Inside The Lucky Waxing Company, Carrie McDaniel forges her own unique path to beauty in a trendy and welcoming environment. In addition to providing expert waxing services, the styling sensei—who boasts more than 12 years of experience teaching young stylists the art of shaping and coloring hair—also tames tangled locks with Keratin treatments or infuses monochromatic hair with Glitter Strands. As a nail tech, she outfits fingers with Shellac polish and soothes feet with spa pedicures, complete with a leg massage that coddles calves in preparation for long-distance hopscotch races.
Licensed therapist Jennifer Still lets intuition be her guide during each massage, feeling for areas of tension and responding to the body’s reactions to different techniques. Her staff at Natural Path Massage is similarly insightful, and each therapist is skilled at tailoring sessions to clients’ unique needs. In addition to common modalities such as Swedish and deep-tissue, their massage services include sessions in assisted stretching, which can greatly improve a person’s ability to rescue cats from trees.
DeLynn's Place tailors each one-hour deep-tissue massage to the individual client's needs, addressing muscle aches and chronic pain with strong pressure and repetitive strokes. A mixture of invigorating kneading and pinpoint application of pressure targets painful muscular kinks and knots, releasing the achiness and tension accumulated from the stresses of daily life and kangaroo boxing. The deep pressure also stimulates muscles, the lymph system, and blood vessels, encouraging an increase in circulation. With rich, oxygenated blood rushing into previously stifled tissues, the body's own healing systems are invigorated by the delivery of oxygen and the Sunday Times to bored, nutrient-deprived cells.
In the lobby of Spa 7, there is a large painting of a birdcage—but the cage is empty. Instead, the bird perches majestically at the cage's pointed top, poised as if for immediate flight. The image suits owner Stacey Rupe's philosophy well; she believes that the quest for outer beauty and emotional freedom starts when the body is liberated from the toxins and stress it keeps trapped inside. From colon hydrotherapy to massage, the Spa 7 team uses interior healing as a catalyst to create feelings of confidence and inner well-being that radiate outward. Stacey's staff of aestheticians then step forward to enhance the physical transformation externally with a slate of facials and other body treatments that renew skin with time-tested beautifying ingredients such as seaweed, essential oils, and Burt Reynolds's mustache hairs. Spa7's permanent makeup artist uses a steady hand to apply hypo-allergenic pigments to lashes, eyebrows, lips, and to the lining of the eye.
At Natural Solutions Massage Therapy, clients sink into heated massage tables, relinquishing pain and tension into their therapist's outstretched hands as soft music wafts through the air. Here, licensed massage therapists Mary Stucker and Gwendolyn Townsend customize sessions that last anywhere from 30- to 90-minutes, often incorporating luxurious extras such as organic massage oils, heated stones, or soft candlelight. The two are experts in classic modalities like Swedish and deep-tissue massage, but can also perform oncology massage, prenatal massage, and bamboo massage—the preferred massage type of most pandas.