Seven years of salon experience infuse each 'do that Martha Doherty molds. Using products by TIGI, Kenra, and American Crew, she goes to work cutting, highlighting, and coloring hair. When she isn't crafting everyday looks or sculpting brows with wax, she creates formal updos for weddings, school dances, and philosophical debates.
A Touch of Heaven Salon Massage & Day Spa stocks a large inventory of well-respected pampering products. Nail technicians employ OPI and Gelish polish, and hairstylists primp tresses with smart Solutions, Redken, Sexy Hair, and KMS products. An assemblage of massage therapists and aestheticians performs indulgent work at the spa too, allying to relax and beautify their clients. They execute 10 varieties of massage, from the gentle, simple Swedish to the choreographed complexity of the four-handed massage—performed by two therapists or one octopus also juggling four tennis balls. They combine treatments of the body's inner tissues with herbal or peppermint-scented wraps to rejuvenate the outer layer.
Outside of the private rooms lies the salon proper, where stylists carefully ply their craft on the hair and nails of their patrons. They imbue locks with new color, wax away unwanted hair, and even provide spray tans to maintain a summery glow throughout winter's tenure.
Mikecoia Sweeney decorates and pampers stressed extremities at Enliven Nailcare and Massage with a bevy of nail services. Maintain sleek fingertips and aerodynamic toe talons with an Express manicure and pedicure that buffs, polishes, and readies nails, helping to alleviate the frustration of scratch-and-sniffs. Royalty mani-pedis abrade hands and feet with an exfoliating scrub, moisturize skin with a mask, and knead tension from creaky joints with a massage. Metacarpals, metatarsals, and phalanges sink in the paraffin dip’s soothing warm wax, helping to ease stiff muscles and relieve pain, after which smooth keratin tips receive a colorful polish. Minx pedicures slough off rough patches and dead skin cells with a scrub before protecting natural nails with Minx decal body armor, decorated with solid colors, geometric designs, or barcodes to unlock secret clubhouses.
When his painful plantar fasciitis made surgery an almost certain necessity, Doctor of Chiropractic Carl Rafey sought help from a chiropractor. To his surprise, he was able to find relief without an invasive procedure, a twist of fate that propelled him into the doctorate program at Logan College of Chiropractic. Doctor of Chiropractic AJ Evans had a similar experience, which brought them together at Rafey Chiropractic.
Now, the doctors soothe muscles and work to improve general health with technology and a mastery of chiropractic techniques. After they examine clients' spines and test clients’ ability to turn, bend, and touch their toes without reciting nursery rhymes, they nudge vertebrae into place and offer helpful tips about nutrition and exercise. Massage therapists also aid guests with relaxation and therapeutic techniques.
When owner Giovanni Finocchiaro picked up the phone at Face It Spa, he heard one of his clients sobbing. She had been preparing for a presentation at work, and in the process, her skin had broken out so badly that Finocchiaro recalls her lamenting, "I just can't do it. I have to see you." Finocchiaro, who once dreamed of being a counselor, told her to come in immediately. "When you help people look better on the outside, it really does make them feel better inward, too," he says. When his distraught client arrived, he tailored a peel for her sensitive skin that helped kill bacteria and calm inflammation. Within a few days, he says, "she couldn't believe … how [her complexion] was already turning around."
Inside his recently remodeled boutique, Finocchiaro caters to each of his clients in the same way. He offers them complimentary water or tea before leading them across dark hardwood floors to a candlelit treatment room. After cleansing their face, he uses a lighted magnifier to analyze their skin type, then employs PCA products and a wide arsenal of customizable facial treatments to help them reach specific beauty goals or the center of the Earth.
GG Massage Studio's friendly massage therapist will strategically arrange gently heated, smooth-basalt lava stones on key energy points of your body to deliver a comfortable warmth that drains away tension and brings your muscles to the optimal stress-exorcism temperature. At the same time, skilled hands work warmed oils deeply into your skin, which causes the lymphatic system to flow at an increased rate, which causes your immune system to strengthen and your circulatory system to refresh, which causes your smiling muscles to flex, which causes your dreamboat movie star to fall in love with you, which causes your life to become a paparazzi gold mine, which seems incredibly unlikely yet, at the same time, highly plausible.
Recognized in CityBeat’s Best of Cincinnati feature two years in a row, Inner Peace coddles clients with muscle-melting massages. Unwind under light to medium pressure during a full-body Swedish massage, which uses techniques such as effleurage, petrissage, kneading, and friction to pressure stress into jumping out of the body and joining the circus. With the custom-tailored massage, gentle-handed therapists center medium to heavy pressure on specific maltreated muscles and sore joints. Individually designed stroke sequences relieve shoulders tight from prolonged computer use and lower backs stiff from couch juggling. The chakra-healing massage relieves physical and emotional strains with a combination of energy healing, deep-tissue work, and acupressure. By opening the chakras for personal transformation and healing, clients can unburden pain trapped within body tissues and lurking beneath toenails.