When a person loses one sense, the need to compensate for its loss can actually increase the acuity of the four others. Such is the case with Aaron Reed, whose lack of eyesight has allowed him to develop other talents—most notably, his ability to listen. After spending six years as a motivational speaker and discovering a passion for working with and helping others, Reed began practicing massage therapy. Today, he continues to draw on his uniquely perceptive sense of touch to unwind muscular tension and soothe bodily aches.
Reed has mastered Swedish, deep-tissue, trigger-point, and Thai massage and blends these modalities in custom massages geared toward his client’s specific needs. To get to know these needs a little better, he begins each visit with a 15-minute consultation. Then, he invites clients to relax in a private room suffused with the aromas of scented candles. Clients can request to play music of their own or simply relax to a soundtrack of birds chirping, trees rustling in the wind, and sore muscles howling at the moon.
The experienced staff at Lighten Up Day Spa likes to multitask: their hair, nail, and skin treatments aim to both beautify and relax guests. They also customize nearly every service to suit their clients' specific needs: from doling out facials that combat wrinkles to sculpting hairdos that fashionably frame any third eye.
Specializing in alternative pain management, the licensed massage therapists at Double H Therapies draw on techniques from both Western and Eastern traditions during custom bodywork sessions. After locating trouble spots and freckles arranged in the shape of treasure maps, muscle counselors can send the long, flowing strokes of Swedish massage cascading down the spine to improve range of motion in torsos. Shrugs also unbunch at the hands of a wide array of Chinese methods, including tui na techniques that target joints and acupressure points to promote musculoskeletal alignment, as well as a fire-cupping approach that relies on suction to boost blood circulation. The stretching techniques of sports massage improve flexibility in limbs so that athletes don't injure themselves while reaching across the goal line for a touchdown or over the center-field wall for a hot dog.
Banana Bush is a full-service hair and nail salon, offering a soothing, fun place to get mani-pedis, haircuts, tans, and color streaked into strands. Under the skilled scissors of freshly relocated Tara Calcanis, clients will receive a chic new do and have it styled into place, relaxing into Tara’s chair as troubles—and split ends—vanish.
Each professional at Bare Necessities boasts years of experience in services that range from aesthetics to skincare to hairstyling. Though refreshing facials are their specialty, the beauty experts also enhance bodies from head to toenail with services such as waxes and manicures. They also add a dash of relaxation to makeovers by seating clients in massage chairs surrounded by earth-toned walls, floral accents, and Technicolor geometric designs that double as instructions for making flightless paper airplanes.
Since graduating from the ACE School of Massage Therapy, licensed massage therapist Adriene Marcos has focused her sights on eliminating muscle aches and helping clients achieve deeper levels of relaxation. At her independent practice, Adriene cultivates blood circulation with long, flowing Swedish strokes, and accesses deeply rooted hurts with trigger-point deactivation techniques. After tight sinews soften beneath the polished heat of a hot-stone massage, clients can request deep-tissue kneading to remove tension from muscles or free a pet genie from the confines of its cramped bottle.