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 slimming pros at Amarillo Laser Like Lipo use the power of light to help clients shrink their silhouettes without going under the knife. They target trouble spots, such as tummies, love handles, and thighs, with a body-contouring technology that goes by the name of Vevazz. This technology is similar to that offered at laser-lipo clinics, but instead of relying on laser beams to break down underlying fat cells, the Vevazz machine emits specific fat-busting frequencies of light energy.
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.
The licensed massage therapists at Double H Therapies draw on techniques from both Western and Eastern civilizations during custom bodywork sessions. After determining the trouble spots of each client, muscle counselors can send the long, flowing strokes of Swedish massage cascading down the spine to improve range of motion in torsos and dorsal fins. Shrugs also unbunch thanks to a wide array of Chinese methods, including techniques that targets joints and acupressure points to promote musculoskeletal alignment and 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.
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.
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.