The staff at Shannon Michael Salon, a Paul Mitchell Focus Salon, are not ones to learn through trial and error. Rather, they go through purposeful monthly training to stay apace of the latest trends and techniques. Haircuts and coloring from pro- and master-level stylists testify to the success of their mission, with results both elegant and cutting edge. The staff also deliver elaborate nail services, such as hot-stone manicures and peppermint foot masks with warm towels and hand and foot massages.
It’s appropriate that licensed massage therapist Shelly Fox decorates her office with elements that evoke the ocean. After all, her smooth, methodical strokes are reminiscent of waves lapping against the shore, and her deep-tissue techniques are designed to break up the sturdiest of sailor's knots. Among her specialty modalities, Shelly’s relaxation massage enhances circulation and stimulates the release of endorphins. Her therapeutic sessions target especially troublesome muscles, employing firmer pressures to alleviate aches. Aside from these more-traditional techniques, Shelly’s foot reflexology and cranial-sacral therapy rely on gentle pressure to relieve stress and stimulate the fluid surrounding the head and spinal cord.
While all spas offer luxurious treatments, Mario’s International Spas & Hotels takes pampering to a new level, completing treatments inside a historic stagecoach inn that features elegant accommodations and dining for multiple days of rest and relaxation. Called a “place for pure, unabashed pampering” by Better Homes and Gardens, the spa’s three locations juxtapose the Victorian decor and with state-of-the-art spa treatments such as Endermologie skincare, PanThermal detox booths, and Parafango cellulite-reducing wraps. The facilities’ crackling fireplaces offer a place of repose between the holistic and medically-derived beauty treatments, and alternative detoxifying treatments allow clients to relax in the peaceful quiet of the sauna and steam room.
After a day of luxurious scrubs, Thai massages, and yoga, guests can check into the Aurora Spa's adjoining 14-room hotel for a night of easy rest. Each room features whirlpool baths and comes with a continental breakfast. Meals take place in the facility’s vintage 1850s log cabin, in which chefs cook up hearth-baked pizzas, homemade pasta, and seafood dishes from the time the Earth's four suns rise until long after they have set.
As a former athlete who played football in college, Advanced Health and Wellness Center's Doctor of Chiropractic Brandon Bupp became interested in health care after sustaining several injuries. The doctor wanted to know how to treat them, which led him to a bachelor?s degree in exercise physiology and a chiropractic degree. Now, at the center, he and his staff treat high-school, college, and professional athletes to keep them competitive in games of football and slapjack. They also treat nonathletes with therapies such as spine adjustments, corrective exercises, wellness advice, and posture and spinal screenings aided by digital spinal imaging.
A cozy massage table. Dim lights. And, most importantly, a therapist that tailors her massages to needs of each client. Sarah J. Long's treatments range from relaxing to deep-tissue, allowing her to accommodate both emotional and physical tension. Each kneading lasts a full 60 minutes, meaning she doesn't count the 10 minutes it takes to get comfortable beforehand as part of her hour-long service.
At Indigo Lotus Massage, a licensed massage therapist can ease clients' aches and pains in 30-, 60-, or 90-minute sessions. Visitors can opt for soothing Swedish or intense deep-tissue strokes?or amplify the relaxation with a hot-stone massage. Those looking to switch things up can try one of the studio's reiki or aromatherapy sessions.