Bella by Alethea is a small, personal spa with friendly staff and a lovely atmosphere. I have experienced both spider vein and hair removal treatments. The spider vein treatment went very well. I had developed a bruise-like cluster of veins on the back of my right thigh (just above the knee) while carrying my second child, and after eight years figured it wasn't going away on its own. Because it was so obvious, I was self-conscious about wearing shorts or short skirts. After four treatments, the cluster was diminished in size and color by about 90% so that it is now significantly less obvious. Although I am also satisfied with my under arm hair removal treatments, their efficacy was not what I originally expected so I advise potential clients not to get their hopes up too high. During my initial visit, I was told that most individuals achieve complete hair removal after 4-6 sessions, and as someone with fair skin and dark hair should respond well to the laser. I was also told that the percentage of hair removal for each session is about 10 to 20% and every client experiences different results. Optimistically, I expected to be hair-free after four times! However, after four appointments I was only at about 40% reduction. Prior to my fifth and sixth treatments, I spoke with the technician about my disappointed expectations and in both cases she promised to adjust the laser for more pronounced results. But after my 6th treatment I was still at only about a 60% reduction. At this point I emailed the company via their website and was answered directly by the owner, Alethea, who invited me to meet with her at my next appointment so that she could review my chart and adjust my treatment. She did so, and after this 7th treatment I was at about 85% reduction. In hindsight, I would recommend emailing the company earlier with concerns rather than just consulting with the technician. So although I didn't experience 100% hair removal, the remaining hair is finer and lighter in color so that I no longer feel like I have to shave every day - rather two to three times a week. An acquaintance who is a dermatologist told me that there is no such thing as permanent hair removal and that at least some of the removed hair should gradually return. I have noticed this somewhat over the months since my last treatment (in August 2011) so will plan to return to Bella by Alethea for a touch up treatment. I also wanted to mention that although another friend complained about how painful her hair removal treatments were (at a different spa), I would characterize my sessions as more uncomfortable than painful. The technicians offer you a cold pack in preparation for the treatment, and blow cold air on the area throughout the laser treatment. They also give you aloe afterwards. I wouldn't have signed up for 12 sessions if I found the experience painful! Overall I would recomment Bella by Alethea.
Everyone there has been beyond nice to me and very accommodating including Alethea. Keep in mind that I always go out of my way to project positive energy in hopes of receiving it back and that may well be my secret. :) First, I have very pale non tanning skin with dark coarse hair. I also feel almost no pain. I have been there 3 times for laser hair removal and after just one treatment I noticed at least 25% of the hair was gone. Since then I have been a total of 3 times. It has been at least 3 months that I haven't even shaved. Looking right now I can actually count how many hairs are left and they are hard to see and maybe a quarter of an inch long. I am leaving them so we can see what still needs to be done. I wish I could have my whole body done!!! I have been to another place when laser hair removal was still new around 5 years ago and I had 6 treatments and 100% of that hair has grown back. it was extremely painful and It also cost me around $700!! Since my 3 laser treatments at Bella so far I even went in for a microderm facial. Two weeks before I had a microderm performed at another salon and my face wasn't even red! I couldn't even tell! At Bella, my face was really red and all my skin just fell off for the next few days. It was amazing!! I just put avocado oil on my face right after my morning shower then before I went to bed. I can't believe how fantastic my skin looks and i heard that you need to have like 3-6 done to see any results?!?! I love my results right now. I even had a groupon and I don't feel like I was treated any less.
My partner and I got a Scout Mob deal on massage services at Urban Body Studios, and I scheduled an appointment with Tai, who was one of the massage therapists participating. I figured, since I got him by default, that I shouldn't have any unreal expectations for a great massage. Man, I could not have been more wrong!! Tai is that rare massage therapist who actually listens to what you tell him, has the skills to put his hands to work, and produces GREAT results. After only three massages, I'm hooked... I work out a lot. I do weight training, and use the machines at my gym to row, bike, and sweat it out on the eliptical. I'm in my 40's, and definitely need help staying balanced with the hard work I put in. I have been to massage therapists many times before, and have finally found someone who can keep me tuned up. Tai has intuitive, powerful hands, and gets right into those difficult areas with just the right amount of pressure, just pushing right up to the point of pain without ever crossing over the line. I stay in a meditative-like state the whole time he's working on me, and don't even have to give him feedback--he's that GOOD. I am so happy to have stumble upon this wonderful, amazing therapist. I cannot recommend his services enough. Just WOW!!