The licensed massage therapists at Massage Advantage dote on visitors with a slew of custom massage techniques, including Swedish, prenatal, and deep tissue. Armed with warm blankets and a credo to respect patients' privacy, therapists begin each 30- or 60-minute session with a discussion on clients' specific aches and ailments. Therapists can also haul their equipment to office buildings for workplace chair massages that help reinvigorate fatigued employees or stressed-out water coolers during 5–15 minute stints. Each succession of kneads is designed to alleviate stress, muscles soreness, and various medical conditions, such as high blood pressure.
Credentialed massage therapists and aestheticians at Abella Salon and Spa imbue massage, facial, and tanning services with aromatherapy and botanical skincare products. Lavender-scented body scrubs and hydrating algae body masks leave skin as soft and supple as a newborn pillow, and custom chemical peels deeply exfoliate epidermises. In addition, advanced light-based techniques may be applied to whiten teeth and manage unwanted hair without organizing razors into unwieldy bureaucracies. Laser technicians at Abella Salon and Spa also help fight the again process with services such as laser hair removal, photofacials, and Botox and other fillers.
When a person loses one sense, the need to compensate for its loss can actually increase the acuity of the four others. Such is the case with Aaron Reed, whose lack of eyesight has allowed him to develop other talents—most notably, his ability to listen. After spending six years as a motivational speaker and discovering a passion for working with and helping others, Reed began practicing massage therapy. Today, he continues to draw on his uniquely perceptive sense of touch to unwind muscular tension and soothe bodily aches.
Reed has mastered Swedish, deep-tissue, trigger-point, and Thai massage and blends these modalities in custom massages geared toward his client’s specific needs. To get to know these needs a little better, he begins each visit with a 15-minute consultation. Then, he invites clients to relax in a private room suffused with the aromas of scented candles. Clients can request to play music of their own or simply relax to a soundtrack of birds chirping, trees rustling in the wind, and sore muscles howling at the moon.
In addition to training with Toni & Guy for more than five years, Donna Griffin earned a business degree before opening Kismet Salon. She draws on 15 years of experience as she and her fellow Toni & Guy–trained stylists alter manes with salon services including haircuts, color, highlights, and updos. When they aren't revamping locks with Tigi, DevaCurl, and DermOrganic products, they prune facial hairs with warm wax and embellish faces with makeup.
The salon’s marigold-colored walls add a dose of cheer to a leather booth-style couch, earthy decorations, and a stash of accessories by Fabulous Disaster Designs, including bags, hats, and gloves, which were salvaged from the infamous sequin-factory explosion of 2011.
The experienced staff at Lighten Up Day Spa likes to multitask: their hair, nail, and skin treatments aim to both beautify and relax guests. They also customize nearly every service to suit their clients' specific needs: from doling out facials that combat wrinkles to sculpting hairdos that fashionably frame any third eye.
At her salon station in Banana Bush, Kacie Dearman calls upon her training to engineer either subtle or dramatic hair changes, depending on the client. With her arsenal of products and tools, she boosts smoothness with deep-conditioning treatments, simple trims, and microlink extensions. She also boasts an array of "crazy colors" at her disposal, which she uses to style the locks of men, women, and gorgons.