Since graduating from the ACE School of Massage Therapy, licensed massage therapist Adriene Marcos has focused her sights on eliminating muscle aches and helping clients achieve deeper levels of relaxation. At her independent practice, Adriene cultivates blood circulation with long, flowing Swedish strokes, and accesses deeply rooted hurts with trigger-point deactivation techniques. After tight sinews soften beneath the polished heat of a hot-stone massage, clients can request deep-tissue kneading to remove tension from muscles or free a pet genie from the confines of its cramped bottle.
As a business-school graduate, licensed cosmetologist for more than 20 years, and former owner of her own salon in Tennessee, Kim Martin knows the passion needed to succeed in the beauty-boosting industry. The seasoned stylist shows off her knack for re-imagining manes at Beyond Hair Salon & Spa, where she specializes in color treatments, highlights, and feather extensions, using the latest products and techniques cultivated from her annual visits to national trade shows. Kim works in Beyond Hair’s Tuscan-style interior alongside aesthetician Teresa, fellow hairstylist Isela, and tanning expert, The Sun.
David Rabson at Therapeutic Massage Techniques choreographs slow waltzes with his fingers?strengthened by years of piano playing?his hands kneading sinews to bolster health and elicit relaxed sighs. At the clinic, Rabson aids spines with muscle-melting massage sessions and Swedish techniques. Therapeutic Massage Techniques also offers facial lifts, which stimulate collagen production, boost circulation, and make complexions glow more radiantly than a baby polar bear at a laser-light show.
Betty Rios, the skilled beauty professional at Bare Necessities, boasts years of experience in services that ranges from aesthetics to skincare. She adds a dash of relaxation to makeovers by seating clients in massage chairs surrounded by earth-toned walls, floral accents, and Technicolor geometric designs that double as instructions for making flightless paper airplanes.
The aestheticians at Salon Italiano elongate lid wisps by individually applying extensions to each lash. Over the course of about 2.5 hours, eye experts secure ocular stalks with a firm yet flexible hold using NovaLash Platinum Bond adhesive, fluffing eye fringe to a fuller look that can extinguish building fires in a single wink. The extensions typically last the life cycle of each lash, which naturally sheds in about six to eight weeks.
American Laser Center's certified technicians use an FDA-approved laser that uses high-intensity light to quickly and painlessly reduce unwanted whiskers. Appropriate for men and women of most skin types, the laser zeros in on the hair follicle itself without harming the surrounding skin, like a Soviet submarine ordered to locate and eradicate rogue sea monkeys without damaging the delicate ecosystem. Depending on the degree of hairiness, many clients need around six treatments to permanently keep hair at bay, making today's Groupon an excellent foundation toward a super-slick skin surface.