A trip to Kelly Ard’s studio, located inside Fortier Chiropractic, reveals a lone massage table in the center of a private room decorated with Asian-inspired artwork. An upward glance reveals Kelly’s secret weapons: four parallel bars suspended from the ceiling. This unconventional setup allows Kelly to put her hands and feet to work during deeply relaxing massages. The bars help her balance as she uses her feet and heels to apply extra-deep pressure during ashiatsu and Ashi-Thai massage. In addition to specialty modalities, she also performs traditional styles such as Swedish, deep-tissue, and hot-stone massage.
Fully licensed and certified (LMT #12074), Kelly received more than 500 hours of classroom instruction in the areas of anatomy, physiology, and pathology as a massage-therapy student at Lane Community College and has personally performed more than 2,500 hours of massage. Though clients may enjoy the serenity and seclusion of her studio, Kelly also travels to perform chair massages at local business, organizations, and furniture warehouses that sell stressed-out chairs.
La Belle Boutique offers respite from the day-to-day grind of work, family, and butter churning with an indulgent spa menu. Clients may solicit a skilled aesthetician for waxing or nail services or revamp their tresses with confident layers and highlights. The salon also employs multiple licensed massage therapists to ease tension with techniques ranging from flowing Swedish strokes to deep-tissue pressure.
Since her start at the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in 1996, Christie Ocheske has pursued the twin goals of beauty and holistic health on behalf of her clients. A master of more than 14 massage modalities, she can knead away stress with Swedish strokes and remove toxins using lymphatic-drainage techniques with equal aplomb. Aesthetic services, such as waxing, facials, and body wraps, make skin as radiant as the sun after it receives a compliment from the moon. Her relaxing visits take place on Level 3 Salon + Spa's luxuriously appointed premises, located in the old J. C. Penney building, where handsome exposed-brick walls lend rooms old-school class and plush recliners and flowing curtains lull minds into relaxed reveries.
Brands Used: Vivitone
Staff Size: 1 person
Parking: Parking lot
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Good for Kids: No
Walk-ins Welcome: Yes
Certain hairstyles look good on certain facial shapes. When a client asks for a haircut you know will be a mismatch for them, how do you handle it?
I try to educate them on what would look good for their face shape. If they still insist, I do what they want.
For many people, a trip to the salon is a way to enjoy some "me time." What supplemental courtesies do you offer to make guests feel relaxed?
We offer massage chairs and adult beverages.
What other services do you offer besides haircuts?
Color, perms, [and] highlights
The aromas of tropical oils and lotions waft throughout Pacific Bronze & Bliss, adding to the welcoming ambiance of more than 2,700 square feet of tanning equipment. The solar-simulation emporium features airbrush-tanning services, as well as traditional bed tanning with UV light to keep skin from getting the winter blues, a condition where the skin rebels by actually turning blue. Appointments are available after-hours to accommodate busy schedules.
At French Twist Salon, stylists and aestheticians beautify clients with a wide range of salon and spa treatments. Visitors remove unwanted hair with quick waxes or relax with soothing aromatherapy mani-pedis or massages. They can also sit down in styling chairs to receive keratin treatments, weaves, extensions, or all-over color. And if clients want to achieve their salon looks at home, French Twist offers classes on styling their strands.