5th Avenue Salon’s multitude of beautifiers spiff up weary physiques from top to toe. Hands fatigued from guerilla-thumb warfare unwind as one of the seasoned staffers buffs and files during a manicure, whereas battered soles take a 10-toed load off during a soothing pedicure. Once clients' extremities are sufficiently cleansed and burnished, technicians artfully daub nails with a traditional polish or, for an additional fee, Gelish polish to facilitate stylish, runway-grade direction pointing. Alternatively, adroit skin gurus kick off the one-hour classic European facial with a cleansing-and-toning treatment designed to whisk away epidermal impurities from all skin types before a thorough exfoliation and steam. Then, a therapeutic massage melts away tension icicles from faces, shoulders, and necks with calming kneads and strokes, paving the way for a custom facemask that swaddles cheeks in a skin-transforming veil. The application of a healing eye-care treatment and moisturizing SPF lotion conclude treatments, leaving faces feeling as good as a million-dollar bill lounging in a beachside hammock.
Registered aesthetic nurse Carmen Kitts and Dr. Marlys Pike each boast more than a decade of experience, which they bring to every treatment performed at Tru' Identity. With an arsenal of state-of-the-art tools on hand, the duo is well equipped to help clients achieve head-to-toe beauty.
Clients can choose from an array of injectable facial treatments to fend off signs of aging. Botox diminishes forehead lines and crow's-feet, and dermal fillers work to restore the natural youthful contours of the face. The staff can also revamp gams with laser hair removal or sclerotherapy, which aims to lessen the appearance of varicose and spider veins. Other cosmetic services include acne treatments and tattoo removal, which incorporates lasers to lighten tattoos until they are only visible when viewed through decoder rings found inside cereal boxes from the 1950s.
Bowenwork aims to heal from within, opening neural-chemical pathways to alleviate stress on the organs and muscles. The holistic therapy was first developed in Australia in the 1950s and is now practiced throughout the world, including at Carlisle Bowenwork, helmed by licensed massage therapist Nancy Bittinger. Although she specializes in Bowenwork, Nancy also relieves muscle aches with traditional massage therapy and Thai yoga massage.
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
I provide a soothing atmosphere and offer creative, holistic measures to energize, purify, and release the pain from your body and mind. Client's need a therapist they trust. I always have my client's well-being in mind during every massage.
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
To be able to help others relieve stress. Be able to work around my children's schedules so that they can be more active in school activities, and I can attend every event. To offer my services to various non-profit organizations to raise funds and awareness, which means a lot to me.
What do you love most about your job?
Meeting clients who come to me slumped over from pain or stress is upsetting to me. However, when they leave and can move their shoulder and neck without pain; when they can look up and stand straight...this is the highlight of my work. Seeing clients smile.
What is the best reaction you've ever gotten from a customer?
"Amazing arm and leg work! Great way to relax your body after a rough work week or when you are pushing your workouts! Cristina will give a specialized massage based on your personal needs. Very knowledgeable in her craft." - Bev
Serenity Salon & Spa is a full service salon and spa that envelopes the body in relaxation from scalp to toe-tip with Eminence products for facial services and Mirabella products for make-up services. A skilled aesthetician can tackle the T-zone with a facial, or nix unflattering fuzz during a specialty wax, while a licensed stylist can engineer flattering layers and color highlights. Guests may also retreat to a private room for deep-tissue or soothing Swedish massage from the spa's licensed massage therapist.