Owners Andrea Brown and Jael Cox helm a team of certified and licensed massage therapists, aestheticians, and nail technicians who balance bodies and promote wellness with holistic spa services. The skilled professionals tailor each skincare, nail, or body treatment to the client's needs and the demands of their overprotective invisible friends. Clients nestle into private treatment rooms decked out in olive-tinged modern country décor, with rustic hardwood floors, antique wooden cabinets, and walls swathed in contrasting floral, striped, and paisley-patterned wallpaper.
Products from the boutique such as dermalogica products, bath and beauty products, massage oil candles, and handmade jewelry keep bodies intact at home, which augments its cottage-like aesthetics with local art.
New Leaf Skin Care owner and aesthetician Shellie Barker and her massage-therapist husband Andy dole out stress relief in many forms. Andy, a licensed massage therapist, calls on the 22 years of medical experience he gained in the military to assuage his clients' chronic tension and nagging pains. Beyond fostering relaxation and stress relief with his soothing massages, he possesses a knack for mending athletic injuries through focused, results-oriented techniques.
Shellie, for her part, administers customized facials using Bioelements skincare products in an effort to treat each client's individual needs. All products use no artificial colorants, synthetic fragrances, or animal testing.
At her station in Bella Salon, Michelle Schubert designs nail art that channels dexterous, detail-oriented skills that carry over from her personal hobbies of sewing and crafting. She customizes nail designs to suit her clients’ personalities and the special occasions for which they have their nails done, from weddings to ceremonial scratch-offs of winning lottery tickets. Beyond her ability to create these tiny masterpieces, Michelle also specializes in traditional manicures, pedicures, and services with Shellac polish, which resists chipping for up to two weeks.
Spotlight unites celebrity expert hosts and the couture-curious for a one-day expo featuring workshops that showcase the latest advancements in beauty and fashion innovation. During The Shoot Experience, which takes place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., renowned fashion photographer Babak and Shear Genius contestant and North American Hairstyling Awards (NAHA) winner Faatemah Ampey bewitch onlookers with a behind-the-scenes look at the methods and techniques they will utilize in their upcoming NAHA entry shoot. The talented duo will disseminate insider tips on capturing a blue-ribbon pic, as well as hand down experiential know-how for fashioning individual submissions, including why such money savers as hiring horses for models may give away that you're a newbie.
Terri Anderson, a 25-year veteran of the massage profession, doesn't mince words when it comes to her passion. "The greatest satisfaction from doing what I do is helping people," she explains. "I take great joy in having my clients come back after a few treatments saying that they have a major decrease in their pain levels as well as a high increase in their overall functionality and quality of life." Though relaxation is an undeniable perk of her bodywork treatments, her specialty is therapeutic medical massage, specifically treating injuries from automotive accidents and athletic activities, as well as chronic pain from cancer, arthritis, fibromyalgia, and other medical conditions. More thorough and specialized than therapies found in spas and salons, Terri's massages are also more effective, actually helping treat muscle-bound maladies rather than simply relieving symptoms.