Wielding deft scissors and freshly sharpened files, experienced beautician Lara Dotson at Uptown Salon and Day Spa prettifies patrons with hair and nail services. Revamp forehead fringe with a haircut, in which the savvy stylist shampoos manes before whisking her shears across coifs to remove dead ends and gum dropped by mischievous birds. The follicle finale includes a styling that whips locks into place, imbuing patrons with head-turning power.
My goal is to make my clients feel like they are my only client. I don't want you to feel like you are rushed or that I am not mentally and physically present during your massage. I feel that the feeling of being rushed or that the therapist is not completely present is one of the downsides of the spa experience.
In the early 1990s, Francois Minani was teaching high-school biology and raising seven children in his native Rwanda. Forced by the genocide to flee his home, Francois and his family took refuge across the border in Burundi. Eighteen months later, the Minani clan arrived in Kingsport. Grateful for asylum in America, Francois nevertheless faced the daunting task of making ends meet 8,000 miles from home. He took up heavy labor, but the demanding work and repetitive movements took a serious toll on his upper and lower back. Painkillers and months of intensive care at a rehabilitation center did little to alleviate his injuries. Only massage therapy took. The results were dramatic. Two months of intensive therapeutic massage banished his chronic pain. On the strength of his own experiences, Francois decided to attend massage school to bring the same relief to others. Today at Appalachian Medical Massage Associates, Francois combines his background in biology and years of massage experience with a hard-won empathy for his clients’ aches. He specializes in working with delicate patients such as expectant mothers and fibromyalgia sufferers, but his range is broad—his Swedish-massage therapy and sports massages work to relax tough muscles.
The aestheticians and stylists at Results Salon & Day Spa promote outer beauty and inner wellbeing by infusing their broad range of services with plant-derived, earth-friendly Aveda products. Knowledgeable coiffure artisans texturize strands with organic marshmallow root, nail techs focus on natural nailcare, and aestheticians and massage therapists nourish epidermises with Aveda botanicals. The salon and day spa also sells à la carte Aveda products, which can be shipped directly to homes or fortresses of solitude.
The staff at Bamboo Salon & Spa Cinci cultivates lavish looks and relaxed spirits. This process begins on massaging pedicure thrones, where nail artists use aromatherapy oils and hydrotherapy to shape and polish fingers and toes. Skin care experts offer anti-aging facials that reinvigorate complexions, and hairstylists craft sleek haircuts and emblazon them with highlights and color. On massage tables, therapists loosen gridlocked muscles with Swedish and deep-tissue massage treatments.
After working in operating rooms and urgent-care clinics for years, board-certified family nurse practitioner Wendy Wilgus decided to shift her focus toward aesthetic treatments. She sought training from Empire Medical Training and ultimately opened Prestige Aesthetics, where she performs Botox injections, dermal fillers, skin-tightening, chemical peels, laser procedures, and sclerotherapy with more than 20 years of experience in skincare products and sales and more than 8 years of experience in medical dermatology. However, she still shows the same concern for her patients' comfort as she did as a health-care provider, offering mobile treatments that can be scheduled at patients' homes.