Brenda Hayes honed her healing skills at Mississippi School of Therapeutic Massage before earning a massage therapy license in 2006. Ever since, she's been known for her deep-tissue massages—restorative treatments that target built-up muscle tension and chronic pain. But visitors to Magnificent Hands can also benefit from Hayes's other specialties: soothing hot-stone and relaxation massages designed to dissipate both physical and mental stress.
Instructor Paula Eure discovered Zumba for the first time on a chance trip to Atlanta with her friends. Infatuated after her first workout, Paula set to work earning her certification in the lively, Latin-inspired dance classes. Paula now leads up-tempo dance parties several days a week, and is certified to teach Zumba’s sub-styles that emphasize muscle toning and classes specifically designed for children and older participants.
At Shag Salon, stylists tame wild manes with a host of hair-wrangling services. They cut away surplus locks to reveal fresh ‘dos and augment looks with the salon’s specialty color treatments, which include partial highlights, full highlights, and all-over color.
St. Dominic's mission-based health care delivers high-tech healing services with a human touch, promoting the well-being of body, mind, and spirit with each treatment. Unlike some spa massages, which tumble-dry all backs regardless of instructions, this deep-healing therapeutic massage is customized to individual needs to rejuvenate spines gently. The spa’s trained massage therapists help relieve stress and tension, while increasing blood flow to out-of-reach extremities, and imbuing limbs with Gumby-like pliability and poise. A relaxing ambience pervades the spa, which also provides complimentary valet parking.
The highly trained stylists at Barnette’s Salon are accustomed to hearing compliments from satisfied clients, but in the past few years they've also had to get used to reading praise in print. Along with being named a "Top 100 Salon 2011" by Elle Magazine and "Reader's Choice for Best Salon 2012" by Mississippi Magazine, the salon––which boasts three locations––has also earned the title of "Best Beauty Shop of Jackson 2012" from the Jackson Free Press](http://www.jacksonfreepress.com/news/2012/jan/25/best-of-jackson-2012-urban-living/), who proclaimed, "the staff is not only friendly and professional, but also immensely talented, consisting of some of the top stylists in town."
Those top stylists owe much of their success to the salon's training program, which divvies the staff into five levels, according to experience, and inducts new stylists only after they have endured at least one year of extensive training and learned to identify each hair color by its smell. Specialists if precision cuts and custom color, the team reaches for products from Aveda, Bumble and Bumble, MoroccanOil, and CareTrico, and add instant length and volume using 100% human hair extensions by Great Lengths. For tresses in need of a new texture, they can also calm unruly curls with Keratin smoothing treatments or set strands with permanent waves to help cut down on time spent dealing with hot curling irons or hot rollers.
At Gifted Hands Massage Therapy, licensed physical trainers guide clients toward their fitness goals by advising them on exercise and nutrition. They often recommend massage sessions with in-house therapists. These therapists are trained in several modalities, including sports massage, which complements training sessions by alleviating the pain from athletic exercise and even minor injuries such as shoulder strain from tossing bags of flour off the roof. Other reparative treatments include body wraps and skin exfoliations.