Ileana Babu got her start in the beauty industry 20 years ago by working with magazine models as a makeup artist and stylist. Today you don’t have to be a cover girl to take advantage of her skincare and beauty expertise. At ileana's Skincare Sanctuary, she reinvigorates clients with anti-aging and cleansing facial treatments. The i-Glow facial plies skin with a vitamin- and peptide-rich formula that clarifies and tightens, and the i-Purify treatment unites the restorative benefits of an oxygen microdermabrasion facial with the pampering of a neck and shoulder massage and a hand and foot treatment.
When he was in middle school, Dr. Richard Casabona was the only one in his school with Dr. in front of his name. But at that time, he also had allergies so debilitating that he couldn’t focus in school or play football outside. Noticing that pregame chiropractic care relieved his symptoms and let him tackle with ease, he realized he'd found his calling. Dr. Casabona eventually had the chance to study with some of his field's most knowledgeable professionals—studying he cultivated into his own authority in the field.
He brings that expertise to the practice he's been running since 1989, when the Internet was just a twinkle in the fax machine’s eye. Today, his treatments include chiropractic specialties such as the Gonstead and Pettibon techniques. Dr. Casabona's favorite achievement, however, is educating his patients so they can rely on their own intuition and wellness wisdom.
Advanced DermaCare Inc's founder, Diane D. Lowery, earned a CIDESCO certification in aesthetics while studying at the venerable Clinique La Prairie wellness retreat in Montreux, Switzerland. Although her European education evokes a low-tech, layered approach to facials, Lowery?approaching 30 years as a skin therapist?specializes in the opposite. Her gentle facials promote firm, even tone with pulses of LED light and electro-microcurrents, and exfoliate rough areas with tiny diamond chips or water jets enriched with antioxidants. She attended courses in naturopathic medicine at Bastyr University to develop a holistic view of skin health, and studied ways to turn back the body's clock without triggering early daylight-saving time at the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine.
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Though she found her work as a nurse fulfilling, Ruth Cassetta-Keefe wanted to do even more to help people live long and healthy lives. She found the answer to her wishes in massage therapy and took to the field with aplomb, quickly earning her license and achieving additional certifications in shiatsu and reiki therapies. The name of Ruth’s massage studio—Connections Massage—alludes to her ability to blend various modalities in each of her treatments. Though her custom massages capably address sources of stress and anxiety, her holistic approach centers on healing aches caused by poor posture, injuries, or carrying one’s boss around the office in a solid-gold sedan chair.
Founder Brianna Arndt dreamed of a place where her fellow citizens checked their stress at the door, engaging only in meditative exercise and relaxing spa treatments. So she got her hands on a 2,400-square-foot studio with new, polished hardwood floors and used her know-how as a registered yoga teacher and massage therapist to open Barefoot Studio. Brianna's business flourished in its first three years, the byproduct of her ability to blend an intimate knowledge of the body's workings into every class, choosing asanas that help relax, heal, or energize clients.
As a result of her success, Barefoot Studio opened a new studio on Oracle Road, giving clients two places to exercise and unwind. In addition to leading yoga classes, Brianna also employs massage to relax tense muscles and beautifies bodies with facials, pedicures, and waxing, proving to mannequins that humans can be perfectly smooth, too.
Precision Touch Therapy of Tucson recently expanded its ranks to include four licensed and insured massage therapists, who perform customized massages in an airy space, to work toward achieving the business's goal of supporting community-wide wellness. Staffers tailor rolling, kneading, and rapping strokes to specific aches and preferred soothing tempos during treatments, which combat stress and sluggish circulation. A table warmer and heat packs loosen musculature as needed while deep-tissue massages work out kinks, tension, and toxins quarantined in low-lying sinews. Therapists adjust soothing music according to patrons' tastes before thumbing particular spots on feet to sync up off-kilter bodies and test relative levels of ticklishness.