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.
Founded with the goal of outfitting its pupils with the skills necessary to excel in the spa and salon industries, Milan Institute of Cosmetology deploys a rigorous curriculum that emphasizes professionalism and hands-on learning to train fledgling cosmetologists and aestheticians around the country. As the most important aspect of the course of study, student salons and spas serve as a real-world classroom wherein nascent beauticians—under the careful supervision of their instructors—can practice their newly minted skills on humans or sentient mannequins. The beauty apprentices gussy up patrons head to toe via sundry lavish salon and spa services—specific to each location—that may include nail services, haircare, facials therapeutic massages, or nourishing body wraps.
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.
After several years spent working as a certified ophthalmic surgical technician, cosmetologist BK Gearn transitioned to the aesthetic arena in order to help others to see themselves in a better light. Along the way, she picked up a barber license, a nail-tech license, a massage-therapy license, and a masters degree in cosmetic tattooing, enabling her to use permanent makeup to enhance facial features or diminish the appearance of scars. Armed with Raya skincare products, she soothes skin with facials that often include mud or paraffin masks, hot steam, or crystal-based microdermabrasion, and she uses all-natural sugar paste by Alexandria Professional to whisk away unwanted whiskers without using chemicals, strips, or tiny brooms. She also helps bodies to adopt a synthetic glow using an airbrush-tanning solution rich with aloe vera and skin-firming moisturizers, and she has turned her spa into a classroom to share her secrets for applying eyelash extensions.
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.