On her path to becoming a massage therapist, Kim Hayes learned how to take control of her health and better understand her own body. Today, this knowledge of the human anatomy reveals itself through her massage work and aids her in helping others improve their own health. As a member of the American Massage Therapy Association, Hayes has mastered a whole host of massage-therapy services ranging from Swedish, hot-stone, and deep-tissue massage to reflexology, lymphatic drainage, and myofascial release. Hayes likes to use heat to induce deeper states of relaxation, employing heated beds, warm towels, and grilled cucumbers to ease aches and pains buried deep in the body.
"Choose a job you love, and you will never work a day in your life". Since she was a child, Ashley Petet had heard this old adage repeated, but never believed it until enrolling in the Institute of Massage Therapies. There she found a deep satisfaction in helping others feel better. Under expert guidance, she fine-tuned her Swedish massage and trigger point techniques, as well as receiving education in cranio-sacral therapy, myofascial release, and energy healing. Now Ashley loves her job as a certified massage therapist and everyday slackens muscles in the comfort of her own Just Breathe Massage studio.
For more than 20 years, Kelly Stroud has been determined to make her dreams come true, and to look good doing it. In this time, she’s sharpened her shears and dulled her buffer sticks by beautifying the hair and nails of loyal clients. And at K and S Studios, she and her fellow stylists and technicians offer a variety of services performed amid sleek lines and slick hardwood floors. The stylists clip and set hair using Matrix professional products, and nail technicians lacquer fingertips with quick-drying Axxium gel polish that’s ideal for those who prefer to receive manicures just minutes before the state patty-cake championships.
There's a hidden ingredient in every treatment at Alicia's Salon and Day Spa: enthusiasm. Alicia's staff of licensed specialists credit the enjoyment that they take in their work for much of its successful results. Their makeovers also depend on thorough consultations with clients and on trusted products (most of which come from Redken). But a fondness for their art fuels the entire team, from apprentice-level members all the way up to master stylists.
Their services cover flattering trims, hair color, extensions, as well as texturing treatments such as keratin smoothing and CHI straightening. Aside from fashioning new 'dos, they pamper hands and feet with mani-pedis that include exfoliating scrubs and hot towels. Massages can be alone or with a partner in a private room, and facial services include peels and microdermabrasion. The salon also has a full calendar of specials, rewarding customers with deals six days a week.
Within Noreen's Hair Studio cream-colored walls lies the solution to soothing world-weary appendages and revitalizing hair, skin, and nails. To instill life into dull mitts and feet, staffers shape and polish nails and cuticles during spa and signature mani-pedis before bedecking each thumb with a replica of the thimble worn by Betsy Ross as she sewed America’s first pair of tweezers. Waxing rids bodies of unwanted fuzz, and the salon's other hair treatments help renew tired manes. They also cleanse and soothe skin with deep-cleansing facials. The salon stocks its cabinets with brand-name products such as OPI gel polish, as well as custom-made concoctions designed to tackle individual clients' needs.
At SoVA Laser, the certified laser technicians rely on one tool for their cosmetic treatments: Alma Lasers’ Harmony XL machine. The high-tech laser can be used to remove unwanted hair and minimize the appearance of spider veins or sun spots. To prevent discomfort, IN-Motion technology helps create a steady, controlled stream of laser energy.