Lesley Neeley was in pain. Despite a rich family life, a meditative yoga practice, and a career as a certified massage therapist, inexplicable aches and fatigue racked her body with ever-increasing frequency and intensity. Her story chronicles six years of affliction and misdiagnosed depression, all of which finally led to her true diagnosis: fibromyalgia.
Now that she has battled the disorder herself, Lesley brings an uncommon empathy to her practice at Living Better Therapeutics, where she helps others cope with pain through her massage services and promotes education about fibromyalgia through presentations, workshops, and support groups. Lesley also supplements her already formidable education with continuing courses on craniosacral therapy, reiki, and Hatha yoga. When she isn’t healing muscles within the serene confines of her own private treatment room, she can travel to clients for an additional fee to soothe their aches amid the comforts of their own homes or batcaves.
The high-priestesses of pampering at Mars Venus Salon and Day Spa blend a bevy of relaxation practices and philosophies to craft an intimate and uniquely restorative experience. Based on an understanding of the five elements, the afternoon escape's one-hour elemental nature massage uses nurturing touch to bring backs back into balance, and the one-hour MV signature facial restores a healthy epidermal evenness through personalized product selection, essential oils, and blemish spooking techniques. The Cupid's couple session provides hydrotherapy for two with champagne and chocolates in a romantic candle-lit suite, followed by hour-long side-by-side signature massages. A whirlwind of bodily edification, the Valentine's Day special ushers patrons through a round of massage, facial, pedicure, and designer hair styling in preparation for a romantic rendezvous with designated airport rides or pet televisions.
Family owned and operated since 1977, the expert instructors at Adamson's Karate Studios help students from preschool to adulthood build discipline, confidence, and athleticism using the art of karate. At eight locations, instructors guide students through a series of kicks and punches as they improve their fitness, confidence, discipline, and ability to chop stacks of boring homework in half.
A Natural Way to Recovery's owner, Lori Holbrook, works diligently alongside fellow massage therapist Karen Mullins to ease pain, tension, and discomfort from the muscles and joints of their clients. In addition to Swedish, hot stone, deep tissue, and sports massage, the duo offer specialized services such as prenatal massage, raindrop therapy, and myoskeletal alignment therapy, which treats chronic pain.
After stylists Cathy Sturm and Angi Snodgrass opened their salon, they dubbed it the Cass & Company Salon to foreground the importance of their entire team. The tight-knit crew, designated level 4 to level 1 stylists, hone their techniques at workshops held across the country and even teach new talent on site.
Within the chic space, the stylists cut, color, and retexturize locks, fortifying strands with helpings of earth-friendly Aveda or Gage for Men products. They do their work next to the salon’s vibrant tangerine walls and under a ceiling lofty enough to allow someone to fly a kite beneath it. Elsewhere in the salon, nail technicians perform thorough manicures, and massage therapists administer deep-tissue massages in private rooms.
The research staff at 7E—a medical-aesthetic company that prides itself on skincare innovations—designs noninvasive treatments that combat the effects of aging and bolster all-over wellness. Once staff members have perfected a solution, they share the fruits of their labors with clients at 7E Fit Spa. One of these many fruits is the Torc Plus, an FDA-approved body-contouring machine that works to deplete inches and bulk up muscles in bodies through electrical stimulation. The spa’s noninvasive face-lifts tighten visages while evening out skin tone, reducing puffiness, and increasing circulation, and saunas detoxify the body and relax clients with infrared heat shoplifted from the equator.
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