Dedicated massotherapist Jean Rowe deftly kneads aching muscles in modalities ranging from the fluid, gliding strokes of Swedish massage to the more intense, targeted pressure of deep-tissue massage. Rowe enhances her kneadings with aromatherapeutic oils and calming music and raids pet-rock zoos for basalt stones to use during hot-stone massages. A Quiet Spirit Massotherapy’s ionic-spa foot detoxes draw out impurities with negative ions, and herbal wraps cocoon bodies with green clay and heated blankets to break up cellulite.
Massage therapist Nikki Insley knows all about stiff backs. As a former truck driver, she regularly logged long hours of sitting behind the wheel and often found herself unable to move at the end of hauls. She began to rely on massage therapy to extinguish the stiffness and pain that had settled into her lower back, and eventually chose to hang up her keys and become a therapist herself.
Drawing on years of hands-on experience in spas and chiropractic offices, Nikki unties muscle knots with relaxation and deep-tissue massages. She believes that a great massage allows patients to trust the therapist and relax completely, letting go of stressful thoughts and persistent fears that someday, cows will want their milk back.
Although her studio remains as clean as it was in the days when it served as a doctor's office, it has replaced the cold, clinical feel with soothing creams, greens, and browns. A burbling fountain greets clients in the reception area, its gurgling blending with the sound of soothing music as guests enter the blue and green private treatment room.
The skilled stylists at The Hair Gallery 101 transform locks with expertly applied color and highlights, chic cuts, and professional-grade products. The salon's honey-colored walls and high-powered blow-dryers work together to create an atmosphere of warmth.
The aromas of fresh-baked blueberry muffins and hot apple cobbler fill the air inside of VIP Nail Bar, but it's not because there’s an oven in back. The studio’s dessert pedicures are to thank, calming minds with comforting scents while softening cuticles and skin. More tropical concoctions⎯such as citrus sangria and raspberry lemonade⎯anchor each martini manicure, which softens cuticles, moisturizes skin, and promotes nail health. In addition to culinary-influenced treatments, the salon offers basic nail services and makes house calls for special occasions, such as bachelorette and birthday parties.
When it comes to beauty, the pampering professionals at The Finished Look Salon & Spa have clients covered from head to toe—or, more specifically, from freshly cropped locks to prettily polished toes. The spa's atmosphere is quintessentially homey, complete with fireplaces, arched doorways, and even a wood-paneled basement fitness studio where a certified personal trainer helps patrons get into shape while watching motivational reruns of after-school specials. Clients can book massages with the spa's massotherapists that is trained with an associates degree in massotherapy. Each nook and cranny in the salon has a designated purpose, from the naturally lit nail studio to the hair shampooing and styling stations. To help clients feel as good as they look, the spa's staffers also offer relaxing massages and exfoliating body scrubs.
At Bella Paloma Massotherapy, a duo of licensed massage therapists and reiki practitioners assuages aches with a gentle, practiced touch. Nestled the comforting atmosphere and the soft music and lighting, patients relax as therapists target muscle pain with deep-tissue procedures, or activate relaxation and defensive play-dead reflexes with reflexology treatments. The talented massage therapists and reiki practitioners treat a wide range of conditions, from chronic pain and fatigue to fibromyalgia, with a technique born from years of personal and professional experience with such maladies.
The pros at Unto Him Day Spa and Boutique remove unwanted nail and hair length, and then cover the remaining keratin sheets and locks with bright polishes and highlights. They also infuse moisture into dry feet and play This little piggy with toes during pedicures.