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.
Tucked in the New River Valley away from the stresses of everyday life, Yellow Sulphur Springs Healing Spa offers an oasis where beleaguered bodies and weary minds can be refreshed and rejuvenated. A licensed team performs an array of healing services, including acupuncture, massage, facials, and private yoga instruction. After treatments, visitors are encouraged to stick around and stroll the grounds, meander along the winding creek, or pause at the pond to recite Shakespearean sonnets to swimming goldfish.
At Body Wrap 360, clients emerge not only more relaxed, but also feeling sleeker and slimmer. They lie on massage tables as their skin absorbs the minerals from an all-natural solution, while warm blankets help the solution penetrate pores better than asking the client to chant "open sesame" during sessions. Massages also usher clients toward relaxation, and infrared-sauna sessions help with the reduction of cellulite and toxins in systems.
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 Melanie's Barefoot Bodyworks, 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, cloves, and cinnamon before a massage with orange oil reduces tension.
A black-and-white photograph of style icon Audrey Hepburn gazes beatifically out at Stand Out Salon's lounge, looking silently approving as clients leave the salon with their fresh, fashionable 'dos. Clients take a seat in plush, leather chairs as their stylists, armed with Bumble and bumble products, showcase extensive knowledge of haircutting, coloring, and whispering. In addition to hair services, the salon can perk up complexions with a Norvell airbrush tan, which creates a faux glow that last for five to seven days, and unwanted hair sprouting from the face can be quickly and quietly banished with hygienic waxing services. As freshly primped guest leave they can stop and peek at the salon's retail area, packed with shelves bearing Rusk and Tigi BedHead and Curlesque haircare, as well as highly pigmented makeup from Rain Cosmetics.
The owners of Lava Tanning & Massage stock their storefront with premium UV beds, as well as offer UV-free spray tanning procedures, earning their Salem location a spot on Looking Fit magazine's list of the Top 250 tanning salons in 2009. During visits, staffers help guests fight cellulite with a botanically based body wrap, combat stress with a massage, or work to diminish wrinkles and ill-mannered comparisons to shar-peis with a red-light therapy session.