Nyria Acosta isn’t content to merely heal the body with her therapeutic massages. She also wants to grant her clients a reprieve from life’s daily stressors, be they morning traffic jams or bosses who write their memos in binary code. Nyria describes her bodywork as “soul-centered”—a claim she backs up with breathing techniques designed to calm the body, mind, and soul.
It’s no surprise that Nyria pays so much attention to the spiritual side of things. The skilled massage therapist honed many of her techniques at India's Ayurveda Training Institute before sharpening her technical skills at the Cincinnati School of Medical Massage. She draws on both experiences to pamper clients with deep-tissue, hot-stone, and restorative Pada Abhyanga massages. For a massage you likely won’t find anywhere else, try one of her aptly named prayerssages. During these special sessions, she enhances her strokes with the healing power of prayer.
When organizing exercise regimens for his clients, personal trainer Matt Kasee draws inspiration from several periods of his life: the time he spent studying anatomy in graduate school, his process of becoming certified by the NSCA and ACSM, and of course, his trips to Disney World. Matt sees the theme park as an exemplary model of thorough planning and originality, which are concepts he strives to incorporate in his fitness programs. Just as each Disney attraction is hyperconscious of its target audience, his routines are customized to each person and their goals. He also tries to emulate the park's knack for mixing entertainment with education—his workouts prioritize fun and variety as motivational tools rather than intimidation or the threat of playing "It's a Small World" on a loop.
Matt leads both private and semiprivate training sessions with specific milestones in mind. Whether his clients want to lose weight, bulk up, or enhance their athletic performance, his methods adjust to suit their respective starting points and goals. He gives guests the competitive edge with movement analyses, nutrition tips, and gym guidance, and he even encourages patrons with online coaching.
Sunlight pours onto the hardwood floors and exposed brick walls of BeneFit Studio, creating a serene backdrop for a diverse range of wellness services. Cardio and strength-training equipment speckle the studio, challenging trainees as they work their way through personal-training, boot-camp, and yoga sessions. Just beyond the training rooms, soft white curtains shroud the salon and Aveda spa, where guests perch upon cushy chairs as aestheticians dole out cuts, colors, and manicures, as well as facials and professional BEAM spray tans. Massage therapists also revitalize clients with Swedish and sports massages. And for ongoing wellness, a staff nutritionist crafts custom meal plans based on the goals and shadow heights of individual clients.
Alba Beauty Studio—short for Andrea Lauren Beauty Associates— is a premier beauty studio that caters to a variety of clients aesthetic needs such as hair and make-up needs. The studio is also home to Cincy Style Bar which is located inside of Alba Beauty Studio. Most nicknames are well earned, and Cincy Style Bar's is no exception. Affectionately deemed "BPP"—blown, painted, and powdered— helps its clients achieve a polished and put-together look in approximately one hour. Makeup artists apply one of six signature looks ranging from "natural beauty," which amps up facial features without the noticeable appearance of cosmetics, to the enigmatic "mysterious beauty," which uses winged eyeliner to spark the attention of roving Hardy Boys. Makeup lessons help the Style Bar's clients replicate their fetching looks at home.
Full transformations continue in LadiesOnlySprayTanning— the tanning boutique. Catering exclusively to women, LOST strives to give each client an airbrushed tan that's free of streaks and lines. If that wasn't enough, blowouts, manicures, and false lashes round out the roster of services.
Owner Mary Sowers describes Hair & Body Works as a place "where healthy meets beautiful"—a claim that's corroborated by her use of ethical products, such as Kevin.Murphy haircare. As a PETA-approved brand, Kevin.Murphy adheres to a strict no-cruelty-to-animals policy and remains free of sulfates, parabens, and caffeine. The salon also offers beautification beyond the scalp with services such as waxing, tanning, massage, and nailcare.
Signature Service: Sports massage
Brands Used: Prossage and Biofreeze
Minimum Age Requirement: 14
Staff Size: 1 person
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: I am located in Hyde Park Plaza, inside Salon Lofts, Loft 12.