Auburn Massage Centre was established in 2007 by co-founders Laura Buchs-Hall and Sarah Lapadot in an effort to share the healing powers of massage therapy and bodywork. During the past five years, AMC's staff has continued to bloom alongside its selection of services, which now range from standard massages to skincare treatments with Lara Teague, who uses Image skincare products.
In nature, stones are usually treaded on by the masses as they lie forgotten on the ground. But inside The Wellness Center, stones take center stage during massage sessions. They are heated with care and gently slid along body canvases, lulling tense muscles into relaxation. The massage therapists also incorporate essential oils and salt scrubs into their kneading sessions and slather mud masks over faces for added relaxation.
The Style Bar takes its name literally—a real, marble-topped bar forms the centerpiece of the decor, framed by hanging wine glasses and martini-themed art. Amid the warm orange, yellow, and mahogany tones of the walls and wooden furnishings, the salon’s three stylists cut and color coifs on men, and women. They specialize in dark-to-light ombre highlights and balayage highlights, hand-painted streaks that mimic natural highlights from the sun. Nail services such as manicures and gel nails round out the aesthetic offerings and include indulgent add-ons.
Led by an onsite physician, the team of a medical aesthetician, an RN, and a nurse practitioner work to combat signs of aging using advanced laser and radio technology along with traditional cosmetic treatments such as chemical peels and injectables. They can fade age spots with El?s radio-frequency treatments and remove unwanted body bristle with IPL laser hair-removal sessions. Additionally, a technician with the newest high-tech equipment can gussy up faces with permanent makeup application consisting of tattoos designed to save clients from having to put on their faces like extraterrestrial spies do.
After graduating from Fort Wayne’s own Center for Vital Living, Vicki Salzbrun opened her massage-therapy practice at the stunning Lotus Yoga, Wellness, & Gallery. With her 800 hours of massage study and 200 hours of training as a yoga instructor, Vicki fit right in with the center’s cooperative of wellness professionals, all of whom specialize in fields such as personal training, chiropractic care, yoga, and massage.
The huge, airy studio—whose walls hold numerous pieces of eclectic contemporary art—continues to serve as the home of Vicki’s massage-therapy business, Full Circle Wellness. Balancing this business with full-time studies at IPFW has taught her to attend to her own wellness as she shoos away stressors that arise from work and school. She imparts these stress-management skills to clients in wellness assessments that analyze the body and mind to help develop achievable lifestyle goals. To further demonstrate her breadth of knowledge, Vicki also heals energies with Japanese reiki therapy, guides students down meditative pathways during private yoga sessions, and periodically challenges her fellow yogis to interminable games of Twister.
At Relax.ology, licensed therapists and aestheticians carve out a quiet, tranquil space where their clients can indulge in holistic bodywork treatments. Treatments include heated aromatherapy, hot-stone massages, organic facials and skincare, reflexology, and waxing services for both men and women, all of which underlined by a holistic philosophy that emphasizes personal attention to each client?s needs. The attentive massage therapists target tight muscles and soothe frayed nerves while facilitating optimal health and well-being, and they augment treatments with detoxifying foot soaks that use organic essential oils and special blends to coax contaminants from the body. Dry blood analysis and ionic foot detoxes are also available. Eyelash extensions and movie-star airbrush makeovers are also available from Relax.ology's resident makeup artist.