Treating tense muscles is like bargain hunting—it can conserve a lot of money in the long run but shouldn’t be done with the aid of a shady character in a dark alley. Amid soothing décor featuring earthy tones and violet hues, clients of Massage Envy begin their 90-minute session with an initial consultation that determines which customized massage will provide the best results. For example, a sports massage provides treatment specific to the athlete’s sport, reflexology targets points on the extremities to balance the nervous system, and deep-tissue massage unties knots while relieving chronic muscle tension. Trigger-point therapy alleviates tight areas within muscle tissue through cycles of isolated pressure and release, while a Swedish massage relaxes the whole body with long, gliding strokes. The professional massage therapists at Massage Envy will apply the necessary muscle treatment with pinpoint precision and buttery smoothness during convenient hours, including evenings and weekends.
Southern Touch NMT's licensed therapist, Donna Ridenhour, rids bodies of tension and pain, working from a belief that stress is the root of myriad maladies. During her signature neuromuscular massage, her nimble fingers work to unwind entrenched strain from specific trigger points within the body's network of muscles, tendons, and radio wires. During reflexology, she engages pressure points believed to affect internal organs to soothe them into finer fettle. Her forearms, elbows, thumbs, and knuckles glide over muscles as she carries out the long and deep strokes of Hawaiian lomilomi massage, making them more tender than meatloaf that journals about its feelings.
Under the leadership of founder Christie Shumate, the licensed aestheticians at Transformations Spa and Skin Care Center perform custom skin treatments with detailed analysis. Shumate was inspired to form Transformations Spa and Skin Care Center after paying a visit to a plastic surgeon who, she discovered, donated his summer months to helping those who couldn't otherwise afford treatment to recover from burns, as well as working with children who were born with facial defects. She brought together a collection of less-risky aesthetic services designed to help her clients look and feel good about themselves, and now her staff offers laser cellulite reduction, custom facials, organic chemical peels, ear candling, and aqua foot detox.
Boosting her clients' confidence is the best part of Kelly Kim's job, she says, whether it be through body waxing or contouring. At Waxing by Kelly, the cosmetologist and waxing specialist applies her Aveda training to strip away unwanted hair using imported Satin Smooth products loaded with vitamins and natural oils. Kelly adeptly wields strip wax, hard wax, and film wax across sensitive regions of both men and women. In addition, she offers body-contouring services, which tighten and tone her clients' skin.
Housed within an inviting red-brick home, Cassandra’s Family Salon and Day Spa ushers clients into spacious rooms filled with natural light. Hair services commence at sleek white porcelain shampooing stations, and facials and body-sculpting treatments transpire in private treatment rooms dimmed by sturdy curtains. The salon also comprises a toddler-friendly playroom with books, toys, and a racecar activity rug where kids can get an early start on parallel-parking skills.
Owner and aesthetician Katrina Barringer opened Skin Essentials Laser and Medical Spa in 1999, and has since recruited an elite team of eight that includes a physician and a licensed acupuncturist. Each of the women on staff boasts a specialty such as bamboo-fusion massage, eyelash extensions, or aromatherapy that smells like colors. Barringer's interests are of an academic complexion, as she penned an award-winning paper and is one of 67 laser technicians without an M.D. degree to be accepted into the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery.