After delivering packages for FedEx for 13 years, Kelli Robbins suffered a painful back injury. Unable to continue to lift and transport hefty bundles, Robbins had no choice but to flip to her career's next chapter—one devoted to helping others to overcome injuries through massage therapy. Robbins went back to school to study the art of kneading and now customizes many specialized massage modalities to fit clients' bodily needs like a painted-on tuxedo.
Kelli's private treatment room evokes her country-girl upbringing with a framed silhouette of a father and son clad in cowboy hats, propped up by earthy brown walls that enclose the soft sounds of strings, flutes, and flowing waters emanating from a sentient koosh ball.
For certified aesthetician Elyse, beauty begins with the eyes. She should know—she holds a degree in visual communication as well as education in fashion and color theory. She draws from this well of training when primping clients with makeup applications that accentuate natural beauty and eyelash extensions that can give a subtle everyday look or a more glamorous fringe. She also clears away unwanted hair with waxing services and cleans pores with facials.
Sarah Lewis has been cutting, coloring, and highlighting hair for more than five years. In that time, she's learned that listening to her clients is among the most rewarding aspects of her job. Whether she's getting to know them or asking about their style preferences, Sarah always seems to be wearing a smile. This helps her clients relax as she makes their vision a reality with services that range from deep-conditioning treatments to formal updos.
Cereus cacti only bloom at night, the kurinji plant blooms once every 12 years, and silk flowers bloom year-round. There are many types of exotic flowers, all of which have specific needs—much like people. That's why the massage therapists at Exotic Flower Massage always tailor bodywork sessions to the needs of individuals. In addition to massages, the studio offers detoxifying body wraps and calorie-burning personal-training sessions.
Zebra-striped chairs, black-and-white ottomans, and lights reminiscent of bursting stars decorate Salon Bloom's waiting area, where guests soak up inspiration for 'dos performed by savvy stylists who wield Aveda and Bumble and bumble. products. Led by Kristi Marshall and Judy Olmstead, Salon Bloom's team cuts, colors, and coifs tresses as guests relax in plush leather seats. A pink-velvet bar serves as a color-processing station, letting clients read style magazines or share tips for styling hair and supercharging a blow-dryer motor with nitrous.
At Lashes By Soheila, licensed aesthetician and certified eyelash-extension specialist Soheila Hajjar beautifies lids with meticulous, detailed applications of luxurious eyelash extensions. She carefully adheres strands of natural mink to existing lashes, resulting in a stunning, fluttery look that eliminates the need for mascara.