St. Paul >New Beginnings Face & Body
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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