Thanks to a partnership with Birmingham Cosmetic Surgery, Pigalle Salon & MedSpa, a Tiffany Award winner for haircare in 2009 and 2011, is able to offer a combination of traditional hair, nail, and massage services along with medical-grade facials and hair-removal treatments. The salon pampers guests with complimentary herbal tea and coffee served in a cozy lounge where clients wait patiently to enjoy body wraps, tanning sessions, or laser hair-removal treatments that get rid of unwanted hair more effectively than wishing on all the stars in the sky ever could.
Inspired Wellness is a holistic healing center where well-worn skin and dilapidated organs can go to help restore their youthful radiance in a welcoming, peaceful atmosphere. The detoxification/far infrared sauna uses far infrared light, which is part of the Sun’s invisible light spectrum and has the ability to penetrate human skin deeper than a traditional sauna. Once it has worked its way beneath the epidermis and endoplasm, the light works diligently to seek out harmful toxins throughout the whole body and kick them through the pores. This luminous therapy has also been linked to stress relief, musculoskeletal pain alleviation, and improved circulation.
For years, chronic pain plagued Mark Rogers. He’d tried everything—visits to the chiropractor, traditional bodywork, even back surgery. But it wasn’t until he stumbled upon Bowen therapy that he finally found relief. Originating in Australia, Bowenwork shares few characteristics with other forms of bodywork. Instead of subjecting the body to forceful realignment, the methodology incites self-healing with gentle, precise movements aimed at the muscles, tendons, and nerves. During a typical session, the Bowen practitioner will deliver these moves in a series of patterns, stepping out between each series to allow the brain and body time to process the effects. Within an hour, some clients will feel a reprieve from afflictions ranging from back pain to asthma and depression. Mark also specializes in post-concussion symptoms and issues with infertility. According to Mark, the majority of clients notice a change for the better within three to five sessions.
As a marathoner and former college football player, Doctor of Chiropractic Thomas Kopsch understands the unique demands athletes put on their bodies. Although he expertly treats everyone, from kids to seniors, he brings a special passion to patients that present him with sports injuries, stretching problems, and fantasy-draft questions. Dr. Kopsch remedies misalignments of the joints and spine using a variety of adjustment techniques, in addition to offering pain-relief treatments that make use of low-level laser therapy.
A person who ascribes to a dynamist worldview sees the universe in terms of force or energy. At Dynamist Massage Therapy, dynamist healers increase the presence of positive, curative energy by practicing a range of ancient and modern massage techniques. Relaxation and Swedish-style massages diminish stress, and therapeutic massages address specific complaints with a custom blend of techniques. During hot-stone massages, warmth from heated rocks penetrates aching muscles. In contrast, cold-therapy massages activate sluggish nervous systems with chilled stones, ice packs, and readings from Ernest Shackleton's memoir. Therapists also specialize in reflexology, which activates pressure points in the hands and feet. Stress-reducing, traditional Japanese reiki healing techniques stimulate circulation and energy flow.
For more than 25 years, makeup artist Carolina has enhanced the appearances and advanced the careers of models and film actors. As the head of Makeup Mavens On Location, she carries over her expertise to perform professional makeup and skincare services for all kinds of clients. Carolina and her staff of beauty enhancers provide services—from waxing to kinetic dermabrasion—from their space inside Bardha Salon, and can also travel to their clients for onsite events such as weddings or interviews with the dean of admissions at clown college.
Following a consultation, Carolina or one of her aestheticians matches each client with ideal treatments, which include facials and peels, airbrushing, and traditional makeup application. Makeup artists typically apply Pizazz! Mineral Cosmetics, a cosmetics line designed for all skin types that uses hypoallergenic formulas enhanced with vitamins and peptides, and is always made free of dyes, wax, oil, and kindergarten finger paint.
A pale shade of robin's-egg blue washes over Spa Mariana's walls, throwing into stark relief the Asian-inspired décor lacquered in black and red. As the décor convinces guests’ eyes of the spa owner's aesthetic capability, their minds and bodies are relaxed at the hands of a trained massage therapist, yoga teacher, or esthetician. Clients seeking more specialized services can opt for a lesson in the Feldenkrais Method, a process that focuses the brain on forming new patterns to correct poor posture and unnecessary muscle contractions. Alternatively, clients can converse with the resident nutrition counselor to clean up eating habits or confirm that tomatoes are a fruit and cotton candy is a gift sent from the Greek god of carnival foodstuffs.
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