Paradise Salon's staff expertly renders the services necessary to bolster their clients' looks. Hair treatments such as Brazilian blowouts and deep conditioning keep strands smooth and strong enough to twirl around fingers or flip over shoulders. Nail services groom hands and feet—vixen reds light up fingers like glow sticks light up a rave in a cave. The technicians can also use a Japanese solution to keep lashes curled to the ideal level, enabling flirtatious winks for up to six weeks.
George Teramoto’s father, a carpenter, would often come home from work with aches and pains. As a kid, George would walk on his father’s back to relieve the tension; as an adult, he explored back rubs and other techniques. What began as a father-son bonding ritual eventually transformed into a career. Now a licensed massage practitioner with more than 13 years of experience, George heads his own studio, Southcenter Massage, which employs both male and female massage therapists.
With a two-pronged focus on healing and relaxation, he kneads physiques with a choice of six styles. He can relax his clients with soothing Swedish strokes or address chronic pains at their root with the more intense pressure of deep-tissue massage. During shiatsu massages, he uses his hands and elbows to balance clients’ energy flow. His foot reflexology sessions, meanwhile, use foot manipulation to resolve diverse problems, from achy backs to ugly shoes.
For Dr. Philip Kogler, chronic back pain has been transformative. Not only did it transform his spine—his malady became so severe that doctors had to fuse two of his vertebrae—it also transformed his career. Originally a dentist, he became a chiropractor to help others effectively manage their back pain.
Nowadays, Dr. Kogler’s Gonstead-style adjustments alleviate ailments such as back pain and headaches. To complement his chiropractic treatments, he prescribes corrective exercises that his clients can perform at home, as well as nutrition and lifestyle advice, such as never to drink and eat in the same millisecond. His associate, massage therapist David Studer, kneads clients’ backs in order to improve circulation and minimizing swelling.
Signature Service: Massage
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Minimum Age Requirement: 18
Pro Tip: We are one block west of Marine View Drive at 220th
Besides making clients happy, what do you like most about your job?
I meet a wide variety of wonderful people who come in looking forward to their treatment and who leave with relief on their faces. There is no better occupation in the world than bringing peace and relaxation to those who seek it.
What is one fun, unusual fact about your business?
We have a small store with all kinds of fun, eclectic items that are hand-picked for the only reason that they suit our fancy at the moment. We also provide lotions, oils, soaps, and items related to massage for purchase.
What's the most common beauty mistake you see people make? What would you recommend they do instead?
Many people work at their computer desks all day and forget to get up and stretch. I would estimate that most of the people who come in have very hunched up shoulders and necks because of the non-ergonomic positions they maintain at a desk during the workday. Remember to get up every 45 minutes to hour and stretch. Have a drink of water, and walk around if you can. It only takes 3 minutes and will help unscrunch you.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
We offer many wellness therapies and we encourage our valued clients to try something new. Come in and relax, enjoy your time with us, and learn about other healing therapies besides massage, such as Reiki. It could open a whole other window of wellness for you.
The massage therapists at Ohm Massage and Bodywork customize their treatments to meet each client's needs, using a wide range of massage modalities. Along with treating general stress and tension, the massages can also help clients find relief from sports injuries, carpal tunnel syndrome, chronic pain, and much more. The therapists are also trained in manual lymph drainage to help treat fatigue, bloating, and other flu-like symptoms.