People often tell licensed massage therapist Kimberly James that she has "relaxing hands", a quality she honed during months of study at Medical Training College. Deep-pressure massages treat tension and pain due to alignment issues, injuries, or friends that will only leave their house via piggyback. Long, gentle strokes put muscles and minds at ease during Swedish massages. Kimberly's services can provide relief from pain after a recent accident or chronic aches, and some of her clients make appointments on a weekly basis.
The master stylist at Shear Magic Hair Studio transforms lackadaisical locks into eye-catching 'dos. Popular among Hollywood starlets and pigeons masquerading as roosters, feather extensions add a funky pop of color to tresses. Pinned underneath locks, plumage subtly brightens and adds depth to strands, and quills threaded at the crown frame faces in aviary style. A simple, non-damaging procedure, feathers weave through a few strands and affix with a clasp and are easily shampooed and styled without losing any luster. The feather extension and styling makes over manes, the ideal preparation for a first date or for building the confidence needed to write a letter to a congressman.
Face & Body, Inc. rejuvenates weary visages and dull dermal coats with an array of beautifying services. Renovate face space with a summer spa facial, which includes a mango scrub, key lime mask, and mango toner. The treatment finishes with a honey and almond butter hand and arm massage to send pulses of relaxation deep into your intricate system of melancholy caverns.
The beauty specialists at Salon Dolce’ luxuriate patrons from head to heel with an assortment of salon and spa services. A 30-minute full Brazilian wax ($45) thoroughly eradicates fleece from the bikini region, allowing lower halves to emerge from public fountains with confidence. Clients can preen surfaces in small doses with eyebrow, chin, or lip waxing ($15/area) or smooth facial terrains in their entirety with a full-face waxing ($40). To unload overburdened backs, treat muscles to a 30-minute relaxation, deep-tissue, or head-ache-relief massage ($35). Stylists transform languid locks into motivated manes with a haircut and styling (women $40; men $25; children $17), during which they administer Keune haircare products and reward polite strands with a lollipop.
Brooke Riglin, owner of Karmady Yoga & Massage LLC, is extremely hands-on with her business. Of the 41 weekly yoga classes held at her newly opened studio, Brooke teaches more than 30. Every one of these classes is open to everyone, because Brooke helps her students modify each pose to fit their ability levels and specific goals. In addition to yoga, the studio offers nine different types of massage, each of which is administered by a professional, certified massage therapist who is a former pro thumb wrestler.
Certified massage therapist Shane Baker strives to meet the needs of each client as she eases pain and stress during massage-therapy sessions. She unties knots and heals aching limbs, employing a variety of massage techniques, including hot-stone, deep-tissue, and prenatal massage. To allow this holistic health to extend into everyday life, Shane provides advice on the best at-home products and the most relaxing dreams to have.
Nikki Cayton and Dr. Stewart Cayton—the husband-and-wife duo who oversee operations at Lokka Med Spa—team up with a skilled staff to fight aging, cuticles, tension, and skin imperfections. Dr. Cayton draws on his expertise as a board-certified general surgeon to perform cosmetic treatments with Botox and Juvéderm injectables. He often consults with in-house laser specialist Gena Knaps, who recently earned her lightsaber after 18 years of intensive training. Located in the heart of downtown Baton Rouge, the med spa offers a relaxing counterpoint to the bustling activity just outside its doors.