Escape Day Spa co-owners Carrie Wheelock and Alicia Liddon know how therapeutic a day at the spa can be. Wheelock, an experienced massage therapist, has witnessed the restoration and healing power of touch while both giving and receiving massages. Liddon, on the other hand, is not only an aesthetician, but also a wife and mother of three who understands the daily stressors of family life. Her passion for healthy skin has helped ground her and was her inspiration for opening her own skincare clinic.
At the spa's new location in Edgewood, the duo and their team perform treatments that range from multimodality massages and facials with organic Babor products to mother-of-pearl body scrubs and mani-pedis with vegan SpaRitual polish. They also create spa packages that allow romantic couples, pairs of best friends, or celebrities and their egos to enjoy chocolates and champagne while relaxing together.
If she were handed a list of humanity's basic needs, Crystal Sutton might write "relaxation" just beneath "food, water, and shelter." The licensed massage therapist believes that cutting down on stress at the spa shouldn't be a special occasion, but a regular occurrence.
Crystal?who graduated from University of Alabama with a biology degree?backs up that perspective by citing its many benefits, which range from a decrease in chronic pain to better blood pressure. She strives to achieve these results in her clients with a handful of methods. Swedish, deep-tissue, and hot-stone massages complement specialized styles, such as a TMJ treatment?focused tissue work around the mouth that relieves pain in the jaw from trying to swallow whole grapefruits.
Licensed massage therapist Kimberly M. Johnson employs seven different styles of kneads to release her clients’ physical and emotional tensions. An annual participant in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, Kimberly knows firsthand that athletic movements—as well as day-to-day activities—can put a strain on the body’s muscles. She combines her knowledge of anatomy with a compassionate approach during 60- to 90-minute Swedish massages that unwind knotted muscle fibers with alternating pressures. Aside from this popular modality and its deep-tissue sibling, Kimberly targets athletic ailments with specialized sports massages and prepares muscles for mashing with warm, smooth stones placed along the back or hurled at spots of tension.
Studio A owner and 25 year beauty industry veteran Annette Hyche took inspiration for her salon's aesthetic from her communal loves of photography, art, fashion, and design, and created a uniquely visual backdrop for customers looking to discover their own style. An elegant mix of modern colors, gold-framed mirrors, and other vintage-inspired flourishes, Hyche's gunmetal and turquoise hued salon is packed with a team of master aestheticians, hair stylists, and makeup artists ready to help each guest uncover their inner starlet or starfish. Products from Moroccanoil and Clayton Shagal Skincare stand ready at each chic styling station and velvet sofas and leopard-print lobby chairs provide unobscured views of departing bridal parties and other photo-worthy patrons.
Nestled inside Salon on Crescent, Massages by Evelyn's treatment room is adorned with signs that tell you to "Relax" and "Enjoy the little things." One surefire way to relax is with a massage delivered by therapist Evelyn Cotton. She's certified in four modalities, each of which helps to alleviate stress and pain. The classic Swedish massage includes long, gentle strokes that relax the whole body, while the deeper pressures of a neuromuscular massage target specific pain points.
Seven days a week from 8 a.m. until 10 p.m., Knot A Problem Massage Therapy Clinic's therapists soothe tense, aching muscles with treatments tailored to each client's needs. With the belief that regular massage therapy improves one's emotional and physical wellness, they relieve chronic pain with neuromuscular therapy, induce relaxation with hot stones, or comfort expectant mothers with gentle prenatal massage techniques. Framed artwork create an inviting ambiance in the studio.