Technician Anita Ray believes the best route to relaxation involves natural products and techniques. She infuses elements of the outdoors into her services, heating basalt rocks for hot-stone massages, using naturally derived acids for peels, and tickling squids for cosmetic tattoo ink. To help clients to achieve desired results, Anita begins appointments with a consultation and analysis, which yields recommendations for the proper procedure and at-home care.
At GOGA Studios, 10-minute sessions on whole-body-vibration GOGA platforms pair with infrared saunas, himalayan salt lamps, and ionized water to detoxify and rejuvenate bodies. Each experience at GOGA centers on the FDA-recognized vibrating platforms, which oscillate and simulate a walking motion. This causes muscles to contract up to 30 times per second for a multitude of benefits, such as weight loss, toned muscles, decreased stress, and an improved shimmy. Sessions in the infrared sauna further aid weight loss by stimulating the body’s metabolism with warm, soothing infrared light.
Licensed massage therapist Johnny Lawrence subdues sore muscles with a blend of gentle and firm massage styles. Deep-tissue massages journey down into fascia to release the tension that causes knots, and Swedish massage silences yelping aches and pains with smooth, flowing strokes. Prenatal sessions accommodate the unique pains of expecting mothers, and Lawrence uses hot-stone massage to mollify aches with small, smooth rocks that could really be awesome dinosaur eggs.
The staff at SpineCare uses only non-surgical techniques to alleviate aches, such as kinesiology tape, which helps the body to support muscles, and spinal decompression, a technique that can be beneficial for disc pain. For each patient, staffers create a custom treatment plan that can be used to target an extensive list of conditions that plague the head, neck, lower back, knees, legs, and ankles. The SpineCare staff also serves as the official team chiropractors for the Huntsville Havoc.
At In The Nails, a nail tech with more than 20 years of experience pampers and beautifies digits with a variety of nailcare services. A Shellac manicure leaves nails trimmed and cuticles groomed and ends with an application of CND Shellac, a hypoallergenic polish that sports a mirror-like finish and lasts up to 14 days without cracking, chipping, or caramelizing. For feet, a classic pedicure supplements standard nail-primping services with a warm footbath and soothing foot massage.
Named 2010 "Best Hair Salon" in Tennessee Valley by CityVoter and in the 2009 Huntsville Times' Reader's Choice Awards, Salon Allure shapes, soothes, and shears tresses with a talented team of designers and Redken shampoos and products. A women's haircut and style ($29 and up) tames hair beasts, a foil treatment ($75 and up) highlights strands with accuracy, and a gloss or glaze ($30 and up) makes hair as shiny as a new penny covered in baby oil.