then bring it back here.”

In addition to a full range of salon and spa services, Twiggs carries Kérastase products, sold in the top one percent of salons nationwide.

A well-known salon spa in Uptown, reVamp! Salonspa, is a full-service salon specializing in total image, from head to toe, says Robert Lindquist, general manager.

“We offer hair makeovers and makeup application with lessons.,” he explains. “We also have a fully trained spa team that performs massages, body treatments, facial and nail services.”

Some of the more popular services at reVamp! Include stone massage therapy that “warms you to the core,” and a Silhouette Analysis that focuses on accentuating the positive and making the most of your figure.

Lindquist explains, “Our style expert calls it camouflage dressing. The service educates you in what look best on your body type.”

 At Sanctuary Salonspa, a Premiere Aveda Lifestyle Salon and Spa in Eden Prairie, over 100 services sooth and heal, balance and beautify. Guest service is the most fundamental element of the company’s philosophy, with each technician showing a genuine dedication to quality.

“We train, train, train our employees to go above and beyond in caring for the guests,” says Sheri Karnowski, owner. “I am extremely proud of what they do.”

Some of the more unique services at Sanctuary Salonspa include hair extensions and straightening, outdoor massages in a beautiful, secluded, landscaped area, pregnancy massages, hot stone massages, and Vitamin C facials. 

According to Karnowski, “People need to take time for themselves to indulge, relax and recuperate from the daily stresses of life.”

A trip to the spa can help people find clarity of mind, body and soul. When they’re done, they’ll be ready to go back out into the world feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.

Brian Graham of Brian Graham Salon in Minneapolis says their mission is to provide a contemporary sanctuary for beauty. Services begin with hair and face and finish with fingers and toes.

“Collectively, we create an unforgettable look, and provide unparalleled service, for everyone seeking a retreat from it all,” Graham says.

The main difference between a salon or salon spa and a medical spa is that a medical spa must have a medical professional on staff to oversee the spa’s functioning. The ultimate goal at a med spa is real change, not a temporary alteration of the appearance.

Treatments rely on lasers to remove hair, tighten skin, lighten discolorations of the skin and remove tattoos.
Consultative Skin Care in Wayzata is one of these spas.

“We offer popular non-invasive procedures in a beautiful, relaxing medical spa setting,” explains owner, nurse and skin care specialist Claudia Miller.

Services include chemical peels, microdermabrasian, laser hair removal, Obagi products and blue peels, acne treatments, European facials, massage therapy, body wraps, Botox injections and plastic surgery consultations by Dr. John Ness. 

Permanent makeup, a new service, is excellent for those looking for a carefree approach to their morning routine, Miller says. Options include eyebrows, eyeliner and lips.

According to Revessence Skin Enhancement Center in Eden Prairie, Botox injections temporarily paralyze the muscle for up to four months. The most frequent side effect is bruising.

The difference between Botox and a dermal filler, such as Restylane, is that a dermal filler is injected just below the surface of the skin, temporarily adding volume and/or structure to improve fine lines and wrinkles.
Another service offered at Consultative Skin Care and Revessence Skin Enhancement Center is laser hair removal. Revessence, owned by local plastic surgeon Dr. Gregory Mesna, offers seven different laser systems to treat a variety of conditions. Laser hair removal is one of the most popular services. It works on both facial and body hair, doesn’t require needles or skin creams, is safe, effective, long-lasting, and fast. Revessence also offers a new hydrating facial treatment called Javani, a complimentary computerized skin analysis, and skin rejuvenation treatments.

Resource Guide

Advanced Medical Institute

Allina Hospitals & Clinics

Awaken Pilates Studio

Boger Dental

Brian Graham Salon

Consultative Skin Care

Consulting Radiologists

Dr. Elizabeth Cooper

Dr. Steve Gorman

Healtheast Care System

Hennepin County Medical Center

Judy Beyers’ PowerSource Personal Training

Majestic Falls Aveda Concept Day Retreat & Spa

MB Oasis

The Marsh

Naturally You

Dr. Nancy Norling

Revessence Skin Enhancement Center

Sanctuary Salonspa

Sound Sleep Center

Twiggs Salonspa

West River Dental Care

Dr. Ned Windmiller


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