Licensed massage therapist Janet Shelton has been giving massages “since before I can remember,” she says. At first, these were mostly casual sessions for her twin sister, who “was born asking for a massage.” But as Shelton grew up, she came to take her hobby more seriously. Coming from a family of nurses, she “always want[ed] to do something to help people,” and with its positive impacts on injury recovery, therapeutic massage seemed to fit the bill.
Since then, Shelton has supplemented her massage-therapy license with work experience in chiropractic offices and spas. Depending on a client’s needs, she can perform an active clinical massage with stretching and feedback or gently knead for a soothing, quiet experience. No matter the modality, clients can bring in their own music on an iPod and breathe in the scents of botanical oils Shelton blends by hand.
Chandeliers dangle from B. Suite Studio Salon’s ceiling, casting a golden glow across slate-gray walls and shining wood floors as the salon’s crew bustles about their mirrored styling stations. Dedicated to beautifying patrons via personalized salon and spa services, the staff tailors each treatment to address individual needs, from taming curly hair with Brazilian blowouts to soothing skin beset by acne or sun damage. The cascading light also illuminates the elegant updos and spider-vein-less legs exiting via the salon’s glass front doors or secret rooftop heliport, and newly spray-tanned bodies cast their own glow thanks to a DHA-rich formula that never yields streaks or orange palms.
Licensed massage therapist Hope Wilds banishes soreness and stress from muscles through therapeutic-massage and foot reflexology treatments. Deft hands bear down on aches using myofascial-release techniques and warm layers of tissue with gentle kneading in therapeutic massages. Alternatively, a foot reflexology treatment pinpoints and manipulates nodes on clients' paws, aiming to bring relief to corresponding areas elsewhere in the body, as well as cause a faint itch behind the knee of a distant newscaster. Personalized kneading on each reflex zone may evaporate tension from its analogous corporal site, leaving figures slackened and soothed.