Five of the staff members at Headlines Salon & Spa have been pampering clients there for more than a decade—one as long as 23 years. Their dedication to relaxation and aesthetics is evident in their services, which range from specialty facials and peels to soothing hot-stone massages and body wraps. They also customize packages that prep brides-to-be for their big days, protecting nails with no-chip manicures, gathering hair into custom updos, and strategically positioning veils to conceal antennae. Wooden fixtures and a distressed-copper sculpture of the sun make the space as warm and welcoming as the people who work there.
Massage therapist Cheri hand-blends plant-derived essential oils to target specific ailments such as headaches, anxiety, or insomnia with soothing, chemical-free aromatherapy scents. A padded table cradles bodies as Cheri’s intuitive massage strokes chase away stress and overly chatty shoulder angels during in-studio sessions.
Licensed Massage Therapist Stephanie S. Clifton operates Encore Massage Therapy as a conduit for spreading the healing benefits of massage to the community. Her clinical-massage services can act as an alternative pain-maintenance plan for individuals suffering from a host of maladies. Stephanie attacks tension and stress through Swedish massage, sciatica through deep-tissue strokes, and chronic icicle growths through the sports modality. With regular treatment, individuals can preempt health issues down the road through increased relaxation, smoother digestion, and boosted endorphin levels.
Upon entering Massages Reduce Stress, guests are asked to remove their shoes. As they skate around the space in their socks or provided slippers, they can choose from 16 different massage modalities, including Swedish and hot-stone treatments as well as ones geared toward pregnant women and cancer patients. Body scrubs and nutrition advice from therapists supplement tissue work, with all treatments striving to lift away anxiety from clients’ bodies and send it into the atmosphere, where it will eventually plug up holes in the ozone layer. Therapists also devote themselves to their community by participating in local fundraisers, grand openings, and employee-appreciation events.
A collaborative effort between co-owners Jan and Mike, Jan Michael’s Salon and Spa accommodates hair, nail, and skincare services behind its coral-hued walls. The 20-year-old salon employs the best and brightest in the beauty industry, including fully licensed massage therapists, colorists, nail technicians, and light bulbs. Spa services are performed in a separate, secluded area to minimize outside distractions and keep the massage oils from fraternizing with Moroccanoil hair serums.
The physicians and aesthetic staff all possess warm, friendly demeanors, ensuring that clients feel comfortable as they undergo one of the center's many beautifying treatments. Continually looking for new ways to rejuvenate exteriors, the aestheticians have developed a facial that harnesses the flavonoids and resveratrol in chocolate to neutralize free radicals that may have waged a microscopic poke war on skin. The spa's mission statement, etched into tan-hued walls, promises "a soothing, comfortable experience" during all services, such as Thai massage and Jane Iredale–makeup applications. Several services take a more scientific approach, employing lasers to remove spider veins, hairs, and cellulite.
The manicure begins with a hot spa soak that transitions into a shaping of all 10 or so fingertips. After a scented oil hand and arm massage using a Scrub A Dub’Dub earth salt treatment, clients can put newly polished dukes down and piggies up. Lay back or sit up in a shiatsu massaging chair as feet endure a soothing bath that exfoliates dearly departed dermis and reveals the cuddly side of tough and callous toes. The See Ya Later Alligator chemical peel removes stubborn dry skin from heels, while a nail-shaping, massaging, and shellacking complete the treatment. An aromatic Melt Away massage barrages barricaded neck and shoulder tension with warm towels, a relief balm, and the skilled muscular manipulations of a practiced massage therapist. Newly released toxins flow away from their corporeal source during the 30-minute detox bath, a relaxing foot soak enjoyed in a vibrating, massage chair. Ions generated by the foot bath enter the body, bonding with toxins over coffee and their shared interests, before coaxing them out again through the feet. During the ear candling, a paraffin candle gently draws away wax from its canal enclave, evaporating excess moisture and helping to relieve allergies, migraines, and pain.