St. Paul >Beauty > New Beginnings Face & Body
752 Grand Avenue, Saint Paul, MN | Directions 5510544.939831 -93.131916
Monday- Friday 11am-8pm, Saturday 9am-8pm, Sunday 11am-7pm
Beautiful and Relaxing Spa – I first went there for the weightloss capsule thing one of the other reviews talked about. It promised fast inch loss and since I am getting swimsuit ready I decided to give it a try with the body wraps. I am glad I did! It works and my husband said I was looking good! The spa itself is very pretty and relaxing. It is quiet and nice. I would say though that parking is a little tricky but it is free on Grand Ave. There is parking behind the building but it is always full and really small spaces. I really like the vibrational therapy and although it isn't exactly a bargain, it is getting the results I am after. I also got a facial and my skin was glowing after I looked like I just had a nice 8 hour nap. I will defintely keep going back and glad I found this spa. I also have used the spray tanning service there and it gave me nice tan that lasted about a week. This spa used to be a tanning salon so they lots of beds and the sunless tanning.
Definitely Worth It. – This is a wonderful place. It was also my first spa experience. The lobby has quiet music, a fountain, comfortalbe seating, and very good cookies. The friendly staff are quick to offer hot tea or ice water. They also have a selection of products for sale - soaps, robes and shirts, gift baskets. The lobby is separated from the spa area by doors, through which is a hallway with mood lighting, more soft music, and doors into individual rooms. Warning: their robes will not fit anyone with over about a 36" waist. However, the massage was wonderful. My masseuse was very respectful, and responsive to my smallest input - he left me feeling more relaxed than I had been in a long time. The pedicures are also very enjoyable: scented foot bath, many kinds of yummy-smelling foot scrubs, friendly chat, and well-painted toenails that last for a long time. Everyone I met there was friendly and respectful, letting me know exactly what was happening. Scheduling can be difficult if you're trying to go with a friend, and they're a bit on the expensive side, but they are definitely worth the wait and the price.
Spoil the customer for return service! – Pricey, but worth it. The lobby is beautifully decorated with plush loveseats and squashy pillows - a fountain tinkles quietly in a corner, and lace covers a low coffee table holding a tiered stand with amazingly good complimentary cookies. The receptionist will ask if you'd like tea, which I recommend - herbal, HOT, in thick mugs, quite tasty.
The goody-filled lobby is seperated from the service areas by white doors; behind is a quiet low-lit music-filled hallway.
The pedicure service is a lot of fun - the room is decorated like Hollywood's dream of a sultan's tent: mesh swags hang from the ceiling, fat beaded pillows adorn a bench, and the foortbaths are raised pedestals one reaches by climbing stairs. The baths are raspberry-scented with foaming jets, and the pedicurist happily chatty. The foot scrub feels divine (try the marguarita-flavor!) and she's very gentle on the foot's ticklish bits.
The massage is a service to remember - after changing into a thick robe (warning: they do not have sizes for larger women; my gf needed to bring her own so it would fit shut around her) one is taken to a room with a standard massage table. I got the aromatherapy service; the masseuse was very knowledgeable about scents and body chemistry.
While I was glad for the facial (I did see results) I found it a bit of a chore - the technician was quite gentle (except for the extraction bits) but so much gooop on my face was overwhelming. Probably a personal problem; regular customers of facials will probably enjoy it.
A unique service offered here is a pod-session. It looks like a human capsule from 2001 and is a music-making, vibrational machine. One gets in wearing underclothes, and is alternately sprayed, misted and gently jiggled. It's very pleasant, I had a lovely nap. For the claustrophobic, it has arm holes to reach controls at your face; the head sticks out the top.
Parking is street, but I haven't had a problem finding a space yet.
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