Though named for its styling services, Teri’s Hair Loft employs a staff whose expertise doesn’t stop at the scalp. The full-service salon and spa’s cream walls and subtle floral accents make for an appropriately relaxing background as registered massage therapists, stylists, and aestheticians work side-by-side to weave together beauty and relaxation. They greet every man, woman, and dry-skinned golem who enters the salon with a smile and a personal consultation. Among the salon’s customized services are keratin smoothing treatments for the hair, facials and waxing treatments for the skin, and massages in styles that range from Swedish to hot stone.
From Image Salon & Day Spa’s airy reception area, corridors lead to relaxing massage rooms with beige walls and hardwood flooring. The 2,000-square-foot facility has separate areas for salon services, massages, and manicures to ensure that jealous muscles don’t demand to be coated in polish. The salon and spa offers a comprehensive range of services, including body wraps, facials, and private jacuzzi sessions augmented by optional hors d’oeuvres such as wine and chocolates.
At Skin Solutions, located inside Rio Salon, the staff has an express set of goals: to reduce the signs of age and get rid of unwanted hair while impacting their clients' day as little as possible. To these ends, registered nurse Kathy LeFever leads an aesthetic team through the use of Botox and noninvasive lasers, filling out wrinkles and zapping unwanted hair from head to toe. And the combination of these two treatments is indicative of the larger trend that all the aestheticians follow—pairing pampering services with medical-grade technology. Facials and peels, for instance, offset IPL facial treatments and micro-pigmentation cosmetics, which render eyeliner that lasts up to five years, by which time everyone will have CGI eyeliner.
The old saying goes something like this—if you give a man a fish, he’ll eat for a day, but if you teach a man to fish, he’ll eat for a lifetime. It’s that line of thinking that drives the spa technicians at Jubils Salon & Day Spa. As they perform aesthetic services that range from haircuts to facials and massage, they strive to enlighten their clients with tips on how to better care for their skin, hair, and nails. Armed with these techniques, clients can then improve their at-home skincare regimens, which previously consisted of sleeping in tubs of oatmeal and never leaving the house.
As a registered yoga school with the Yoga Alliance and International Association of Yoga Therapists, KCFitnessLink regularly mints new instructors. The fitness company advances students through 200- or 500-hour programs that yield certifications in various styles including Hatha and Vinyasa. In addition to transforming students into teachers, KCFitnessLink empowers people to become healthier and happier. Corporate wellness programs bring relief to stressed-out employees by integrating massage, yoga, and retreats to naturally occurring water coolers. Alternatively, personal-training sessions tackle individual goals such as weight management and sports conditioning. Replete with drop-in yoga and boot-camp sessions, KCFitnessLink's class schedule caters to athletes of all abilities. Massage therapy, available in several modalities, keeps muscles limber and free of knots.
Kandy Grimes owes much of her success as a massage therapist to her first career: registered nurse. At Massage for Wellness, she and her team aim for goals beyond relaxation as they banish soreness from clients' muscles. Their modalities range from Swedish and Deep-Tissue to Myofascial Release and Trigger Point techniques, all of which can impart health benefits to stressed bodies.
But communication factors into each massage as much as an adherence to form. During medical massages, for example, they discuss the sources of chronic pain and other ailments, then tailor the massage to address overworked or injured areas. Kandy and her staff also administer specialty services, such as massages for elderly clients, sports massages that improve athletic performance, as well as prenatal and infant massage classes, where parents can learn how to connect with their baby through touch instead of email.