It’s hard to tell if you’re walking into a pedicure studio or a Victorian sitting room. A client relaxes in a throne-like leather chair while a nail technician tends to her feet, and yet it feels as though a butler could walk in at any moment with high tea. Perhaps it’s the nail technicians, who seem to be fawning over royalty, or perhaps it’s the room’s ornate mouldings, matching the patterned wallpaper and rug, and polished hardwood floors. That distinct sense of place elevates both of Parlour on the Avenue’s locations, both housed in buildings constructed in the 1800s—one receiving a preservation award from Indiana Landmarks—and both with two floors bedecked in Victorian decor.
On the ground floors, the staff dotes over visitors with hair, nail, skin, and spa services. The second floors house Victorian wet spas—spaces where clients enjoy privacy and indulgent services such as whey baths, hot-stone massages, and stories read by Charles Dickens. To enhance the results of each service, Parlour’s team recommends aftercare products from its stock, such as lotions from Hempz Body Care and Pino and face-care formulas from Control Corrective.
It wasn’t until Karen Payne-Hill’s grandmother fell ill that Karen discovered just how much a massage could benefit the body. Seeing how simple touch could bring somebody so much physical and emotional relief, Karen switched gears and set out on a path that led her through a 630-hour massage-training program. Upon completing the program, she took up specialized training in more medical modes of therapy, such as orthopedic bodywork, geriatric massage, myoskeletal release, and spinal-reflex analysis, a treatment designed by Doctor of Chiropractic L. Frank Jarrell to relieve chronic pain and ease the symptoms of disease. Her skill set is not only wide like a 200:1 TV screen ratio but also deep—Karen has learned more than 20 variations of deep-tissue massage alone. In 2012, she founded A Healing Touch. And with a talented staff of massage therapists and healers, Karen continues her efforts to provide relief for those who are ailing or just in need of a relaxing massage. Besides modalities such as deep-tissue, relaxation, and pregnancy massage, the team uses alternative modes of healing, such as acupuncture and Thai-yoga relaxation.
The specialists that make up Northern Kentucky Physical Medicine's medical team have vastly different specialties. Though this might make for awkward chats at office parties, it also means that clients with problems are more likely to find a professional specialized in treating their exact ailment. Some focus on weight loss problems, as their curated programs utilize supplements and counseling to help burn fat and reduce food cravings. Others focus on nerve problems?the tingling, cramping, and numbness known as peripheral neuropathy?while others have a knack for the more hands-on relief that comes from physical rehabilitation. Chiropractic care, meanwhile, eases the pain of misaligned vertebrae with chiropractic adjustments and spinal decompression. Rather than sticking to one treatment method, the clinic's weight loss and pain-relief programs often call on a blend of regimens to receive maximum results.
Licensed massage therapist Susan Rose Kesti believes in the healing power of touch. At her studio, which is located inside NeverEndz Salon, she exercises that power during a handful of massage services that incorporate Swedish, deep-tissue, and sports massage techniques. The benefits of the firm and gentle strokes can include everything from reduced stress to increased circulation, which is particularly good if you own an underperforming news magazine.
Therapists Carolyn Strahan and Beth Stammen both honed their massage talents at Gateway Technical College, where under the tutelage of highly trained teachers, they learned muscular anatomy, pressure tolerance, and how to open a pickle jar with one finger. Now anyone can seek their skills at the Massageville studio in Florence. In the comfort of a private room, they perform circulation-inducing Swedish strokes, sports therapy, or firmer deep-tissue pressure to help alleviate tension and muscle aches. Hot stones and scalp massages also work to maximize relaxation.
Each appointment at CXC Salon & Spa is like a mini makeover. Stylists use Redken, Big Sexy, and Joico products to help them transform clients? hair into fresh new dos. Technicians paint nails with bold hues in a special OPI gel polish that helps prevent chipping. Other visage-enhancing services include airbrush tans and permanent-makeup applications. Swedish and hot-stone massages work to relieve guests of stress and tight muscles.