Though she had never experienced a massage of her own, Janice Amyson knew that she had found her calling as soon as she entered massage school. She carried this initial passion through her courses and into her career at The Amazing Hands Therapeutic Massage, where today she strives to empathize with her aching clients. To make sure that she understands and addresses their individual aches, Amyson never begins treatment without a brief consultation. This all-important sit-down, during which she inquires about areas of particular soreness, allows her to customize sessions that may incorporate modalities such as deep-tissue massage, TMJ treatment, repetitive-use therapy, and medical massage.
The treatment room?s low lighting, aromatherapy candles, and lush green plants join together to soothe frazzled nerves. Arbonne lotions and a heated table aid Amyson?s nimble fingers as she unkinks knotted musculature and rewires cybernetic limbs. Other therapeutic elements include Mentholatum, which opens sinuses to allow for easier breathing, and foot warmers to comfort cold toes. In this same room, Janice also treats bodies with soothing spa treatments such as mud-mask facials and paraffin dips.
Dr. Nicki Hill enjoys sharing her optometric skills with those in need, whether that entails working with patients at U.S. Veterans Affairs Hospitals or performing free eye exams for tornado victims in Tuscaloosa and Pratt City. Shoppers can find the same level of care inside Bell Road Eyewear's airy emporium. There, staff members guide visitors through a large inventory of designer eyewear and illuminate the distinctions between single-vision plastic and polycarbonate lenses. Frames by Danish brand ProDesign and chic styles from Vogue, DKNY, and Jai Kudo rest atop antique-style wood tables. Shoppers can also peruse selections of children's glasses, sunglasses, and monocles fitted with stained glass. Although Dr. Hill can diagnose visual capabilities in-house, Bell Road Eyewear will also fill lens prescriptions from outside optometrists.
The experts behind Nou Veau Salon & Day Spa pamper men and women alike amid artsy accoutrements. A plush couch and velvet wing-backed chairs complement a swirling painting, accented by eclectic knickknacks and a vase full of large plush brown plumes plucked from the Earth's feminine side. Therapists soothe sore muscles with techniques including deep-tissue and prenatal massage within a private room with a rustic, exposed-brick wall.
Tackling outer beauty, nail techs season hands and feet with herbs acquired from spa's tidy white shelves before slathering nails with OPI nail polishes. Likewise, highly trained hair stylists treat 'dos to professional products by Goldwell, Bumble and Bumble, and Privé, and aesthetic specialists enhance natural beauty with Matis facials and makeup lessons.
In addition to providing day-to-day appearance maintenance, Nou Veau's experts tend to brides with haircuts, mani-pedis, and makeup, rendering them beautiful enough to attract flocks of adorable, wide-eyed wildlife to gather round their feet.
Firm Body Bootcamp blasts apart repetitive gym routines and packs the fissures with functional strength training and a blend of fun and no-nonsense equipment. During indoor and outdoor camps, clients may swing kettlebells to crank up triceps, wrestle with battle ropes, toss medicine balls, or use their own body weight to build muscle on suspension equipment. The 45-minute routines kick-start heart rates with cardio drills, and team-based exercises breed camaraderie among campers and ensure backup should the exercise equipment rise up against its masters. Because its maneuvers are fully modifiable, there's ample room at the fitness table for guests of every experience level, including those who have never set foot in a gym.
Supplementary dietary plans and progress-tracking tools collaborate to keep metabolism racing outside of class. To date, Firm Body Bootcamp has helped more than 13 individuals lose 100 pounds each, the weight equivalent of a compact car that refuses to exercise.
Dual board-certified Dr. Victor Mendoza equips a staff of skilled professionals to craft safe skin solutions tailored for each client. Using a Jessner's solution of hydroxyl acids from natural sources such as citrus or plants, technicians apply chemical peels to help give all skin types a radiant glow. While each peel can be used by itself, guests can also receive multiple treatments spaced four weeks apart to help combat acne, shrink pore sizes, and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Dr. Mendoza's team also combines traditional weight-management supplements with new-age laser treatments to help clients not only shed fat, but also remedy internal ailments such as fatigue or insomnia. The staff tailors each treatment program with preliminary tests that detect the hormone and toxin levels in each patient?s body, which helps determine whether their issues come from environmental forces or simply eating too many pennies. Lifestyle makeovers go even further with Fountain of Youth Medical Spa?s other services, such as laser hair removal and beauty injections.
Dr. Elizabeth Jacobson—a board-certified dermatologist and the voice behind ABC 3340’s Doc Talk—leads Inverness Dermatology's skincare specialists in resurfacing epidermises with advanced medical and cosmetic treatments. Cosmetic injectables, such as Botox, Dysport, and Juvederm, fill in or freeze fine lines, and laser hair removal, laser vein treatments, and sclerotheraphy clear physiques of unwanted hair or veins. Chemical peels come in two varieties suited to different skin types: salicylic-acid peels target oil, blackheads, and skin volcanoes by stripping away superficial layers, and glycolic-acid peels shed dry or discolored skin by breaking lipid bonds between dead cells. To administer microdermabrasion treatments, technicians employ a mechanical wand that buffs away exterior layers and reveals the fresh skin just beneath.