At Sol Y Luna Tanning's three locations, sunless-tanning experts unveil a varied collection of body-bronzing apparatuses and direct visitors toward tanning products that jive with each person's skin type. The shop's standup and lie-down tanning beds from brands such as Solarix, Sun Up II, and Malibu darken epidermal expanses with UV rays, and spray-tan booths envelop bodies in a mist of UV-free tanning formula that doesn't streak, unlike unencumbered window panes running freely through the rain. Sol Y Luna Tanning's ornate chandeliers shed light over well-organized displays of lotion that guests can pluck to maintain their skin and newly earned tans.
The technicians at LaserDerm MedSpa & Wellness Center wield lasers to smooth and contour bodies. They specialize in laser hair removal to permanently reduce fuzz on bikini lines, underarms, and toes. To whittle down excess curves, they activate a Zerona device that uses low-level lasers to cause fat cells to release their contents as clients lie down and relax, read, or listen to the Tuvan throat singing playing on their iPod. Additionally, the center offers treatments for skin issues such as lines, scars, or sun damage.
While they specialize in massage, it would be erroneous to say The Massage Center's therapists only do one thing. Their fingers can knead and stroke to the tune of 14 massage modalities, each one carefully administered to render specific benefits.
It's not hard to figure out what the massages accomplish, since the center gives each treatment an easy to remember name. For example, "My Vacation" is just that: an escape into the massage room for a light, Swedish massage focused on relieving stress. During "Rainy Day" treatments, essential oils drop onto the body, while the "Aroma Delight Relaxation" treatments fill the massage room with soothing scents. Other massages focus on specific types of clients, like athletes or expectant mothers. During the "Baby on Board" massage, therapists address lower back pain, swelling in the legs, and other issues for women from the second trimester to six months after birth, when a child can finally leave for college.
Even as a little girl, Arlene Gray knew she wanted to be a hairstylist, and she has spent the last 27 years fulfilling that dream. After training in New York City, she moved south, eventually opening A's Hair Salon. Not only does she continue to treat hair to her expert styling services—including colorings, cuts, keratin treatments, relaxers, and extensions—but she also shares her knowledge with others as a cosmetology instructor and volunteer stylist for cancer-related charities.
Walking into Kani Beauty Salon is like walking into a friendly neighbor's house, assuming you live next door to a beauty parlor. Stylists welcome visitors to the cheery space for hair services that range from routine trims to more dramatic mane-makeovers. Highlights and lowlights can add dimension to locks, while perms or keratin treatments render them lushly full or sleek and straight. The specialists also perform waxing treatments for the full body.
Emboldened by her training at High-Tech Institute, Sarah Elliott set out to ease her clients' tension and help them regain bodily harmony by opening her own studio in the Serenity Center. As guests recline on a microfiber blanket in a private, candlelit massage room, Sarah mends muscles with an array of soothing massage modalities, some of which incorporate essential oils and hot stones. During integrated-massage sessions, she combines Swedish relaxation techniques with trigger-point therapy, deep-tissue massage, and stretching to loosen muscles and subdue pain. As a prenatal-certified therapist, Sarah can also treat expectant mothers suffering from nausea, back pain, and stress through targeted kneading. Regular recipients of massage therapy often cite a host of benefits, such as better sleep, improved concentration, and the ability to finish friends’ sentences for them.