Massage therapists Thea Vincenti and Toné Dancy believe happiness is integrally related to physical health, and so they have dedicated their lives to fine-tuning their clients' bodies. To this end, each is versed a type of holistic exercise that augments knowledge of anatomy and physiology learned through massage.
Vincenti graduated from Blue Ridge School of Massage and Yoga in 2004, following up her degree with 200 hours of yoga-teacher training in Ashtanga and Hatha styles. Dancy studied at the Ancestral Mountain Tuina School in Floyd, Virginia, to specialize in bodywork influenced by classical Chinese medicine. This practice works in tandem with his continuous study of qi gong and martial arts, which emphasize self-reflection and directing energy flows, as well as mastering challenging choreography from Beyoncé videos.
The trained staff of Tan 'N Tone acquaints clients with indoor bronzing in one of the salon's beds, booths, or through UV-free spray tanning. Each member of the salon team gains accreditation after passing a written examination and successfully calculating the date of the next solar flare, then cheerily relays that knowledge to visitors. New clients can also take a tour of the salon, where experts discuss safe tanning practices while introducing their guests to Tan 'N Tone's equipment.
Clients may achieve an even UV tan across the body or a specific area using the salon's full complement of tanning beds and booths. The powerful Matrix bed grants deep, dark tans in short sessions, and standup tanners can savor the wide, open-air design of the X2 Maxx High Pressure booth. The Legacy focuses on darkening legs, and Pacifica leaves faces golden. For UV-free tans, the Pura Sunless spray-tan booth releases gentle misting to let visitors emerge bearing a sun-kissed appearance.
The Tan Company's experienced tanning consultants harness the body-metallizing power of Helios and relocate it to customers' skin via spray tans and Sundash tanning beds. Rather than waiting for a high-five from King Midas, guests can instead gild their hides in five levels of UV tanning beds, including some with iPod hookups and AC systems.
HD Mystic Tan treatments simulate a bath in our nearest star’s beams with a DHA tanning solution suitable for nearly all skin types that contains no alcohol, perfumes, oils, or artificial preservatives. For a more individualized touch, staffers wield SunFX airbrushes to coat physiques in natural-looking bronzes that complement the client's unique curvature for up to 7 days. Tan-enhancing lotions from brands such as Australian Gold and Swedish Beauty prolong clients' new hues and infuse skin with a healthy dose of hydration.
In some ways, Melanie Dowell is still living out the effects of the car accident she was in when she was 11 years old. When pain from the accident persisted, her parents took her to a holistic health center, where she was able to experience the healing benefits of massage firsthand—thus cementing her faith in bodywork. At Body Harmony Massage Therapy, she gives her clients the same experience; her massages alleviate the pain and tension that result from accidents, sports injuries, or pushing nerds into broom closets. She also performs body treatments that use herbs and flowers to treat skin. For instance, the lavender body treatment combines lavender, cornmeal, and essential oils of ginger and eucalyptus to regenerate cells and relax respiratory tightness, and the Hot Toddy for the Body warms skin with a cornmeal scrub before a massage with orange oil reduces tension.
A graduate of the Body Therapy Institute, Body Balance Spa owner and certified massage therapist Carrie Boucher recalibrates bodies and relieves raw muscles with a range of targeted massage services. A treatment designed to promote overall wellness and a lifelong love of gravlax, the lighter-touch Swedish massage concentrates on calming the muscle system, improving circulation, and promoting relaxation to a middle-management rank. Athletes can lengthen long jumps and lower limbo poles by keeping individual muscles working more efficiently thanks to a myofascial––or deep-tissue––massage. A slower paced massage, this technique spotlights the connective tissues surrounding the muscles, releasing tension, eliminating adhesions between muscle groups, and disseminating deep feelings of relaxation. Helpful for clients suffering from hypertension, anxiety, insomnia, or muscle pain, integrative reflexology massage works by stimulating reflex areas in the hands and feet, which correspond to every part of the body, including the organs, glands, and the brain's staff of daydream writers. This type of massage also boosts lymphatic, nerve, and blood circulation and whittles away muscular tension in the neck, shoulders, elbows, hip, sciatic area, and back.
The staff at Hollywood Hair and Nails has perfected the art of lavishing guests in top-notch salon treatments, earning them Best Nail Salon, Best Hair Salon, and Best Place to Get Pampered nods from So Salem for four years running. Their Goldwell Color–certified aestheticians welcome clients into a space seeping with the warmth of burgundy walls, earth-toned tiles, and work stations furnished with hardwood flooring. Black and white photos of classic film stars smile down on the all-lady team as they perform hair coloring and perms, manicures, and waxing using OPI polishes and Paul Mitchel haircare products. Within a secluded corner of the salon, a therapist kneads away tension from the body with Swedish, hot-stone, and deep-tissue massage treatments.