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Best Skin Care: Reinvigorating your surface and spirit 

Alchemy Skin Spa

Francesca Cavanaugh bears no resemblance to Paracelsus, and her salon doesn't look like a 14th-century laboratory, yet the name Alchemy best describes what she does and how she does it. Alchemy, according to Arthur Versluis in The Philosophy of Magic, never conceives the spiritual and physical as opposites — one is simply the reflection of the other. Understanding this mind and body connection is essential to Cavenaugh, who begins each treatment with a series of questions and a genuine concern about where you are spiritually and emotionally as she prepares you for your transformation. This personal approach makes her treatment unique. Others do what she does, but it is her energy and enthusiasm for your inner beauty that brings it out before she's even begun with the facial, body scrub, or waxing (ouch). What makes Alchemy the best body spa is not so much what Cavenaugh does with your body, but what she does with your spirit. Sessions are Tuesdays through Saturdays by appointment.

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