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 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.
Licensed massage therapist Christopher Jordan uses massage therapy to make his clients’ lives less stressful. His Swedish massages include soft kneading and tapping to relieve muscle tension, and deep-tissue massages tend to the connective tissue. He also uses hot stones to further soothe muscles. Body wraps and sugar scrubs round out the medley of services.
It's quiet in Aqua the Day Spa. No cell phones or pagers are allowed to remain active in either of the two locations, so all you hear is your pulse slowing to a steady, soothing beat and the tiny noises made as expert hands open bottles of designer beauty products. Open since 1998, owners Susan and Ralph Barnette struck the right, Enya-like chord in 2003, when they first earned the title of Best Day Spa in the Jackson Free Press's annual "Best Of" roundup. The team of aestheticians and massage therapists have swept that title every year since, deflating the competition in proportion to lifting spirits. Paraben-free Skin Authority and scented Tokyomilk tonics nourish skin with vitamin-rich Moroccan clay and soothing mango, or exfoliate dead cells with bamboo salves scented with ylang-ylang. The staff's nimble hands blend these into custom treatments, including those to combat aging and the strange shadows creeping over men's skin, and work aromatherapeutic elixirs into muscles with nine different massage modalities. OPI and Shellac nail polish transform hands and feet into fashion accessories, a project helped along by smoothing wax.