Three times a week, Just U Relax's owner and principal massage therapist paid a 90-minute visit to one of her favorite clients, an elderly Italian woman who could barely speak a word of English. One day after a visit, the woman's daughter called and asked the massage therapist if she could come back again right away, saying her mother was not doing well. She arrived and set to work massaging her client's body, much of which had collapsed inward from a previous stroke. But instead of seeing the usual results, such as the woman's hands relaxing for a short time before tightening back into a bound position, the massage therapist saw her client maintain her peaceful composure. Then, this elderly Italian woman who could speak little English, let alone speak at all due to the effects of her stroke and Alzheimer's disease, looked at her massage therapist and said with perfect clarity, "Thank you." The woman's daughter called later, saying her mother died that evening, and that she wanted to say thank you for giving her mother such comfort before she passed. It was that moment that made the massage therapist realize she knew she could help people.
Raised by a cardiologist, the future owner of Just U Relax and her brother made a pact to go to medical school together, but when she found herself disenchanted by clinical environments and desiring a more hands-on approach to patient care, she explored massage therapy. Today, she and her team of licensed massage therapists at Just U Relax assess posture, gait, and occupational stress to customize bodywork for each client. The staff sees to guests' comfort in a variety of ways, including giving visitors warm robes and plush slippers, using massage tables with triple-cotton-padded tops, and playing relaxing music as aromatherapy wafts between rooms. Therapists also offer clients snacks such as fruit smoothies and granola bars. Additionally, each therapist is required to undergo at least three hours of training each month to learn new massage techniques and stay sharp.
At Bella Mia Hair Studio and Day Spa, the staff executes salon services and soothing spa treatments during daily appointments. Stylists trim locks and comb highlights into hair, while technicians trim and contour nails, and aestheticians beautify skin with soothing facials. Additionally, Bella Mia's skincare experts fight the signs of aging by smoothing Image Skincare Vital C around client's eyes cheeks, and neck. They also swaddle physiques in body wraps crafted from fresh seaweed and peppermint oil to detoxify and firm skin, while licensed massage therapists battle stress with relaxing massages. For regular pampering, clients can also take advantage of discounted massage and facial memberships.
The licensed nail technicians at Elegant Image Nail Care Studio have pampered fingers and toes for nearly two decades. With an arsenal of cutting-edge services at their disposal, staffers gussy up digits with manicures, pedicures, polishing, and paraffin-wax treatments. They also sport the steady hands necessary to adorn nails with special artwork, such as tiny shooting stars or written reminders for where each little piggy is supposed to go.
Hair and nails have a lot in common; they're in a perpetual state of growth, they look better with color, and they both taste better when dipped in chocolate. Drawing on these and other similarities, Studio 360 Salon & Spa offers a beautification mecca to pamper both hair and nails simultaneously. Guests can request Leslie for bold layers and color highlights, or solicit Mare's expertise for a coat of durable color polish.
A lot has changed in the nail industry since the days of flaky polish and gas-powered clippers. That's why expert tech Marilyn Harrison vows to always be on the fringe of the latest trends in professional nailcare. In the comfort of her private Nailz by Mare suite, she can outfit claws with a simple coat of polish, or lavish a full spa package upon guests with a mani-pedi, brow waxing, and an invigorating facial treatment.
Tammie—of Nails by Tammie at Axis Hair Design—believes in nail health, which is why she offers a variety of services and treatments, including aqua-therapy salt soaks and coats of nail strengthener. Tammie finishes off treatments with polish from OPI, Essie, China Glaze, or long-lasting CND Shellac.